KAIST Institutes (KIs) were established in 2006 with the purpose of improving the state of the world through science, engineering, and technology under the vision of open innovation, interdisciplinary and integrated research, and creation through consilience.
KIs consist of five research institutes: KI for the BioCentury, KI for Information Technology Convergence, KI for the Design of Complex Systems, KI for the NanoCentury, and KI for Optical Science and Technology. Under each KI, there are also five affiliated research centers: the Cancer Metastasis Control Center (CMCC), the Mobile Sensors and IT Convergence Center (MOSAIC), the Center of Field Robotics for Innovation, Exploration, and Defense (C-FRIEND), the Graphene Research Center (GRC), and the Center of Optics for Health.
The Saudi Aramco-KAIST CO2 Research Center was recently established to address climate change issues and to develop technologies for using CO2 as a resource.
Currently, approximately 270 faculty members are actively involved in performing interdisciplinary research based on innovative ideas that will change the world.
KIs will continue to strive to attain the following goals:
- To create new industries and new growth engines for Korea through cutting-edge interdisciplinary research.
- To foster transparent interdisciplinary research groups through open innovation.
To become a leader in all-inclusive research covering science, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.
- To reinforce Korea’s national competitiveness through collaborative research with a variety of enterprises ranging from large- to small- and medium-sized companies.
- To serve as a cradle for technology-based start-up companies.
- To become one of the world’s top research groups through collaboration with leading institutions and laboratories from around the world.
- To educate and produce creative science and technology leaders through interdisciplinary and integrated research.
To achieve these goals, KIs will endeavor to actualize creative technologies for the future through consilience and fusion and will proudly contribute to the development of world-class technologies.