The YU Automobile Lighting Convergence Professional Fostering Project Team fosters key personnel for future automobile technologies
Recruiting master’s and PhD students in the Department of Automobile Lighting Convergence Engineering from October 27
Huge support such as scholarships, overseas projects, and industry-academic projects
[October 25, 2017]
There has recently been an increasing demand for LED-IT convergence technologies for smart lighting for vehicles. It is intended not only for design, but also driver safety. The automobile lighting convergence professional fostering project is being carried out by YU, Korea Polytechnic University, and the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Design Center. It is leading the fostering of professionals in automobile lighting equipped with global capacities through the support of the transportation device specialized lighting key technology development professional fostering project within the industry professional capacity strengthening project supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology, Gyeongsangbuk-do and Gyeongsan-si.
YU is the main institute that fosters key technical professionals for LED-IT convergence for automobile lighting, while the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology and the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Design Center are participating as participating institutes that are in charge of fostering high-power LED light source technology personnel for vehicles, comparing designs, and planning and operation processes.
The YU automobile lighting convergence professional fostering project team founded the Department of Automobile Lighting Convergence Engineering with the support of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and is operating master’s and PhD programs. The Department of Automobile Lighting Convergence Engineering is carrying out joint industry-academic-research projects based on corporate demand to incubate personnel with R&D capacities meeting recent technological trends.
The Department of Automobile Lighting Convergence Engineering is conducting ▶practical education based on professional design and analysis tools used in automobile lighting companies, ▶reflecting opinions of companies when making the curriculum, and ▶carrying out joint industry-academic projects proposed by companies for all participating students under the leadership of professors. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience by working on R&D projects that can be applied immediately to companies and to interact with current corporate professionals.
<Laser fog lamp co-developed by Hyundai IHL and YU through industry-academic cooperation [Source: Jungang Ilbo]>
The automobile lighting convergence professional fostering project team is currently in its third year of the project. A total of six students graduated from the Department of Automobile Lighting Convergence Engineering as of October 2017. There are currently 13 students in major courses (10 master’s, 3 PhDs) and five are enrolled in the master’s degree track course. A total of 10 theses were published in domestic and foreign journals so far. A total of 35 theses were presented in domestic and foreign academic conferences. Ideas deduced through industry-academic projects and the ideas of professors and students were developed to apply for 17 patents, and four patents completed registration. The ‘Single-type optical meter of vehicle lighting devices (patent application number 10-2017-0015763)’ was an achievement made through the joint research with Hyundai IHL. The development of the laser rear fog lamp and improving mass-productivity is assessed to have contributed to improving the durability reliability.
The Department of Automobile Lighting Convergence Engineering is developing various creative and convergence-type educational programs in order to foster personnel with professional knowledge and capacities needed on site, while investigating demand among corporate professionals. Educational courses specialized in automobile lighting are also being operated. Practical education provided by corporate experts and on-site learning where students receive education at corporations are also being carried out.
The design thinking education course developed by the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Design Center is also contributing in the fostering of engineers that integrate engineering and design minds. Among ideas deduced through creative design education, the internal temperature control device for vehicles using solar powered electricity received the grand prize at the 5th Solar Festival’s ‘Solar Life Idea Contest’.
Korea Polytechnic University is supporting overseas education for students as part of its global personnel fostering project in the LED lighting field. Students are continuously participating in international conferences related to automobile lighting to identify technological trends and research directions of the automobile lighting sector, while searching for plans to promote human interchange and research exchange through visits to related universities and research institutes. At the OPIC LEDIA conference, which is an international academic conference held in Yokohama, Japan, seven students made presentations on their research while five students made presentations at Photonics Prague 2017 in the Czech Republic. Up until now a total of 10 students and 16 enrolled students were fostered, while presenting 16 cases of research achievements in their active international academic activities. Recently, Professor Lee Chan-soo and student, Sohn Min-seok, presented their research thesis at the ISAL conference held in Darmstadt, Germany. An MOU was signed with Darmstadt University and they agreed to pursue joint international research.
18 companies such as Hyundai IHL, SL and AMS participated in the joint industry-academic projects related to automobile lamps. A total of 15 projects were carried out and currently nine are being worked on. An automobile lighting industry-academic-research expert forum and expert counsel were established to construct a technical cooperation network among companies, researchers and universities related to automobile lighting. The automobile lighting technical trends and convergence technology workshop was held as a special session of the Korean Society of Automobile Engineers. This year, the launching ceremony and workshop for the automobile lighting and transportation device convergence lighting research association will be held during the lighting electricity equipment society at the Korean Science Technology Association Hall on the next of next month.