The SMART Science Track sessions are organized to highlight some of the greatest scientific challenges of the 21st century: developing quantum technologies toward the second quantum revolution and understanding the principles of soft and living matter. These emerging fields of Quantum Science and Soft and Living Matter take highly interdisciplinary approaches that combine physics, chemistry, computation, materials science, biology, and engineering. The Science Track sessions will provide an opportunity for a glimpse of cutting-edge research efforts in these fields.


Thursday, August 15: Quantum Science

August 15 Thursday, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Grand Ballroom F
Session:  Quantum Science
Chair: Young-Kee Kim (University of Chicago)
11:00 AM [Science Track Keynote] Driving quantum science and technology with semiconductors
David Awschalom (University of Chicago)
11:30 AM [Science Track Keynote] Macroscopic quantum superpositions: characterization and usefulness
Hyunseok Jeong (Seoul National University)
12:00 PM [Science Track Keynote] Practical Quantum Computing with Trapped Ion
Jungsang Kim (Duke University)


August 16 Friday, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Grand Ballroom F
Session:  Soft and Living Matter
Chair: Doochul Kim (Institute for Basic Science)
11:00 AM [Science Track Keynote] Some surprises and research opportunities in soft and living matter
Steve Granick (Institute for Basic Science)
11:30 AM [Science Track Keynote]  CRISPR and DNA repair
Taekjip Ha (Johns Hopkins University)
12:00 PM [Science Track Keynote] Energetic costs, speed, fluctuations, and transport efficiency of molecular motors
Changbong Hyeon (Korea Institute for Advanced Study)
Chair and Co-Chair
Science Track Chair
Young-Kee Kim
University of Chicago
Science Track Co-Chair
Doochul Kim
Institute for Basic Science
Smart Science Keynote Speakers

David D. Awschalom
Professor, Deputy Director, Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago, and Senior Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory, U.S.

     David Awschalom is the Liew Family Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, and a Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. He works in the emerging fields of spintronics and quantum information engineering, developing new methods to control the quantum states of individual electrons, nuclei, and photons in semiconductors with potential applications in computing, communication and encryption. Professor Awschalom received the American Physical Society Oliver E. Buckley Prize and Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize, the European Physical Society Europhysics Prize, the Materials Research Society David Turnbull Award and Outstanding Investigator Prize, the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the International Magnetism Prize and the Néel Medal from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the European Academy of Sciences.

Hyunseok Jeong
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University, South Korea

Hyunseok Jeong obtained his Ph.D. at Queen’s University Belfast in 2003 with an Institute of Physics (IoP) PhD thesis prize, and then worked as a research fellow at the University Queensland in Brisbane. In 2008, he joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Seoul National University as an assistant professor, and is now working as a professor in physics. His research interests include foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum optics and quantum information. His major contributions encompass the generalized quantification of macroscopic superpositions and coherence, theories of the quantum-to-classical transition, generation of new types of non-classical light, and schemes for all-optical quantum computation and communication.

Jungsang Kim
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University, U.S.

Prof. Jungsang Kim’s current research focus is practical realization of quantum computers. He received his B.S. degree from Seoul National University (1992) and his Ph.D. from Stanford University (1999), both in Physics. He worked at Bell Laboratories for five years, working on developing cutting-edge optical and wireless communication systems. He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Duke University in 2004, where he has worked on trapped ion quantum computing, high pixel-count imaging systems, and novel quantum device research. He has been serving as a principal investigator for many collaborative research projects on quantum computing and communications. In 2015, he co-founded IonQ, focusing on commercial development of ion trap based quantum computer.

Steve Granick
Director, Center for Soft and Living Matter, Institute for Basic Science, South Korea

Steve Granick is Director, Institute for Basic Science (South Korea), Center for Soft and Living Matter. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his other major awards are the Paris-Sciences Medal, APS national Polymer Physics Prize, and ACS national Colloid and Surface Chemistry Prize. He served as Chair of the DOE Council on Materials Panel on Polymers at Interfaces and Chair of the APS Division of Polymer Physics. Holding and having held Honorary and Visiting Positions at multiple universities in Europe and Asia, he has core experience in science globalization. Before joining the Institute for Basic Science in Korea, Granick spent 30 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA).

Taekjip Ha
Professor, Department of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering,
Johns Hopkins University, U.S.

Dr. Taekjip Ha is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He develops and uses single molecule and single cell measurement tools to study life at high resolution. Dr. Ha received a bachelor in Physics from Seoul National University in 1990 and Physics Ph.D from University of California at Berkeley in 1996. After postdoctoral training at Stanford, he was a Physics professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until 2015. Dr. Ha serves on Editorial Boards for Science, Cell and eLife. He is a member of the National Academy of Science and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the 2011 HoAm Prize in Science.

Changbong Hyeon
Professor, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, South Korea

Changbong Hyeon received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Seoul National University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Maryland at College Park. Following post-doctoral work at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics in the University of California at San Diego, he joined the Chemistry department at Chung-Ang University in 2008 as an assistant professor and has been a professor at the Korea Institute for Advanced Study since 2010. His current research interests are in molecular motors, genome dynamics, and many other molecular/subcellular processes.