In 2014, the Korean Institute of Communications and Information Science (KICS) will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. The history of KICS has truly been in line with the development of the information, communications and technology industries in Korea, ranging from the development of the electronic telephone exchanger in 1974, a wide use of the high-speed networks, the development of the 4th generation mobile networks, to the introduction of smart phone services in 2010.
In the course of the development of the communications industry, which is the integral part of the ICT industries, KICS has served as the platform for exchanging and sharing the research outcomes among the experts from industry, academia and research institutes. For example, KICS has hosted the spring, summer and winter academic meetings where the developers and researchers can present their research outcomes, as well as the seminars and conferences organized by the 22 sister societies and 8 district branches nationwide.
The KICS has also played a leading role in the development of the ICT industries in Korea by producing key academic papers and publications. The first institute paper, “Korean Institute of Communication Science Paper”, published in 1976, the academically significant publications such as the Journal of Korea Information and Communications Society (J-KICS), and Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN), which are registered with the National Research Foundation of Korea for its Korea Citation Index (KCI) where more than 400 journals are newly added annually, the recently introduced Webzine and e-journal ? all of which serve as the medium that helps share knowledge and information. All this was possible thanks to the great leadership of the excellent pool of our Presidents emeritus and executives, and the active participation by our members.
The recent development of the Internet of Things (IOT), which builds on the object based network, the cloud data center, the technology for big data processing, the increased sales of over-the-top (OTT) contents providers, and the use of smart phone and smart TV technologies have fundamentally changed the ecosystems of the contents, platform, network, device (CPND). Such changes have transformed the CPND paradigm from the previous vertical structure into the horizontal and open ecosystem, introduced inter-industry convergence services, and also made the ICT ecosystems more global, shifting from the current environment that is centered around the domestic market.
Members of the KICS!
In a global ICT ecosystem, the contents, platform, network and device evolve towards the horizontal and open ecosystems, and convergence services are created between many different areas. Naturally, the unique characteristics of the global ecosystem requires a second evolution of the information, communications and technology in Korea. At the same time, it also requires the KICS to play a new, leading role.
In order to facilitate the introduction of the new ecosystems, and to promote the development of the ICT, it is critical to adopt necessary technologies to respond the new ecosystems under the new governmental structures, while suggesting and implementing internationally competitive policies based on the opinions from industry, academia and research institutes. In addition, it is necessary to form new research groups at the level of an academic society and support such groups to embrace the new ecosystems. It is also essential to participate in various international activities to share the information on the global ICT ecosystems.
I sincerely hope that various projects of the KICS and your active participation will contribute to the development of the global ICT industrial ecosystems in Korea so that Korea can rise as the global ICT leader once again.
Jai yong Lee