The SMART Engineering Track sessions are organized into two sessions to brought forth the promises and challenges of developing and sustaining a technological enhanced smart living: smart cities and smart systems. For the development of smart city living environment, UKC 2019 SMART Engineering Track will address vision and definition of smart cities through an example of Sejong’s Life Zone, technological and policy innovations through an example of Chicago, and environmental challenges associated, such as air quality. To address the technological needs of smart living, UKC 2019 SMART Engineering Track will present selected smart systems such as development of flexible endoscopic surgery robots, vision for smart sensors and systems, and required education and training of the engineers for the future work. The UKC 2019 SMART Engineering Track sessions aims to provide a glimpse into the future of technological enhanced, smart living, and highlight opportunities and challenges for, among many, selected research, development and education efforts.


August 15 Thursday, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Grand Ballroom B
Session:  Smart City
Chair: Dong-Soo Kwon (Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology)
11:00 AM [Engineering Track Keynote] Sejong Smart city experiments the city of future
Jaeseung Jeong (Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology)
11:30 AM [Engineering Track Keynote] Leveraging Collaborative Innovation to Realize Smart Cities
Brenna M. Berman (City Tech Collaborative)
12:00 PM [Engineering Track Keynote] Improving Air Quality in Smart Cities
Gregory Carmichael (University of Iowa)


August 16 Friday, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Grand Ballroom B
Session:  Smart Systems
Chair: Mun Y. Choi (University of Missouri)
11:00 AM [Engineering Track Keynote] Flexible Endoscopic Surgery Robots
Dong-Soo Kwon (Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology)
11:30 AM [Engineering Track Keynote] Future of Work and the Worker: Opportunities and Challenges for Engineering Education
Diran Apelian (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
12:00 PM [Engineering Track Keynote] With the Sense of Smell, the World can be Colorful
Nosang V. Myung (University of California Riverside)


Chair and Co-Chair
Engineering Track Chair
Mun Y. Choi
University of Missouri
Engineering Track Co-Chair
Dong-Soo Kwon
Smart Engineering Keynote Speakers


Dr. Jaeseung Jeong
Department of Bio and Brain Engineering,
Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology
Director, Sejong 5-1 Life Zone, Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution 

Sejong Smart city experiments the city of future

A city is a vessel of civilization. Smart City is a city that provides sustainable happiness for citizens by digitizing all phenomena that take place in cities and analyzing them using artificial intelligence. To achieve this goal, it is quite important to obtain important data in various areas such as mobility, energy, security and safety, education, healthcare, culture and shopping. In addition, it is more important than anything to provide urban services to create synergetic effects by combining them, so called horizonal integration of the data and services across areas. To realize this, we must answer the questions including how to use the digital twin, how to design the data platform for urban services, and how to use blockchain and artificial intelligence for data management and analysis. In addressing those issues, this talk introduces the current status of Sejong Smart City as an example.

Professor Jaeseung Jeong is currently a professor at the Department of Bio and Brain Engineering, the chief professor at the Program of Brain and Cognitive Engineering, and the Head of Graduate School of Future Strategy in KAIST (Daejeon, South Korea). He received Ph.D. from Department of Physics in KAIST. He has been working as a postdoc associate at the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine in Yale University (New Haven, USA) and as an assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons in Columbia University (New York, USA). His research topics include brain dynamics of decision-making, computational modeling of neuropsychiatric disorders including depression, addiction, and dementia, Brain-Robot Interface (BRI), and Brain-inspired Artificial Intelligence. He was selected as one of ‘Young Global Leaders’ from World Economic Forum (WEF a.k.a. Davos Forum) in 2009 and received several awards from scientific communities. Recently, he has been selected and working as the master planner of Sejong Smart city national pilot project.


Brenna M. Berman
Executive Director, City Tech Collaborative

Leveraging Collaborative Innovation to Realize Smart Cities

Brenna Berman is Executive Director of City Tech, an IoT urban infrastructure lab that transforms cities into testbeds for new ideas. City Tech remakes essential services and infrastructure, from skills to skyscrapers and expands those solutions to other cities, thus increasing the world’s odds of solving big, urban problems. City Tech is currently easing subway congestion during large events; creating a digital map of Chicago’s underground; and launching a digital directory of public health services in Chicago. Prior to joining City Tech, Brenna served in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, which she joined in 2011. She served as the Chief Information Officer for the City and Commissioner for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) from 2012 to spring of 2017. In that time, she focused on transforming the team at DoIT to provide the skills and expertise to implement the Mayor’s vision of data-driven resident services and of a more efficient, effective, and innovative City government. This meant adding new skills to the team to increase the focus on software engineering and analytics, improving the department’s commercial partnerships to drive savings for the City, and identifying ground-breaking civic partnerships.

During her tenure as CIO, Brenna delivered on the Mayor’s commitment to a robust open data program, integrated advanced analytics into many city departments, drove IoT innovation for the City through unique partnerships by co-founding City Tech and the Midwest IoT Council, and, in partnership with the University of Chicago, realized the vision of urban-scale sensing with the Array of Things. Prior to joining the Emanuel Administration, Brenna built a career promoting government innovation over 10 years at IBM, where she worked closely with government agencies in cities and countries across the world to leverage technology and analytics to improve the services they provide to their residents. She advised governments on a variety of issues, from targeting personalized services through analytics to normalizing program offerings to simplify the delivery process and make them understandable to residents. Throughout her time at IBM, Brenna tailored cutting-edge business and data models, from processes to analytic algorithms for large government organizations in order to accelerate their own modernization efforts, providing an incredibly valuable skill set for the work she continues at City Tech. Brenna earned her bachelor’s degree and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Gregory Carmichael (University of Iowa)
Karl Kammermeyer Professor
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Co-director, Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research
University of Iowa

Improving Air Quality in Smart Cities

Gregory R. Carmichael has done extensive research related to air quality and its environmental impacts. He is currently the Karl Kammermeyer professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa. He also serves as the co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. His research activities include the development of comprehensive air quality models and their application to regional and international air pollution problems. His studies have led to a greater appreciation and understanding of the importance of long-range transport of pollutants within Asia and across the Pacific. His work has also explored the importance of dust on atmospheric chemistry. His work has focused on the role of black carbon (BC) in the atmosphere and its dual role as an air pollutant and climate warming agent. He is a member of the scientific steering committee for the UNEP ABC Asia project and was a co-lead author on a UNEP study aimed at providing a critical assessment of the role of BC as a short-lived radiative forcing agent. He also serves as chair of the Scientific Advisory Group for the World Meteorological Organization Global Atmospheric Watch Urban Meteorology and Environment project, which is focused on building capacity worldwide to improve air quality forecasts and related services.



Dong-Soo Kwon
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Center for Future Medial Robotics
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea
Founder CEO, EasyEndo Surgical Inc.

Flexible Endoscopic Surgery Robots

Dong-Soo Kwon is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Director of the Human-Robot Interaction Research Center, Director of the Center for Future Medical Robotics.  He is serving the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) as a member of the Administrative Committee (AdCom). In addition, He is the founder CEO of EasyEndo Surgical Inc., Chairman of the board of directors of Korea Institute of Robot and convergence (KIRO), and a member of National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK).

His research deals with Medical Robotics, Haptics, and Human-Robot Interaction. He has contributed to the advancement of several robot venture companies by technology transfer. Recently, he has established a start-up company based on his medical robot research results.

He had worked as the Research Staff in the Telerobotics section at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1991 to 1995. He was a Graduate Research Assistant in Flexible Automation Lab. at Georgia Institute of Technology from 1985 to 1991, and the Section Chief, Manager at R&D Group of Kanglim Co., Ltd from 1982 to 1985. He received the Ph.D. in the Department of M.E. at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991, M.S. in the M.E. at KAIST in 1982, and B.S. in the M.E. at Seoul National University in Korea in 1980.

Dr. Diran Apelian
Member of National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Director, Advanced Casting Research Center

Future of Work and the Worker: Opportunities and Challenges for Engineering Education

Dr. Apelian received his BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Drexel University (1968) and his Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT (1972). After graduating from MIT, he joined Bethlehem Steel’s Homer Research Laboratories where he co-developed the Ultra-Form series of high strength low alloy steels. He joined Drexel University in 1976 and held various positions at Drexel, including professor, Head of the Department of Materials Engineering, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, and subsequently Vice-Provost of the University.

He joined WPI in July 1990 as the Institute’s Provost and led the mission of broadening WPI’s academic programs and research agenda. After a six-year tenure as Provost, he headed the Metal Processing Institute (MPI) at WPI, which is an industry-university alliance with Centers in Metal Casting, Heat Treating, and Resource Recovery and Recycling. MPI is supported by over 80 corporate partners, as well as funding from private foundations and the federal government. During the last decade, MPI has developed into one of the nation’s premiere research centers dedicated to metal processing. The Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling is the Nation’s first center dedicated to recycling of materials; it is an NSF sponsored I/UCRC Center.

Apelian is the recipient of many distinguished honors and awards – national and international: Acta Materialia Holloman Award; Brimacombe Prize; ASM Gold Medal; The National Materials Advancement Award, etc.. Apelian is a Fellow of TMS, ASM, APMI. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), European Academy of Sciences, and the Armenian Academy of Sciences. he has ~ 700 publications to his credit; 15 books and 21 patents. He serves on several technical, corporate and editorial boards. During 2008/2009, he served as President of TMS. Apelian is Founding Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy. He is serving Chair of the ASM Educational Foundation (2016-2018). The 2016 Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering Education was awarded to WPI – and the four recipients are: Diran Apelian, Kris Wobbe, Art Heinricher and Rick Vaz. He received the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award in 2017 and became a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and the WPI Innovator of the Year in 2018.


Nosang V. Myung
Chemical and Environmental Engineering
UC Riverside

With the Sense of Smell, the World can be Colorful

Professor Nosang Vincent Myung received his B.S. M.S. and Ph. D. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994, 1997, and 1998, respectively. He spent three years as a research engineer at the same institution. In 2001-2003, he joined micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) which is one of NASA center as a member of engineering staff.  In 2003, he joined Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at University of California-Riverside and served as the Department Chair from 2011-2017. Currently, he is the founding director for UC-KIMS Center for Innovative Materials for Energy and Environment and co-director for Winston Chung Global Energy Center.   During his career, he received coveted awards including 올해의 해외과학기술인상(장관상/과총 회장상), ECS Electrodeposition Division Research Award, KIChE President Award, Brainpool Fellow from Korean Government, University of California Regent Fellowship, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Spot Award, Abner Brenner gold medal award from American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Society (AESF), First time author’s award from Plating and Surface Finishing, National Science Foundation graduate fellowship, Department of Education fellowship, American Electroplating and Surface Finishing summer scholarship, Hughes aircraft company scholarship.  Dr. Myung’s research interests are focused on the synthesis of nanoengineered materials and apply these materials in various advanced applications including spintronics, sensors, electronics, optoelectronics, energy harvesting, and environmental remediation. Dr. Myung’s group objective is to control nanoscale sized features to enhance material properties and device functions beyond those that we currently know.  Currently, he published over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers and his h-index is 57 with the total citation of over 11,000.