The goal of the research.

The letters SOR in the acronym basically well-defines the ultimate objective of our research: Security Optimization Research . we have long been developing and restructuring software highly optimized for specific hardware architectures that are used to build contemporary computer systems and network systems. Our goal here is to build a more secure computer system (in another expression, we are to restructure our target device more optimized in the sense of security.) When we say optimization, it usually means optimization of performance. Although we do not deny the fact that performance is still the most important issue in the design of modern computer systems, we are getting more interested in the issue of Security of our systems. With the recent proliferation of wireless devices like smart phones, virtually all computers in this world are connected via networks. Then it is so clear that the malware attacks will grow increasingly widespread over these networked devices worldwide. So we believe that more and more people will concern about security of their devices as well as the performance. This surely expected rapid change of interest urges us to further extend the realm of our research most recently: Under this objective, our research interests lie in the following areas:

- research on software and hardware solutions for embedded security systemsparticularly emphasizing on networked mobile devices like smartphones and intelligent automatic devices like robots or unmanned vehicles.

You can find more detailed information about our on-going research topics listed just above inside the subpage titled ¡®Research¡¯ of our web site.

The goal of the education.

Until now, the Korean software industry has developed with little regard to the up-to-date hardware technology. It's mainly due to the misled korean educational system where computer scientists and electronic engineers dig their own fields without concerning interaction between them. But, as embedded technology evolves, we can no longer draw an explicit border-line between software and hardware. It results in increasing demand for system engineers who understand both technologies. One noticeable feature of korean industry is that, though it has several hardware giants such as Samsung/LG/Hynix, it doesn't have comparable software companies. So, it would be much more efficient to develop system software technology which enables better use of existing hardware technology. With this understanding, SOR group is aiming to produce system specialist who is able to integrate advanced software technology on existing hardware technologies.