Physical Science and Engineering

Real Solutions to Real Problems Impacting Real People

Chair: Dennis Hong

Professor and the Founding Director of RoMeLa
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, UCLA

Though the rapidly developing robotics and AI technologies are already having a major impact on our everyday lives, often times, we also see many research being conducted without much considerations on how these technologies will impact on our lives and society. AI and robotics can be powerful tools to solve real problems, but also have their own risks and hazards that can bring danger and potentially have a serious negative impact on our society. We would like to see what problems researchers are solving, who is affected by this and how they will impact our society. In this UKC 2023 Keynote Symposium,  U.S. and Korean experts in robotics are invited to discuss how the current state of the art and future robotics and AI technologies may impact our everyday lives.

Achieving Carbon Neutrality: Perspectives and Challenges

Chair: Gyeong S. Hwang

Matthew Van Winkle Regents Professor
McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Texas Austin

Climate change driven by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the defining challenge of our time, encompassing not only rising temperatures but also extreme weather events and a range of other impacts. Its impacts are global in scope and unprecedented in scale, and they will continue to worsen as global temperatures and GHG emissions increase. Carbon neutrality, or net-zero emissions by balancing GHG emissions with its removals from the atmosphere, will slow down climate change and protect the environment. More than a hundred countries have committed or are considering a net-zero target in the next decades. The keynote session will address the role and importance of technology deployment and policy implementation as well as the technical, economic, and public relations challenges faced in achieving carbon neutrality targets on time.