Artificial intelligence (AI) significantly affects all aspects of modern society and industry, and it is expected that in the future, AI-based technologies will be widely used to assist humans in almost all areas. The AI Convergence Department was established in 2022 with the full support of the university to train talented students in the high-tech convergence field who will lead the rapidly developing 4th industrial revolution, and its goal is to allow our students to acquire basic and expert knowledge on AI and explore various ways to solve diverse social problems through a variety of disciplines and convergence education. This will contribute to national development, as well as the advancement of human societies across the world.
The AI convergence department offers three major fields of study: AI, data science, and entertainment technology. Each field provides a curriculum consisting of courses on various subjects, such as AI, machine learning, data science, and the metaverse, as well as industry-oriented projects and digital innovation content. The students of the AI convergence department take courses in major fields after completing courses on common subjects for cultivating basic knowledge (mathematics, software, course projects, etc.) and can freely select one of the three major fields of study according to their aptitude and future vision following various experiences such as academic–industrial cooperation, global projects, and extracurricular programs. This young talent with AI convergence capabilities will lead the future society.
The AI convergence department is expected to play a pivotal role in spreading the cutting-edge studies across the university by offering flexible undergraduate programs, such as micro-degrees, convergence/interdisciplinary programs, and double majors in various fields. This will give students seeking degrees in various fields experience in the fields of new cutting-edge technologies and allow them to acquire distinct professional capabilities that can be applied to their major fields.
College of AI Convergence
The education goal of the AI major is to educate AI development and application experts on the key theories, principles, and applications of AI, thereby producing outstanding individuals who will contribute to improving AI competency in various industries in Korea and promote social and national development.
1. Basic and theoretical knowledge in the field of AI and integrated, creative thinking abilities
2. System design and application abilities in the field of AI
3. Teamwork and good communication skills required for joint/collaborative work
4. Ethics, lifelong study abilities, and language skills required of technical experts in AI in the international society
The 4th industrial revolution is leading us to an “intelligent society where everything is connected,” and the rapid development of ICT technology is significantly affecting society and industries. AI has already infiltrated our daily lives in various ways.
For example, AI is used for performing simple repetitive tasks. Moreover, it is expected that AI will assist humans in nearly all professional and industrial fields, including medicine, law, planning, design, and creation.
AI-related technologies have been combined with various technologies to develop new technologies in accordance with the recent interdisciplinary trend. It is expected that the role of AI as a base technology will be further expanded for enhancing the quality of life and convenience in various areas.
Students majoring in AI may become AI engineers or AI system managers in industries or perform AI-related research, planning, and management work in research laboratories and public institutions. They may also enroll in graduate schools to become professional researchers and professors after obtaining Master’s or doctoral degrees. As all areas of society have been influenced by AI, the demand for professional workers in AI has increased significantly in industries and research institutions. With the advancement of society, people with degrees in AI will increasingly be received as high-quality talent. Careers of students majoring in AI after graduation include the following.
- Become AI developers or managers in AI-related large companies and venture companies
- Become AI researchers or planning workers at research institutions and public institutions
- Start AI-related venture companies
- Become university professors and laboratory researchers in the field of AI after obtaining Master’s or doctoral degrees
Department of AI Studies
Students majoring in data science receive education for cultivating their analytical thinking skills and creative applications through theoretical courses and practical projects involving data collection, analysis, and visualization, enhancing their capability to actively respond to the rapidly changing 4th industrial revolution information society.
They are trained to become global data scientists who will play key roles in various fields, including research laboratories, public institutions, and industries, through convergence research and education in collaboration with other disciplines that require data-based scientific and objective analysis.
In the industrial world, including private companies and nonprofit organizations in the public sector, increasing amounts of data are being collected and used in daily operations. Finding patterns using data for solving urgent problems, e.g., predicting what people will buy and coping with environmental pollution, in innovative and imaginative manners has become a realistic requirement.
The recent development of data storage technology has allowed large quantities of data from various sources to be extracted, analyzed, and interpreted via data mining, AI, machine learning, and statistical learning theories. Delivering knowledge obtained by analyzing data using definitive and logical languages has become an important requirement. Moreover, data-analysis capabilities, along with other technologies of the 4th industrial revolution, are playing a central role, and their range is becoming wider owing to the rapid technological development.
The demand for data-analysis experts has exploded in domestic and foreign industries and nonprofit organizations. However, the current shortage of data-analysis experts in domestic industries is severe despite numerous efforts. In the age of the 4th industrial revolution, which will change human life, AI will play an increasingly important role, and the demand for qualified data-science experts (data scientists) is expected to increase accordingly.
As data plays an important role in the 4th industrial revolution age, it is difficult to limit careers after graduation to specific fields, and the demand for data scientists with theoretical knowledge and work experience has been increasing in all fields where meaningful results are to be extracted from data. It is also expected that more students will attend graduate schools in other disciplines where the use of Big Data is important.
- Business analysts: plan marketing and sales strategies using data-analysis tools
- Data analysts: refine and analyze data to perform predictive analysis
- Data engineers: extract data from servers and perform large-scale distributed processing
- Data-science researchers: Conduct research at data science- and AI-related research institutions or similar institutions
- Start data science-related venture companies
- Attend graduate schools at this university or other prestigious universities in Korea or overseas
Department of Data Science Studies
The metaverse has recently received attention owing to its potential to bring about innovative changes across all areas of society. It is combined with service platforms such as games and SNS to extend its application to all industries. The metaverse is an assembly of general-purpose technologies including XR (extended reality) and D.N.A. (data, network, AI) that expands the economic activity space from reality to the virtual fusion space, introducing novel experiences and creating economic value.
Entertainment technology refers to the application of cutting-edge technologies in games, culture, and art along with metaverse technology to create value. The Entertainment Technology major offers a curriculum that combines various AI-based engineering elements and cultural elements. The goal of the curriculum is to educate students so that they become AI convergence experts who understand the modern digital culture and have a theoretical and interdisciplinary grasp of AI technology, as well as working-level metaverse/game system development capabilities, ultimately contributing to social progress and the advancement of mankind.
Entertainment technology combines cutting-edge technologies such as 3D/4D interactive effects, human–computer interaction, five-sense technology, computer simulation, and extended reality with cultural products such as games, characters, music, plays, and movies to create value.
COVID-19 has had far-reaching effects on the game, media, and entertainment industries throughout the world. In particular, the game industry has evolved from providing mere entertainment to being a platform for creating value in various manners. The game platform is used as means for social interaction and allows a metaverse platform, i.e., a virtual society that provides various social activities in situations where social activities are limited in the real world, evolving into a space for creating new consumption or promoting brands.
The metaverse can be defined as a space where the virtual and real worlds interact and co-evolve, and value is created while social, economic, and cultural activities are performed. A global survey company called Strategy Analytics forecasted that the world metaverse market will reach 280 billion US dollars (approximately 315 trillion won) in 2025, and the effects of the metaverse on our lives will become increasingly significant as the metaverse market grows. The metaverse revolution will overcome the limitations of the current internet age and affect all aspects of industries and societies without being limited to specific industries. Various related theories and technologies are being actively developed around the world.
The metaverse/game track of the Entertainment Technology major will become more important and necessary as a future-oriented area with considerable development potential as related academic or industrial technologies develop in Korea and overseas. Consequently, it is expected that metaverse and game theories and production technologies will create value in various fields, including culture and art, to improve productivity and bring a new revolution, along with enhancements in human life.
With the growing importance of the entertainment technology industry for creating value, the development of various entertainment systems, software applications, and content for producing high-quality metaverses and games is becoming increasingly important. Along with this trend, the demand for professionals who have majored in entertainment technology is continuously increasing. Graduates will play a key role in research, development, production, planning, etc. in industries and research institutions, as follows.
- Entertainment technology research & development experts: AI, 3D/4D interactive effects, human–computer interaction, five-sense technology, computer simulation, and extended reality
- Related fields including application technology
- Metaverse and game content developers: content production for promotion and learning, e-learning, shopping malls, and advertisement planning and production
- Developers and planners at companies related to entertainment technology and AI convergence
- Researchers at research institutions related to entertainment technology and AI convergence
- Start venture companies related to entertainment technology and AI convergence
- Enroll in graduate schools related to entertainment technology and AI in Korea and overseas, such as CMU ETC in the USA
Department of Entertainment Technology Studies