Dr. Ki-Hong Park

BSc, Korea University, Korea, 2005
MSc, and PhD Korea University, Korea, 2011

W​​hy did you choose KAUST?

I was a visiting PhD student at Texas A&M University at Qatar, and I was co-working with professor Mohamed-Slim Alouini, who is a professor in Electrical Engineering at KAUST now. The work experience and his reputation in the field encouraged me to join his research group and KAUST. In addition, it is attractive for young researchers and the university to grow our careers and academic discoveries together. The environment and support provided by KAUST let me focus on my research during work hours and offer me ways to relax after work, since all the facilities and stores are conveniently located just a few minutes away within KAUST. Moreover, the university offers job opportunities for the dependents so that they can build their careers in KAUST.

How is KAUST helping you fulfill your dream?

KAUST provides scientific development programs and research fellowships for me to develop my research career. I received the SABIC postdoctoral fellowship in 2012-2013 to achieve specific research goals regarding green wireless communications. In addition, the scientific writing program makes a commitment to developing and improving key skills for writing effective and professional manuscripts for publication by offering intensive, informative, and practical writing courses.

What is your research topic?​

My research interests are broad, and involve communication theory and its applications to the modeling, design, and performance evaluation of wireless communication systems and networks. On-going research includes the application to MIMO diversity/beamforming/multiplexing systems in cognitive radio, cooperative relaying systems, and physical layer secrecy. One main stream of my research topic is to design and evaluate the algorithm and protocol to enhance the system throughput in wireless interference relaying networks. Another research topic of interest is to develop the kind of receive linear filters in MIMO or MIMO-like system models to optimize the error rate performance.  The other topic is to evaluate the throughput and error rate performance in the underlay/overlay cognitive radio network.

What is are your research accomplishments before and after joining KAUST?

My scientific research (both before and after joining KAUST) has resulted in 20 publications.  Over last three years, eight papers were published in journals including IEEE JSAC with an impact factor higher than three, reserved for one of the top scientific journals in the field of communication theory and its application.  During the pursuit of my PhD, several patents regarding the apparatus and method of multiuser MIMO were filed and issued as a result of co-work with Samsung Electronics. Two bronze prizes were received at the student paper contest in Korea during the pursuit of my PhD. 

What do you think about the KAUST environment and social life?​

KAUST really is a “global village” where people from every continent live and become our neighbors. I can experience many multi-cultural events which I didn’t get to experience previously, and anyone in the KAUST community can become friends with you. The community members are highly bonded to others, so it is highly likely that a friend of others you don’t know might be also your friend. It’s very convenient to relax and enjoy leisure activities in KAUST, such as water sports and other cultural activities. The cinema and golf club in KAUST make the living situation unique, as well. Each community member can dedicate himself to pursuing an active social life.