Chairperson, NST

Kwangyun Wohn is Chairperson of National Research Council of Science and Technology (NST in short). NST is the governing organization that oversees the 25 major national research institutes, including KIST, ETRI, and KAERI. Before he accepted the Chairship of NST, he has been at KAIST as professor for 27 years.

He started his professional career at Agency of Defense Development in Korea. Having completed the master’s and Ph.D. studies at University of Wisconsin and University of Maryland, respectively, he had been with Harvard University (USA) as Lecturer, and with University of Pennsylvania (USA) as Assistant Professor. Having returned back to his home country, Korea, he had been with Computer Science Department for fifteen years, and founded a new graduate school, Graduate School of Culture Technology (GSCT) in 2005, and served as Dean. Having retired from KIAST, he still holds the Professor Emeritus of KAIST.

Major activities and accomplishments include: Director of Virtual Reality Research Center which is a national center of research excellence, Founding President of Korean Society of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Founding President of Korean Society of Performing Art, and Editorial Board of British Computer Society. While his research interests span a broad range of the intersection between art and science – from theoretical aspects to practicalities – he focuses his research efforts to the application of virtual reality technology to various cultural artifacts such as stage performances, museum exhibitions and educationa contents.