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Can only students with specific majors apply?

No. Although our students are mostly from Computer Science, Industrial Engineering and Management departments, there are also other students from different disciplines. We believe that students with different disciplines can can conduct disruptive multi-disciplinary research.

How many students do you admit each year?

We usually admit around 5 PhD and 10 MS students each year. In addition, we can support students using research funds (called KAIST scholarship), and thus, we would admit as many qualified students as our research budget permits.

What is the ratio between the numbers of students admitted for Spring and Fall semesters?

There is no strict ratio, but we usually admit more number of students for the Spring semester (e.g., about 7:3 ratio).

Are the interviews in English?

Yes, we have foreign faculty members, and thus, interviews will be conducted in English.

How do you select your thesis advisor?

PhD students should discuss with professors prior to their admission. Master students however will choose their advisors in their second semester depending on their thesis topic. Each master student will have additional two co-advisors.

How do we participate in the research projects?

Currently there are several department-wide projects but there are also quite a few individual research projects. Students can work as an RA (Research Assistance) for a project and will receive baseline RA salary. It is also possible that a student can join a research project that is supervised by other professors than the primary research advisor.

How much programming skill is required?

Some research works in Knowledge Service Engineering sometimes require computer programming (e.g., to integrate the research materials). Even if you are not familiar with programming, you can participate in some projects where (less or no) programming is required. Programming skill should not be a critical factor when you make a decision for applying to our department.