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Dear UKC 2020 participants,

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the US-Korea Conference (UKC) on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship that is virtually held on December 14-17, 2020 (US Eastern time). The UKC 2020 is co-hosted by three prestigious organizations: Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA), Korean Federation of Science & Technology Societies (KOFST), and Korea-US Science Cooperation Center (KUSCO). Building upon the strength of having many prestigious universities, national laboratories, and businesses, UKC 2020 provides valuable opportunities for cooperation between the US and Korea.

The theme of UKC 2020 is “Applied Science and Engineering with Social and Cultural Disciplines for a Sustainable Future.” We would like to address the importance of ‘humanity’ in the era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Social scientists are invited to discuss how to better apply technologies in the process of creating a sustainable future through collaboration with scientists and engineers.

With a rich history spanning over thirty years, the UKC program includes plenary sessions, symposiums, forums, and workshops that cover broad areas of science and technology. In UKC 2020, we invite more young members by expanding the Young Generation and Professional Forum (YG/PF) program. We continue the University Leadership Forum to assist in the globalization of higher education and Science and Technology Diplomacy Forum as well.

We also provide a meeting space for young entrepreneurs to share their ideas and build international networks. Specifically, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Symposium (IES) provides a cooperative environment for current and future aspiring entrepreneurs in the US and Korea to network with high-profile entrepreneurs and investors and explores growing cross-border business opportunities in the US and Korea.

We would like to express our gratitude for all sponsors, committee members, and volunteers who make this conference possible. We are confident that UKC 2020 is a productive and memorable experience for all.

Conference Co-Chair
Dr. Soolyeon Cho
President of KSEA

Conference Co-Chair
Dr. Woo Il Lee
President of KOFST