| Introducing the Program

“Nano” in Nanoscience (NS) and Nanotechnology (NT) means nanometers (one-billionth of a meter); therefore, NS and NT are science and technology defined by size. NS is a field of study aiming at the fundamental understanding of phenomena and properties of materials at nanoscale, typically less than 100 nanometers. NT deals with applications of NS, to dramatically enhance the performance of existing devices and systems, or to create novel functionalities.

Given the definitions of NS and NT, we can immediately see that NS and NT are not limited to a specific discipline in science and technology. Rather, they encompass a wide range of traditional academic disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology, electrical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, and many others. This characteristic of NS and NT presents both promises and challenges.

NS and NT are capable of overcoming limitations of current science and technology, and in the course of their development, they will continue to greatly improve the ways we obtain and process information, diagnose and treat diseases, and deal with energy and environmental issues. The challenge is that we must identify, in a timely fashion, new opportunities arising where advances in traditional science and engineering disciplines converge, and that we must be able to turn these opportunities into reality.

The mission of the Program is to foster future engineers and scientists with a solid understanding of the principles of nanoscience, who are capable of making real-world impact by overcoming the challenges mentioned earlier. The Program offers interdisciplinary teaching and research at a graduate level in the following interconnected areas of study: (a) nanophysics and nanodevices; (b) nanomaterials and nanochemistry; and (c) nanobiological science.

| Goals

- Academic professionals in NS and NT with creative and holistic thinking
- Field-oriented professionals who understand the interdisciplinary nature of NS and NT
- International professionals prepared to develop industrial technologies and expand multinational industrial collaboration
- Industrial entrepreneurs with a comparative advantage in the international nano industry

| Introducing the Program

Our behaviors, lives, and social structures are under a radical “inform-ization.” To prepare ourselves for the changes to come, a holistic approach that spans traditional academic disciplines such as Computer Science, Communications, Business Administration, and Information Studies is called for. Such necessitates a new type of analysts, engineers, designers, and managers who understand humans and the making of a society and its culture at a deeper level, and institutes for education, research and development for them.

iSchools (Information Schools) have been established in many countries, as an institutional effort to fulfill need to foster scholars and engineers who understand both the humanities and sciences. We have taken the merit of these schools and launched a new program in Digital Contents and Information Studies that would meet the needs of the country’s IT environment.

Program in Digital Contents and Information Studies has been given rise from the understanding between information, technology, and humans. It aims to understand people’s needs and usage of information, analyze the role of information within society, and construct new information infrastructure for the changing culture. Our ultimate goal is to create a better environment where people can create and share knowledge in a more effective manner. Furthermore, we want to bridge the gap between the academia and the industry, by taking more practical approaches that will encourage student potential and invigorate R&D.

We foster students to be creative and skilled enough to be future leaders in many areas of the society, such as IT industry, knowledge-based economy, and cultural contents businesses. Information is the key component in understanding the 21st century world and the mankind, and digital technology has become the core component of all academic disciplines and industries. We are committed to an interdisciplinary research that involves information, technology, and culture. Our program is based on theories and applications of information behavior, cognition and emotion, social systems and structures. Our students have fruited in many promising contributions and we envisage an even further growth in the future.

| Goals

- Design a future information infrastructure within the Information-Technology-Human framework
- Foster creative academics and professionals who make use of cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills
- Provide an extended understanding of humans and information in the changing landscape of technology-augmented information world
- Establish the Program as a prospective and solid academic discipline that will be readily applicable to practices and industries in the field

| Introducing the Program

With many pioneering attempts in crossing the boundaries between the academia and the industry, the possibility of Intelligent Systems that mimic and communicate with humans has expanded its potential.

Program in Intelligent Systems combines mechanical engineering, computer engineering, human engineering, electrical and electronics engineering, intelligent systems engineering, business, and industrial design to establish itself as a both rigorous academic discipline and a practical field. Examples of ntelligent systems include self-driving vehicles, a synergistic combination of future smart cars with various information technology infrastructures such as cloud computing, humanoid robots, systems of more complex operations that interact within the natural human environment, and computer software and hardware systems, systems that meet these complicated functional requirements within a fixed energy budget.

We seek to build intelligent systems that link human, engineering, and market together, to foster experts who can apply the knowledge to the real world, and to cultivate experts who utilize professional knowledge and are capable of thinking in a creative way.

| Goals

- Foster professionals who can build systems that reflect the Human-Technology-Market framework
- Foster professionals with specialized knowledge in Intelligent Systems and a creative and holistic thinking skills
- Foster professionals with leadership, engineering knowledge, and integrity

| Introducing the Program

The Program in Radiation Biomedical Sciences performs a wide range of cutting-edge interdisciplinary academic study encompassing radiology, biophysics, radiopharmacology, radiochemistry, nano-molecular imaging and imaging science and exploit the new biomedical science fields by converging a variety of traditional academic major such as medicine, physics, pharmacy, chemistry, nuclear engineering, electricity and electronic engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering. Recently, part of the program (i.e. interdisciplinary program in Radiation Applied Life Science) became the world’s first accredited medical physics graduate course except in the North America. This program has been developed into the world-class education and research with excellence.

Curriculum of Radiation Biomedical Sciences focuses on the training of creative interdisciplinary specialists based on the expert knowledge of radiation science and biomedical science. We provide the education and practice for these experts to become core human resources who manage medical institutions and national laboratories. We also perform the creative study to make them be the talent pool who nurture the domestic industry of radiation and medical appliances. The Graduate program in Radiation Biomedical Science of Graduate School of Convergence Science, Seoul National University has the educational purpose to foster the world-class high-quality human resources who have the interdisciplinary expertise, capability for combination of those knowledges, and creative research skills. They are expected to lead the future interdisciplinary studies oriented convergence science and technology field of Radiation Biomedical Convergence.

Educational Purpose Fostering of the human resources who have the expert knowledge of convergence field of interdisciplinary of biomedical science and the ability of creative and overall thinking. Training of interdisciplinary field focused experts industrial human resources through industrial research and development and participation of multinational company by the encouragement of industrial-academic-research cooperation. Fostering of specialists of the field of biomedical science who have the capability of national research.

| Goals

- Foster professionals with specialized knowledge in Biomedical Radiation Sciences and creative and holistic thinking skills
- Foster professionals who are oriented in problem-solving in the field
- Foster professionals with skills and experiences in interdisciplinary studies to for creative solving of real world problems