Professor Chun Taek Rim from KAIST’s Nuclear and Quantum Engineering Department has been presented with the First Prize Papers Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(IEEE) Transaction on Power Electronics(TPEL). He is the first Korean to receive this honor.
The IEEE TPEL is a monthly publication that covers new results in the field of power electronics. Each year, TPEL’s editors choose three papers among those that were published in the journal during the preceding year for the First Prize Papers Award. This year, Professor Rim’s paper was one of the three papers chosen to be awarded out of the 579 papers published in 2014. The award ceremony will take place this coming September at the regular IEEE conference at Montreal, Canada.
Professor Rim was recognized for his paper titled ‘Generalized Active EMF Cancel Methods for Wireless Electric Vehicles,’ in which he proposed three new design methods that offset the electromagnetic field (EMF) generated in wireless electric vehicles. EMF has long been an obstacle for the commercialization of wireless electric vehicles; for the safety of pedestrians, EMF should be negated in all conditions. Professor Rim’s research team was able to effectively solve this problem by adding active EMF cancel coils to the primary and secondary main coils. The team confirmed that the EMF in each main coil was independently cancelled out. Researchers say this technology is applicable to any wireless power transfer system.
Professor Rim is an expert in the field of wireless power and electric cars. He has over 150 patents, is the author of 140 papers, and is currently working as the invited editor in three IEEE societies, TPEL, TIE, and J-ESTPE.
“The postgraduate students in my research team have been of great help to me,” said Professor Rim, “I hope this technology will help bring forth the commercialization of wireless electric cars.”
Postgraduate students Sooyoung Choi and Bumwoo Koo, Doctor Sungwoo Lee from Samsung Electronics, and Researcher Wooyoung Lee from Hyundai Auto have also participated in this research.