Dr. Kim has held numerous high-profile positions in both the government and academic sectors. Before being elected as the first women president of the 50-year history of KOFST, she led the Korea Federation of Women’s Science and Technology Associations (KOFWST) as the president and also held the Distinguished Visiting Professorship at KAIST, South Korea’s topmost S&T university.
Dr. Kim served as a member of the 17th National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (2004-2008) sitting on the National Defense Committee as vice-chairperson and also chairing the Committee on Ethics of the National Assembly, and the FTA National Assembly Forum.
Prior to her election to the National Assembly, Dr. Kim served as the Minister of Environment (1999-2003) to become the longest serving female minister in Korea, receiving the Presidential Award for the Excellenc.0e in Government Administration Performance for two consecutive years (2001-2002). Previously, she had been in the academia from 1972 as a professor of Chemistry and of History of Science, winning the Presidential Award for the Advancement of Science and Technology (1994), along with proactive participation in more than three hundred governmental and NGO’s committees.
In 2015, Dr. Kim received the Changjo Medal for Science and Technology, the highest honor for S&T field awarded for the first time to a woman scientist. She was also honored by the Japanese Ambassador to the Republic of Korea with a Citation certificate for contributions to bilateral cooperation in science and technology and environment.
Dr. Son is the IEEE Fellow and Department Chair of Information and Communication Engineering at DGIST. He held professorship in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia, and in the World Class University Program at Sogang University. He received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from Seoul National University, M.S. degree from KAIST, and the Ph.D. in computer science from University of Maryland, College Park. He was a Visiting Professor at KAIST, City University of Hong Kong, Ecole Centrale de Lille in France, and Linkoping University and University of Skovde in Sweden.
Dr. Son served as the chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems in 2007-2008. He is serving as an Associate Editor for Real-Time Systems Journal and Journal of Computing Science and Engineering, and has served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Computers and IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He is also serving as a member of the steering committee for RTCSA, Cyber physical Systems Week, and SEUS. He received the Outstanding Contribution Award form ACM/IEEE Cyber Physical Systems Week in 2012. His research interests include cyber physical systems, real-time and embedded systems, database and data services, and wireless sensor networks. He has written or co-authored over 290 papers and authored/edited four books in these areas. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation, DARPA, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, National Security Agency, IBM, and National Research Foundation of Korea.
Dr. Gebhardt has been a Member and Strategic Advisor of the Triple Helix Association since 1992, and the Associated Editor of the Triple Helix which is a Springeropen Journal of University-Industry-Government Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She holds the position of Vice President at the Malik Institute in Switzerland, an international organization renowned for industry, university and government studies as well as projects based on cybernetics and systems thinking. The focus of her research and work is governance, management of systems and the mastering of complexity. She is also an expert in innovation policy. Among her clients are the German Ministry of Research and Education, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres as well as many industries and national champions. She organized the Brainport Smart City quadruple helix driven strategy Syntegration in close collaboration with the Fraunhofer Morgenstadt Smart City Initiative and was a member of the Industry 4.0/ Smart Service World project team, headed by Henning Kagermann, president of the German Academy of Science and Engineering. Dr. Gebhardt earned her degrees at Constance University and Giessen University in Germany. She carried out research at Chicago University and the MIT in the United States of America. Dr. Gebhardt teaches innovation studies in a Master Lab at Heidelberg University.