January 12th, 2015

1. I am interested in ECL Lab. How (what) should I prepare for it?

There may seem to be many things that you should do to get prepared, such as taking advanced-level courses, but if I have to choose one or two, it is Programming and English.
First, why English? Not only are all courses taught in English, there are international students who cannot speak Korean. This means that you have to use English for discussions with your labmate and for project collaboration with your classmates. Of course in many graduate courses including what I teach, there are presentation (in English) and discussion times. Thus what I mean by English skill is not some TOEIC score, but the communication skill really, which is important in arguably every walk of career you will end up choosing.
Second, programming (or mathematics alike) is about communicating with computers or other technology-minded people. That’s very important to carry out major research activity here. And through programming you can learn a lot about engineering.

2. What are the important subjects (courses) that are absolutely necessary for ECL Lab’s research?

Graduate study is not so much about taking courses as exploring frontiers, but you need to cover the basics. Here are a few:

  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Programming (eg., Object-Oriented Programming for UNIST undergrads)
  • Computer Organization and Design
  • Intro to Algorithm
  • Digital Logic
  • Intro to Compilers and Intro to VLSI Design would be a plus, but not mandatory.

3. I am not a CSE student. Can I apply?

Firstly, if you are an EE student, you are welcome — as much as a CSE student. This is because a major part of our research is about hardware/software co-design, so you need to know both, sometimes including digital integrated circuit (or VLSI) designs.
Secondly, if you are interested in what we do here, and competent as a researcher/engineer, nothing really matters. The spectrum of our research is quite broad and positively expanding.

4. When can I apply for the graduate school in UNIST?

Please refer to the UNIST admission homepage for submission deadlines, etc.

You can also contact the professor for possible internship or undergraduate research opportunities anytime.

5. Where can  I find more information about graduate school admission?

The UNIST admission portal is here.

6. Where can I find course related stuff?

Information on courses/ student advising / etc. can be found in my personal web site, or maybe in the wiki page on CourseList.