Youngchul Sung

Professor

School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST

Joint affiliation with Graduate School of AI at KAIST

291 Daehakro, Yuseonggu, Daejeon, 34141

South Korea

Biography

Youngchul Sung received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea in 1993 and 1995, respectively. After working at LG Information and Communications, Ltd. (now merged with LG Electronics) as a senior research engineer from 1995 to 2000, he joined the Ph.D. program in School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA and received Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with Applied Mathematics as minor in 2005. From 2005 until 2007, he was a senior engineer in the Corporate R & D Center of Qualcomm, Inc., San Diego, CA, USA and participated in design of Qualcomm’s 3GPP R6 WCDMA base station modem. Since 2007 he has been on the faculty of the School of Electrical Engineering in KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea.

Dr. Sung’s research interests include signal processing for communications, statistical signal processing, statistical inference and reinforcement learning with applications to communication and related areas. Dr. Sung is currently a vice director of IEEE Communications Society, Asia-Pacific Board and an executive editor of ICT Express. He served as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing from 2017 to 2021 and an associate editor of IEEE Signal Processing Letters from 2012 to 2014. Dr. Sung served as a board member of UNESCO/Netexplo University Advisory Board and as various positions in many technical committees.

Education

  • 2000.08 ~ 2005.05, Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA (Advisor: Prof. Lang Tong, PhD Dissertation: "Detection of non-independent and identically distributed signals: Asymptotic analysis")

  • 1993.03 ~ 1995.02, M.S. Electronics Engineering, Seoul National University (Advisor: Prof. Sangwook Nam)

  • 1989.03 ~ 1993.02, B.S. Electronics Engineering, Seoul National University

Employment

  • 2018.09 ~ Present, Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST

  • 2010.03 ~ 2018.08, Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST

  • 2007.02 ~ 2010.02, Assistant Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, KAIST

  • 2018.01 ~ 2018.12, Visiting Associate Researcher, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Irvine, CA, USA (Host: Prof. Hamid Jafarkhani)

  • 2012.08 ~ 2013.07, Visiting Scientist, The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), MIT, MA, USA (Host: Prof. Lizhong Zheng)

  • 2005.10 ~ 2007.01, Senior Engineer, Corporate R & D Center, Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, CA, USA

  • 2005.06 ~ 2005.09, Post-doctoral Associate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

  • 1995.01 ~ 2000.06, Senior Research Engineer, LG Information and Communications, Ltd. (now merged with LG Electronics), South Korea

Research Topics

  • 2007 - Now, Communication Signal Processing, Statistical Signal Processing, and Reinforcement Learning

  • 2005 - 2007, Wideband CDMA at Qualcomm, Inc., San Diego, CA

  • 2000 - 2005, Statistical Signal Processing at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 1995 - 2000, Code-Division Multiple Access (CDMA) at LG Information and Communications, Ltd.

Professional Activities and Services

  • Senior Member of IEEE, IEEE Signal Processing Society, IEEE Communication Society, IEEE Information Theory Society

  • Editorial Services

  • Technical Activities

    • Member of UNESCO/Netexplo University Advisory Board, May 2015 - Apr. 2017

    • IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), Asia Pacific Board (APB)

      • Vice Director, Jan. 2020 - Present

      • Chair, Chapters Coordination Committee (CCC), Jan. 2018 - Dec. 2019

      • Chair, Membership Development Committee (MDC), Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2017

      • Vice Chair, Information Services Committee (ISC), Jan. 2014 - Dec. 2015

      • Vice Chair, Meeting and Conference Committee (MCC), Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2013

    • Member, IEEE ComSoc, Signal Processing and Communications Electronics (SPCE) TC, Jan. 2014 - Present

    • Associate member, IEEE Signal Processing Society (IEEE SPS), Signal Processing for Communications (SPCOM) TC, Jan. 2010- Dec. 2012

    • Member, Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA), Signal and Information Processing Theory and Methods (SIPTM) TC, Jan. 2010 - Dec. 2018

    • TPC Co-Chair, Communication Theory Symposium, IEEE International Conference on Communication (ICC) 2022

    • Publicity Chair (Asia-Pacific), IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom) 2012

    • For more technical activities, please see Curriculum Vitae.

  • Korean Activities and Services

    • Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences (KICS)

      • Elected Trustee (2014 - Present )

      • Director, International Affairs, KICS (2018,2017, 2016, 2015),

      • Director, Domestic Journal, KICS (2014)

    • Chair (2015), Vice Chair (2014), Secretary (2013, 2012, 2011), Member (2008 - Present), Coding and Information Theory Technical Committee, KICS

    • Member, Mobile Communication Technical Committee, KICS (2009 - Present)

    • Member, Military Communication Technical Committee, KICS (2008 - Present)

Honors and Awards

  • 2020.02, Samsung Humantech Paper Award (Silver) Co-authored with W. Jung et al.

  • 2019.02, Samsung Humantech Paper Award Co-authored with W. Kim et al.

  • 2018.08, Championship, The 1st AI Soccer Worldcup with Students W. Kim et al.

  • 2018.03, Championship, The 1st KAIST Intramural AI Soccer Competition with Students W. Kim et al.

  • 2017.12, Second Prize, The 1st AI Soccer Korean Cup with Students W. Kim et al.

  • 2015.01, Samsung Humantech Paper Award (Two Bronzes) Co-authored with J. Seo and G. Lee

  • 2014.11, Distinguished Service Award, Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences (KICS)

  • 2013.02, Samsung Humantech Paper Award (Silver) Co-authored with Juho Park

  • 2011.02, Samsung Humantech Paper Award (Bronze) Co-authored with Heejung Yu

  • 2010.05, 한중일 정상회담 동반 제 1 회 한중일 청년과학자 워크샵, 대한민국 젊은 IT 과학자 대표 (교육과학기술부 KISTEP 선정)

  • 2010.04, JCCI 2010 Best Paper Award Co-authored with Juho Park

  • 2005.05, ICASSP 2005 Best Paper Award

Publication

Selected Projects

  • Information Theory-Based Reinforcement Learning for Generalized Environments (NRF, 2021.03 ~ 2025.02)

  • Research on Information Geometry-Based Performance Enhancement for Policy-Based Reinforcement Learning with Large Action Spaces (NRF, 2017.09 ~ 2021.08)

  • Develoment of Disaster Response Algorithm through Internet Big Data Analysis Based on Artificial Intelligence (NRF, 2019.09 ~ 2022.08)

  • Building a Simulation Environment for Machine Learning-Based Edge Computing Operation Optimization (IITP, 2019.04 ~ 2021.12)

  • Research and Development of Adaptive Machine Learning Algorithms for Autonomous Digital Companion (IITP, 2016.12 ~ 2020.12)

  • Pattern Analysis and Anomaly Detection of AMI Smart Meter Data (KEPCO, 2016.05 ~ 2016.11)

  • Research and Development of Open 5G Reference Model (IITP, 2016.08 ~ 2019.02)

  • Development of Fundamental Technologies for User-Centric 5G Mobile Personal Cells (ETRI, 2013.04 ~ 2016.02)

Teaching

  • EE827 Information Geometry, Fall 2019, Fall 2013

  • EE807/MATH501 Real Analysis, Spring 2015

  • EE629 Mobile Communication, Fall 2015

  • EE623 Information Theory, Fall 2011, Fall 2010

  • EE622 Detection and Estimation, Fall 2017, Fall 2014

  • EE619 Mathematical Foundations of Reinforcement Learning, Spring 2021

  • EE522 Advanced Communication Systems, Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007

  • EE421 Communication Systems, Spring 2016, Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Spring 2007

  • EE321 Communication Engineering, Fall 2020, Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2015

  • EE305 Introduction to Electronic Design Lab., Spring 2017, Fall 2016

  • EE210 Probability and Random Processes, Fall 2021

  • EE202 Signals and Systems, Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Spring 2010