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Message from General Co-Chairs

Two important foci of POSTECH¡¯s Division of IT Convergence Engineering are Ubiquitous Healthcare (U-Health) and Ubiquitous Environment (U-Environment). The main objective of U-Health is to provide easy, constant, and reliable health monitoring at home and abroad at an affordable cost. This has become an important research topic in both industrialized and developing countries. The U-health approach is also very useful for providing better quality of life for aging populations. The U-Environment is a subject of equal importance, due to the increasing adverse environmental changes caused throughout the world by human activities. In order to remedy them, environmental variables must be constantly monitored, so that their causes and dynamics may be better understood. Advances in information technology (IT), biotechnology (BT), and nanotechnology (NT) will facilitate the U-Health and U-Environment programs. Their integration, or convergence, will be especially powerful. The Division of IT Convergence Engineering (ITCE, http://itce.postech.ac.kr) has been established at POSTECH as part of the Korean government¡¯s World Class University (WCU) Program to establish new academic programs in important new growth-generating fields. This will be realized by bringing together Distinguished Visiting Faculty from abroad to work with domestic experts at POSTECH (http://www.postech.ac.kr).
 
To celebrate the establishment of our new WCU Division of ITCE at POSTECH, we organized the 1st International Symposium on IT Convergence Engineering (ISITCE 2009) on October 16-17, 2009 at the POSCO International Center in POSTECH. It was a very successful symposium, and brought together experts in the four pillar areas of Convergence Engineering (NT, BT, networking and communications, and autonomics). To continue this vital discussion of critical issues in fusing these four areas, we will hold the 2nd International Symposium on IT Convergence Engineering (ISITCE 2010, http://itce.postech.ac.kr/isitce/2010/) on August 19-20, 2010 at the POSCO International Center in POSTECH. We are very pleased to invite you to this symposium, where world-class experts in Autonomics, Communications, Networking, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Healthcare, Environment and their convergence are scheduled to speak. An industrial vision for U-Health and U-Environment will be offered by speakers from leading Korean companies and medical perspectives will be covered by leading experts from the medical community. In addition, we have invited international speakers from U.S., Japan, Europe, China, Taiwan, Vietnam.
 
We expect that you will find the symposium interesting and productive in raising and addressing key issues in U-Health and U-Environment. We look forward to seeing you in Pohang.

Meyya Meyyappan

James Won-Ki Hong

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