Professor

Professor Yong Man Ro received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering at KAIST. He conducted research at various research institutions, such as Columbia University, the University of California, Irvine, and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He also worked as a visiting professor at The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is currently a full professor of the School of Electrical Engineering at KAIST. He is also directors of Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence, Image Video System Lab., and Integrated Vision and Language Lab. at KAIST.

Prof. Ro received the young investigator finalist award of ISMRM in 1992 during his PhD study and the year scientist award (Korea) for his achievement in 2003. He served as an associate editor for IEEE Signal Processing Letters. He serves as an associate editor in IEEE Transactions on CSVT. He served as a TPC in many international conferences including the organizing chair/program chair of MMM 2020/PCM2015 and IWDW 2004. He organized several prominent special sessions including “Explainable Deep Neural Networks for Image/Video Processing ICIP 2021, 2022, "Digital Photo Album Technology" in AIRS 2005, "Social Media" in DSP 2009 and "Human 3D Perception and 3D Video Assessments" in DSP 2011.

Research Area ㆍMultimodal Deep learning
ㆍIntegrating Vision, Speech, and Language for AI
ㆍMultimodal Object and Motion Detection/recognition
ㆍInclusive Human Multimodal Conversation
ㆍAnalysis for Competency, Interpretability, Memorability, and Robustness of Deep learning Model
ㆍMultimodal Prompt with Large scale model
ㆍComputer Vision and Multimedia

Professional Experience ㆍProfessor (current) in School of Electrical Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
ㆍDirector (current) of Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (CARAI), KAIST
ㆍDirectors (current) of Image Video System Lab (IVY Lab) and Integrated Vision and Language Lab (IVL Lab), KAIST
ㆍChair (fmr) of signals and systems group of the Department of Electrical Engineering in KAIST
ㆍDepartment vice chair (fmr) in the Department of Electrical Engineering in KAIST
ㆍResearchers (fmr) in University of California, Berkeley (research fellow) and Columbia University, New York (Staff Associate)
ㆍTechnical Committee (current) of IVMSP (Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing), IEEE Signal Processing Society
ㆍAssociate editor(current) in IEEE Transitions on CSVT
ㆍAssociate editor (fmr) in IEEE Signal processing letter
ㆍFounder and CEO (fmr) of IVSYSTEM Co. LTd.
ㆍVisiting professor (fmr) at University of Toronto
ㆍAdvisory Committee (fmr) on Academic Policy, Ministry of Education, Korea
ㆍResearch Advisory Committee (fmr) ADD & ETRI
ㆍTechnical Advisory Committee (fmr) (Samsung)
ㆍMPEG delegate (fmr)

Awards ㆍKI Convergence Research Award (KAIST Institute), 2021
ㆍImpact Research Award (College of Engineering, KAIST), 2021
ㆍTechnology Innovation Award (College of Engineering, KAIST), 2019
ㆍAward for Academic Excellence (KAIST), 2015
ㆍKAIST Merits Award, 2013
ㆍThe year’s Scientist Award (Korea), 2003
ㆍExcellence in New Technology Award, Korea ministry of information communication, 2003
ㆍDistinguished Scholar Award in Taejon University, 1995
ㆍYoung Investigator Finalist Award in ISMRM, 1992, U.S.A.
ㆍStudent Stipend in ISMRM, 1991, 1992, U.S.A.
ㆍAcademic Excellence Awards in Yonsei university during 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1984

Awards with Students ㆍ1st Place Winner of Ad-hoc Video Search Competition, Video Browser Showdown (2022)
ㆍKI Outstanding Researcher Award, KAIST (2021)
ㆍHonor Prize in Samsung HumanTech (2021)
ㆍSilver Prize in Samsung Human-Tech (2019)
ㆍBest Paper Finalists IEEE ICIP (2019)
ㆍRobert F. Wagner All Conference Best Student Paper FinalLists Award in SPIE Medical Imaging, 2018
ㆍBest Paper Award in IEEE/IEIE ICCE-Asia, 2018
ㆍBest 10% Paper Award in IEEE ICIP, 2015
ㆍBest Student Paper Award in PCM, 2015
ㆍHonorable Mention Poster Award in SPIE Medical Imaging, 2015
ㆍBest Poster Award in Global 3D Tech. Forum, 2013
ㆍHumanTech Paper Award in Samsung HumanTech., 2017
ㆍBronze Medal in Samsung HumanTech, 2011
ㆍThis Year’s Paper Award in Korea Information Processing Society, 2016
ㆍBest Paper Award in Korea Information Processing Society, 2016
ㆍTop Research Achievement Award in KAIST, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2022
ㆍBest Paper Award in Korea Society of Broadcast Engineers Conference, 2013
ㆍBest Paper Award in KISPS, 2009
ㆍBest Paper Award in KISP, 2006, 2007
ㆍBest Paper Award in Korea Multimedia Society, 2005, 2007, 2009 – 2017
ㆍBest Paper Award in Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies, 2005

Research Project Activities (Recent Years) ㆍResearch on multimodality recognition and generation for human-AI teaming
ㆍResearch on competency-artificial intelligence
ㆍDevelopment of predictive visual intelligence based on visual memory
ㆍResearch on explainable artificial intelligence in plug-and-play manner
ㆍDevelopment of AI-based object automatic recognition/identification
ㆍResearch on robust multimodal recognition model
ㆍResearch on causality-aware multimodal recognition model
ㆍDevelopment of talking face generation
ㆍDevelopment of AI-based object detection in wild environment
ㆍDevelopment of AI-based target identification algorithm
ㆍResearch on human-level learning and reasoning framework for decision making
ㆍResearch on input image abstraction for visual memory