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  • Computing, Communication, and the Information Age, by John E. Hopcroft, Joseph C. Ford Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University;

  • Traffic Management for High-Speed Networks, by H.T. Kung, Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Harvard University;

  • Implementation Challenges for High-Temperature Composites, by Anthony G. Evans, Gordon McKay Professor of Materials Engineering at Harvard University; and

  • Aspects of Weather and Space Weather in the Earth's Upper Atmosphere: The Role of Internal Atmospheric Waves, by Michael C. Kelley, professor of electrical engineering at Cornell University.

Dr. Gossard and the accompanying delegation from the United States visited the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, the Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology, and Seoul National University during late September and early October 1999. The lecture tour consisted of the lectures, roundtable discussions, and tours at each institution. Roundtable discussions focused on current research programs and potential areas for collaboration. The U.S. delegation included Professor Gossard; Dr. Ronald Taylor, Naval Studies Board, and Mr. Thomas Munns, National Materials Advisory Board, both from the National Academies; and Dr. Yoon-Soo Park, Office of Naval Research. The lecture was first presented on September 30 to the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) at Taejon. The Optoelectronics Research Center (OERC) hosted the visit to KAIST. OERC is a Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF)-sponsored center where the staff performs multidisciplinary research on optical information processing and optical communications. Prior to Dr. Gossard's lecture, there was a roundtable discussion on September 29 that included representatives from OERC, the Korean Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI). Also, the KAIST staff provided a tour of the OERC laboratory facilities for the visiting delegation.

Dr. Gossard presented his lecture next at the Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology (K-JIST) on October 1. The lecture was hosted by the Research Center for Ultrafast Fiber-Optic Networks (UFON), another KOSEF-sponsored facility for developing fundamental and core optoelectronic technologies required for an ultrafast optical network. Discussions centered on the potential for developing quantum dot structures with the uniformity required for laser applications. The subsequent roundtable discussion included representatives from the department of information and communications at K-JIST, the department of materials science and engineering at K-JIST, Honam University, and Mokpo National University. The visiting delegation also toured the laboratory facilities in the information and communications and materials science and engineering departments of K-JIST. After its session at K-JIST, the group met with the mayor of Kwangju, who described the city's efforts, under a plan entitled “Photonics 2010: Kwangju Creating Light,” to become the center of the Korean photonics industry.

On October 4, Dr. Gossard made the third and final presentation of his lecture at Seoul National University (SNU) as part of the visit to the main Kwanak campus in Seoul. This part of the lecture tour was hosted by the Inter-University Semiconductor Research Center (ISRC). ISRC's purpose is to foster collaboration between universities and industries that are affiliated with the center, placing emphasis on fabrication (making and testing materials and devices rather than relying on modeling). At Seoul the roundtable discussion included representatives from the departments of physics, materials science and engineering, and electronics engineering at SNU, the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, and Sogang University.

The Naval Studies Board and the Office of Naval Research would like to thank their gracious hosts in Korea: Young-Se Kwon, director of OERC; Hyo-Gun Kim, president of K-JIST; Un-Chul Paek, chairman of the department of information communications, K-JIST; and Jong-Chun Woo, professor of physics and dean of the graduate school, SNU.

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