5th ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Academy

The 5th ASPIRE UGRA Program Report


 1. Summary:


1) Name:        The 5th ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Academy (UGRA)

2) Hosted by:  Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) International Relations Team (IRT)

3) Theme:      “Smart Cities

4) Date:          July 1st (Sun.) – 6th (Fri.), 2018

5) Venue:      KAIST Main Campus in Daejeon, South Korea


6) Overview:

KAIST conducted the 5th ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Academy (UGRA) on its main campus in Daejeon, South Korea on the theme “Smart Cities” from July 1st (Sun.) to 6th (Fri.) 2018. This was the second consecutive ASPIRE UGRA conducted by KAIST. The program was first launched in 2014 by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

A total of 11 students from three ASPIRE League member universities participated in the 2018 ASPIRE UGRA. The program was designed for undergraduate students currently working on research projects related to the program theme. During the course of the program, participating students took turns presenting their research, receiving feedback from KAIST lecturers and fellow UGRA participants.  KAIST faculty member Professor KIM Young Chul, an expert on Urban Design and Planning, provided two special lectures. An excursion day was held in the middle of the program, and participants visited major research laboratories doing work related to Smart Cities and gained exposure to case studies. The program enabled participants to learn about the latest developments in smart cities research and to improve their communication, presentation, creative-thinking and problem-solving skills.

2. Schedule:


3. Participants:

3-1. Special Lecturer


Affiliation Name Lecture Title
KAIST Professor KIM Young Chul ・How can we see unseen aspect in a city?
・Smart village design for zero energy


3-2. Students

Name of Affiliated University Number of Participated Students
Tokyo Tech 4
Tsinghua 5
Total 11

List of Students


4. Award Recipient:

Name of the Award (Affiliated University) Name of the Recipient
“Presentation Title”
Excellent Presentation Award (HKUST)  Ms. TAI Yee Man (Eman)
“Dynamics of traffic congestions”


5. Pictures:

▲ Group Photo

▲  Special Lectures by Professor KIM Young Chul

▲  Students’ Research Presentations and Discussions

▲ Certificates and Award Presentation

▲ Visit to Professor KIM Young Chul’s Laboratory

▲ Visit to Research Facilities at KAIST

▲ Culture Trip to Jeonju (Cooking Korean Traditional Food)

▲ Korean Culture Trip to Jeonju (Making Korean Traditional Pottery)

▲ Korean Culture Trip to Jeonju (Trying Korean Traditional Costume)

This report was provided by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.