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Chip expert Choi Ki-young nominated to lead ICT Ministry

President Moon Jae-in conducted a major Cabinet reshuffle on Friday, nominating Choi Ki-young to lead the Ministry of Science and ICT.

Choi, currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seoul National University, is dubbed an expert in the fields of artificial intelligence and semiconductors.


(Cheong Wa Dae)
(Cheong Wa Dae)

He has a bachelor’s degree in SNU, master’s from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and a doctorate from Stanford University.

Within the field of electrical engineering, he specializes in computer and very-large-scale-integration systems, a form of chip design.

In 2017, Choi headed the Neural Processing Research Center, a research center sponsored by Samsung Electronics to develop neuromorphic chips that mimic the inner work of a human brain.

He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest association for electrical engineers.

Choi will be replacing You Young-min, who has been heading the ministry since July 2017.

By Cho Hyee-su (chohyeesu@heraldcorp.com)
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