The Korean Computer Scientists and Engineers Association in America (KOCSEA), founded in 1983, is a not-for-profit organization of Korean American computer scientists and engineers in the United States. The purpose of KOCSEA is to: “promote communication, information exchange, and cooperation among its members and to provide opportunities for them to make contributions to computer-related fields in Korea and U.S.”
As of 2019, KOCSEA has about 600 members and patrons, including academicians and practitioners, as well as post-graduate students and younger generation undergraduate students. In addition, there are honorary and institutional members. Since the initial publication of the newsletter in May 1989, KOCSEA had published newsletters once a year to communicate the activities of the organization and members as well as other interesting information. The newsletter also published information about computer-related schools and research/industrial organizations as well as detailed reports from KOCSEA-sponsored workshops, abstracts of new Ph.D. dissertations and conference papers written by its members.
KOCSEA organizes a symposium gathering over 100 members in the U.S. and South Korea every year. Through the annual symposium, members from academia and industry meet and share their research and development projects in various fields in computer and IT. Topics include not only the advancement of traditional computer science and engineering fields but also cutting-edge technology trends such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data, data science, health-care, etc.
Past Activities of KOCSEA
KOCSEA organized annual workshops in Korea in cooperation with KISS (Korean Information Science Society) from 1990 to 1995 over various areas of information technologies. They included software engineering, computer integrated manufacturing, multimedia technology, end-user computing technology, network technology, virtual reality and video technology, and Internet and the information superhighway.
In each workshop, several specialists from KOCSEA made presentations and participated in panel discussions with colleagues in Korea. Since 1996, the workshop has been suspended due to recent advances in information exchange technologies. We are looking for other opportunities to enhance information exchange with computer scientists and engineers in Korea.
KOCSEA members contributed to the advancement of science and engineering in Korea by providing reviews on leading-edge project proposals submitted to KOSEF. In 1996 and 1998, a number of KOCSEA members took part in a research trend study sponsored by KOSEF and KSEA in the area of computer and communications.
KOCSEA has kept close relationships with other societies in Korea and the US such as KOSEF (Korea Science & Engineering Foundation) and KSEA (Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in America) which is an association of all Korean scientists and engineers working in America. Numerous KOCSEA members made key presentations at the recent KSEA conferences.