KAIST Fall 2018

CS492C: Introduction to Research

Many (undergraduate) students at KAIST consider having a research career. Although there are research opportunities such as URP or lab internships, it is still difficult to assess whether research is right for oneself with such short research experience. Moreover, mentoring and guidelines for research beginners are not always available. This course is designed for students who want to understand which activities and tasks are involved in research and what characteristics and attitude are required to be great researchers. This course will provide students with a taste of various aspects of research, including how to find the right research area, how to approach your potential research advisor, how to identify papers to read, how to create good research ideas, how to write and present papers, how to interact with peers, and how to write a good CV. Through a series of lectures, projects, assignments and student panels, we will cover the following:

  • Why do research?
  • How to select a research area and an advisor
  • How to generate (great) ideas
  • How to read papers
  • How to write papers
  • How to present your research
  • How to review papers
  • How to write research proposals
  • How to promote yourself and your research
  • Research ethics (human subjects, institutional review board, data management, conflicts of interests, etc.)
  • Mock Technical Program Committee meeting

This course is open to highly motivated undergraduate students and also graduate students who are in very early stage of their research career.

Grading: There will be no midterm or final exams. Your grade will be based on how you excel at a series of assignments and projects, in addition to your class participation.

Course Staff

Prof. Juho Kim (juhokim@kaist.ac.kr), N1 #605
Prof. Sung-Ju Lee (profsj@kaist.ac.kr), N1 #706
Prof. Shin Yoo (shin.yoo@kaist.ac.kr), E3-1, #2405
Office Hours: TBD or by appointment

Staff Mailing List: cs492c@nmsl.kaist.ac.kr

Time & Location

When: 10:30-11:45am Tue/Thu
Where: N1-113



  • 7/6: Welcome to the intro to research class!


Week Date Led by Topic Activity Due
1 8/28 Introduction & Course Overview
1 8/30
2 9/4
2 9/6
3 9/11
3 9/13
4 9/18
4 9/20
5 9/25 No class (Chuseok)
5 9/27
6 10/2
6 10/4
7 10/9 No class (Hangul Proclamation Day)
7 10/11
8 10/16 No class (Midterms week)
8 10/18 No class (Midterms week)
9 10/23
9 10/25
10 10/30
10 11/1
11 11/6
11 11/8
12 11/13
12 11/15
13 11/20
13 11/22
14 11/27
14 11/29 No class (Undergrad admission interview day)
15 12/4
15 12/6
16 12/11 No class (Finals week)
16 12/13 No class (Finals week)