With an objective of enhancing the IT capacity of Korea to that of developed countries, a group of professors engaged in the relevant technological fields have founded in 1999 the Advanced Information Technology Research Center (AITrc) designated as an engineering research center (ERC) of excellence by the Korean Science and Engineering Foundation. Established with the mission of excellence in scientific and engineering research, AITrc currently has a membership of twenty or so professors from the Department of Computer Science at KAIST and other eight universities. The main objective of AITrc is to lead the Korean IT technology on the frontier, toward developing core IT technologies through synergetic efforts of the participants by integrating their rich experiences and accumulated technological strengths. To this end, AITrc has set its goal to developing Intelligent Distributed Integrated Information Architecture (IDIIA).




The IDIIA involves four enabling technologies: (1) database and knowledge management, (2) intelligent information agents, (3) natural language processing, and (4) network and multimedia telepresence. The AITrc defined an umbrella project consisting of the four component projects. The first component aims at developing a large-scale distributed information and knowledge management system. The second component aims at developing intelligent agent technology. The third component aims at developing the technology for adaptive, semantics-based processing of multilingual information. The fourth component aims at developing a high speed network-based, next-generation multimedia telepresence system, including the network security issues.




In order to ensure the success of the projects, AITrc has set several goals both for research and development (R&D) and for technology transfer. As for the R&D, AITrc will (1) enhance the domestic IT capacities through collaboration with premiere research institutes on the globe and active participation in international conferences and workshops, (2) cultivate professional IT workforce by training them through internships, and postdoctoral or advanced degree programs, and (3) have the results of developed technologies deployed for public use through the Digital Library and Electronic Commerce systems. As for the technology transfer, AITrc will (1) develop the core technology and systems that meet the standard for commercialization, and (2) actively pursue university-industry collaboration and technology transfer to industries.


 Kyu-Young Whang