South Korean computer scientist wins ‘influential paper’ award

Computer science expert Kim Nam-sung was named this year’s winner of the most influential papers award by the International Conference of Software Engineering (ICSE). Kim became the first Korean to win the award.

According to the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Kim’s alma mater, he will receive the prize at an ICSE award presentation session in Toronto, Canada, Tuesday (local time). He will also deliver a presentation at the conference on his views on software engineering.

Kim is currently an associate professor of computer science and engineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The UIUC came in second alongside Carnegie Mellon University and University of California-Berkeley in a ranking of computer science and engineering, following MIT.

KAIST said the 42-year-old professor’s paper on new computer structures and circuits, which can reduce leakage current of computer microprocessors, has been recognized by the ICSE. Kim released the paper in 2002 when he was studying for his doctoral degree at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Upon the completion of his doctoral course, Kim worked as a researcher at Intel to commercially introduce the computer structure technology he proposed in his paper. KAIST noted most microprocessors that have been released are based on technologies derived from Kim’s idea.

At age 39, Kim got tenure as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also became the first Korean researcher in the computer architecture sector to be named a fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) last year, as his efforts to improve energy efficiency of microprocessors through interdisciplinary approaches spanning across innovative devices, circuits and architecture have been acknowledged.

Before his doctoral degree, Kim acquired his master’s and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from KAIST.

The ICSE’s most influential papers awards is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Associate for Computing Machinery and the IEEE. According to the ICSE, recipients are chosen by the ICSE committee for review once the paper is considered to have been the most influential paper of the past 10 years.

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