Sang Guun Yoo

The support provided by CEDIA, economic, technological, and human, is of great value, and will surely help improve the results of the research processes.

Sang Guun Yoo

IoT Work Group and Smart Cities.

Sang Guun Yoo, researcher from South Korea who is collaborating as a professor at the Escuela Politécnica Nacional.

Tell us briefly about your research work, in which area you work and what the results of your research have been.

I have had the opportunity to be part of different scientific and technological research processes in different institutions, both from South Korea and Ecuador.

In Korea, I was fortunate to be part of several research projects funded by Samsung Electronics and I also had the opportunity to be Chief Research Engineer at the Research Center (CTO) of LG Electronics. At this stage in my life as a researcher, I had the opportunity to work on the creation of innovative security solutions for mobile devices.

On the other hand, in Ecuador I led different research projects related to the areas of computer security, the internet of things, and smart cities.
Through the different research projects, innovative technological solutions were implemented in real products. In addition, new knowledge was generated, which was shared with the world community through dozens of scientific articles.

And now, I am pleased to be part of the CEDIA Work Group that will work on the Internet of Things and Smart Cities. We hope that, through this initiative, we can generate new knowledge and technological solutions that are beneficial for the development of Ecuador.

As the National Research and Education Network of Ecuador, we are very interested in knowing how your participation in the 2018 Work Groups invite went.

I got to know about the invite through social networks, then, I went to the CEDIA website to get more detailed information. Once I understood the requirements, benefits, and responsibilities of a Work Group, I felt very motivated and took the initiative to generate the first sketches of the proposal, that is, to select the field of action and to outline the project ideas. I shared the initial design with fellow researchers from various universities, and they showed a lot of interest and enthusiasm. We held several work meetings to have a concrete proposal. I believe that the synergy that was created from the different experiences of the researchers allowed us to generate a proposal of national interest. I think that this collaboration allowed our proposal to be selected as one of the CEDIA Work Groups this year.

Tell us about your proposal presented in the 2018 Work Groups invite.

The purpose of the proposed Work Group is to investigate and develop technological solutions in the field of Internet of Things and Smart Cities, in order to minimize the knowledge and technology gap within developing countries. Through this group we hope to generate new knowledge in those fields and generate technological solutions that can be implemented in real applications of benefit to Ecuadorian society. First, we will work on the creation of smart home technologies, then we will expand the field of action to smart buildings, and then we will try to cover the needs of city dwellers through intelligent city technologies.

Tell us about the expectations that you and your team have for being part of the new CEDIA Work Groups.

We think that the country’s development should be based on synergies between the different actors in society. Through the proposed Work Group we hope to generate synergy among participating universities first. Then, we want to expand the collaboration with other sectors. We hope to democratize the knowledge generated in the research processes with other actors in academic and scientific communities, through talks, seminars and scientific-technological events. We also want to share the experiences of creation and implementation of Internet of Things and Smart City solutions with young entrepreneurs and private companies, so that they can generate new products and services, and we can jointly contribute to the economic development of the country.

Being a foreign researcher, how do you see the development of research in Ecuador?

I have noticed that research in Ecuador has advanced enormously in recent years. Both, the State and the academia have realized that the main resources to generate sustainable development and growth in the country are scientific research and technological development. I see that there is already greater support from the State through initiatives such as funds for research projects, funds for undertakings, and scholarships for studies abroad. The academia has realized that scientific research is a fundamental pillar of its raison d'être and has begun to motivate its faculty to participate in the processes of research and technological development.
However, despite the great advances, I think there is still a long way to go. It is clear that, in order to achieve the scientific-technological development in a country, it is necessary to have a dynamic connection between the State, academia, and the private sector. Although, thanks to the latest advances in research issues, there is already a better connection between the State and academia, the private sector has not yet been actively involved. It can be noted that the application of knowledge generated by universities in private companies is minimal and the investment of private companies in research projects is almost nil.
I think it is really important to have the active participation of the private sector for several reasons. First, the companies are those who best know the needs of the market / society (which are very dynamic) and they are the ones who can best deliver new ideas and requirements for research projects (except for the cases of basic research, which will be analyzed on another occasion). Second, the knowledge and technologies generated in the research processes should be applied to real products and services offered by the private sector for the generation of new economic resources. It is really difficult for academia to generate knowledge and to market it at the same time. Finally, if the private sector is economically benefited from the research processes, it will begin to invest in research projects, creating a virtuous circle for the benefit of society. Obviously, for this virtuous circle to take place, the support of the State with incentives, advice, and adequate policies, is essential.
I think that, although we have not yet been able to build a perfect environment for research, we are going in the right direction. I think that, if we all lend a hand, we can make Ecuador the researcher and developer of the new technologies that we all want.

How do you see yourself in the next five years?

We hope to consolidate the proposed Work Group as the pioneering entity in the Internet of Things and Smart Cities in Ecuador. We will work proactively so that the Work Group can generate new knowledge and technological solutions that contribute to the economic and social development of the country. Personally, I hope I can continue contributing to the development of the country, either from teaching or research. I hope to be able to give back, even a little, of how much I have received from Ecuadorians.

Before your participation, had you heard about CEDIA?

The first time I heard about CEDIA was through colleagues from Ecuador, who gave me very good references. Then, thanks to CEDIA’s invitation, I was able to collaborate in some of its activities related to research. These opportunities allowed me to get to know a little more about the different services that the organization offered and the great contribution it made to the academic and scientific community of the country.

What do you think about the organizations that support the development of research and academia in Ecuador?

I am one of the people who firmly believes that the main resources to generate sustainable development and growth in a country are scientific research and technological development. I believe that organizations like CEDIA, which support the development of research and academia, are not only contributing to the mentioned areas, but are contributing to Ecuador's sustainable development in an integral manner. We hope that these organizations continue to give support to the scientific community of the country so that it can generate more and better results in the benefits of Ecuadorian society.

Finally, could you give a message for researchers inviting them to participate in Red CEDIA invites?

First of all, I would like to send a great greeting to the entire academic and research community of Ecuador, and at the same time I would like to indicate that the IoT and Smart Cities Work Group is open to collaborate with any proactive person or organization that wishes to contribute to the development of the country.
Additionally, I would like to invite all the researchers to participate in the different invites of Red CEDIA. The support provided by CEDIA, economic, technological, and human, is of great value, and will surely help improve the results of the research processes.