KAIST Institute for Disaster Studies (KIDS) Opens
About 60 professors from across different departments at KAIST teamed up to make Korean society safer and more secure.
The professors voluntarily created the KAIST Institute for Disaster Studies (KIDS) that will implement the following responsibilities:
- Conduct research on disaster prevention and reduction
- Develop policy on safety and preventive measures for the public
- Establish resilience engineering programs at the university
- Create a platform for social media and machine-based information management
- Develop robot-based search and rescue mission programs
- Conduct disaster risk assessments and develop disaster-recovery plans
- Establish virtual reality programs for training and education
An opening ceremony for the institute took place on campus on October 22, 2014. President Steve Kang of KAIST, Young Jin, a National Assemblyman of the Republic of Korea, Myung-Ja Kim, a former Minister of the Environment of the Republic of Korea, Professor Hee-Kyung Park of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at KAIST, and other dignitaries attended the ceremony.
Professor Park, the Director of KIDS, said, “In recent years, our society has seen many tragic accidents that claimed hundreds of lives. This prompted us to examine the fundamental cause of accidents and forced us to review our current public safety policies and measures. As a result, we were able to identify many reasons, among others, technological problems in public facilities and structures, lack of social policies and systems to protect public safety, and human error.”
He further explained the need for KIDS as follows:
“In order to understand the cause of disasters and prepare remedies, such as how disasters happen, how to respond to them, and what to do for recovery, we need to have a comprehensive approach to the issues from the various perspective of social policy, science, and engineering. KIDS has been created to meet these needs.”
Following the opening ceremony, a seminar was held on the topic of “KIDS’s Mission and Its Role.”
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