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SubjectDoyoung Eom and Prof. Heejin Lee awarded first place prize of the IEC-IEEE-KATS Academic Challenge

Doyoung Eom, Heejin Lee, and Donghyu-Kim awarded first place prize of the IEC-IEEE-KATS Academic Challenge addressing standardization in a smart era

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. IEC together with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), announced a global competition last year for academic papers centered on the theme ‘Future Challenges in Standardization’. Jury of IEC, IEEE and KATS experts decided on the winning papers by consensus based on the quality of the analysis and originality of the research.

The first place prize has been awarded to Doyoung Eom together with Heejin Lee and Dong-hyu Kim. Doyoung Eom is a Ph.D. Candidate at GSIS. She is a recipient of the Global Ph.D. Fellowship awarded by the National Research Foundation and the Ministry of Education of Korea. Doyoung and Heejin also received the 1st prize Best Paper Award at the 2017 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Kaleidoscope Academic Conference. Heejin Lee is her supervisor and Dong-hyu Kim obtained his Ph.D. at Yonsei GSIS and is currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Glasgow.

Their winning paper is titled New Rules for Standards-Setting and New Roles of Standardization Bodies in the era of IoT. In this paper, the authors outline how the so-called ‘standards clashes’ are no longer between standards in the same industry but instead between those in different industry sectors. They provide case studies in the areas of electrical vehicle charging and connected car communication systems.

The winners presented their papers during the Standards Education Convention on 22-23 October that took place alongside the 82nd IEC General Meeting in Busan, Korea. An official award ceremony was held on 26 October during the IEC Council Open Session. The certificate was given by IEC President, James M. Shannon. The second place prize has been awarded to Kai Jakobs from RWTH Aachen University in Germany for his paper on smart standardization. Three prizes have been awarded for the third place. Winners will receive a monetary prize (USD 20,000 for first place, USD 15,000 the second place and USD 6,000 each for third place).

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