Donation to “청포도” 보호종료아동을 위한 커뮤니티 케어 센터

Prof. Sukyoung Ryu, who’s the Dean of School of Computing at KAIST (my alma mater) and a professor of computer science, posted on her facebook wall about a donation campaign by the “Green Grapes” Community Care Center for Children Graduating from Social Protection Program (“청포도” 보호종료아동을 위한 커뮤니티 케어 센터; i just made up this translation and am sure it doesn’t do the justice to the original Korean name.) this center’s main mission is to provide various educational programs as well as run support programs for those who are exiting social support systems for minors, such as foster homes, group

My opening statement at the ICML 2022 Debate

i was honoured to participate in the ICML Debate 2022 on the topic of <Progress towards achieving AI will be mostly driven by engineering not science>. the debate was in the British Parliamentary Style which i was not familiar with at all but found interesting. i was assigned to the opposition party and was designated as the “leader”, which meant i had to open the debate from the opposition side following the opening from the proposition. the proposition party consisted of Sella Nevo, Maya R. Gupta and François Charton. Been Kim was unfortunately unable to participate, although she would’ve been

외할머니

이제서야 (외)할머니 산소에 들렀습니다. 작년 (2021) 어느날 그냥 문득 어머니께 전화을 드리고 싶어서 영상전화를 드렸는데 황급히 걸어가시면서 조금 있다가 전화하겠다며 끊으셨습니다. 글쎄요. 조금 싸한 느낌이 들었는데 곧 어머니께서 다시 전화를 걸으셨고 병원 1층에서 휠체어를 타고 입원하시는 할머니와 아주 짧은 통화를 했습니다. 어째 마음이 무거워서 오히려 통화를 제대로 못 했는데, 그 통화가 할머니와의 마지막 통화였네요. 언제나 호탕하시고 유쾌하셨던 할머니께서는 한결 같이 저와 통화를 하시면 꼭 두 가지 얘기를 하셨습니다. 하나는 제가 어릴 때 어찌나 서럽게 쉬지 않고 밤낮으로 울었다는 것이었습니다. 저야 애기 때니 기억은 안 나지만 얼마나 울어댔길래 다른 최근 기억은 세월에 잊혀지면서도 이 이야기는 안 잊혀졌던 것 일까요. 이제 할아버지

The 8-th SW Welcomes Girls

I was invited to give a short talk at the 8-th SW Welcomes Girls event recently. it’s not often (in fact it’s almost never) that i’m invited to (and have accepted to) give a talk on a non-scientific topic. this event, however, i couldn’t say no to.. you can watch the whole event (1.5hr long) at SW WELCOMES GIRLS 8TH – YouTube, and i’m sharing the script i used to record my talk below. sorry it’s in Korean, and it’s way too long for me to translate it myself: 안녕하세요? 이런 좋은 행사에 초대해주셔서 감사합니다. 일단 간단히 제 소개부터 하겠습니다.

Supporting female researchers and researchers from under-represented groups, together with CIFAR

if i had to pick organizations that have impacted my current career path most, CIFAR would be very near (if not at) the top of this list. there are a few reasons behind this. first, CIFAR started a program named “Neural Computation & Adaptive Perception” (NCAP) in 2004, supporting research in artificial neural networks, which has become a dominant paradigm in machine learning as well as more broadly artificial intelligence and all adjacent areas, including natural language processing and computer vision. i started my graduate study in 2009 with focus on restricted Boltzmann machines and graduated in 2014 with a