Professor Kwangjo Kim of the School of Computing has been selected recently as a 2017 Fellow for the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). A non-profit organization that is dedicated to cryptology and its applications, the IACR has annually selected up to six fellows from its members who either made great contributions to cryptologic research or contributed and promoted academic activity since 2004. It also annually hosts various conferences and workshops such as its three main conferences Eurocrypt, Crypto, and Asiacrypt, the Workshop on Public Key Cryptography (PKC), and the Workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (CHES).
Professor Kim has extensively studied cryptology, information security theory, and their applications for 34 years and is globally recognized as an expert in his field. As the IACR explains on its homepage, Professor Kim was selected this year “for [his] cryptographic design, education, and leadership, and for exemplary service to IACR and the Asia-Pacific cryptographic community”. This announcement’s significance for the future of Korean cryptology research is monumental; although there have been two other selections — from Japan and Australia — in the Asia-Pacific region, Professor Kim is the first Korean to ever become an IACR Fellow.
Professor Kim’s selection was to be expected, given a look back at his career. He served as General Chair for and hosted Asiacrypt 1996 and 2004, PKC 2001, and CHES 2014, effectively contributing to the development of cryptology in Korea. Professor Kim also held prominent positions in the IACR before his selection; he was the Director of IACR from 2000 to 2004 and an Asiacrypt Steering Committee Chair from 2005 to 2008. Academically, he has also authored more than 80 Science Citation Index (SCI) journals, which have aggregately received more than 20,000 citations. Furthermore, he is currently Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Cryptography, member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mathematical Cryptology, Honorary President of the Korea Institute of Information Security and Cryptology, and the Korean representative for both the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee 11: Security and Privacy Protection in Information Processing Systems and the Asiacrypt Steering Committee.
In response to his selection as a fellow, Professor Kim exclaimed, “It is the greatest honor not only for my research of cryptology and information security and my contributions to cryptology conferences to be recognized highly, but also for me to hold the same academic authority as do the greatest minds around the world.”