UKC 2018 Call For Papers

Dear KSEA members and previous UKC participants,

The annual US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (UKC) is jointly organized by the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) and the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST). This conference draws over 1,000 scientists, engineers, government officials, industry executives, and policy-makers. This year’s conference will be held August 1 (Wed) – 4 (Sat), 2018 at the St. John University Conference Center in Queens, New York.  The UKC 2018 theme “Leading Discoveries in the Era of the 4th Industrial Revolution” focuses on three pillars, Digital Technologies/AI/Blockchain, Biomedicine and Robotics/Autonomous Systems.

On behalf of the UKC 2018 program committee and the UKC 2018 sponsoring organizations, we invite you to submit an academic paper presenting significant research findings from basic science, applied science, engineering, technology and science policy or an industry paper presenting experiences in future technology trends, career trends in Korea and/or US, career experience, and entrepreneurship in areas including but not limited to the following areas: 1) Symposiums for academia and technical industry and 2) Forums for sponsors and career development.


We invite academia, research institutes and technical industry to share their research progress or outcomes at the UKC 2018. One-page research or industry technical paper in UKC format is required.  All papers are required to be written and presented in English. The papers will be reviewed and selected by each symposium committee in consultation with the conference program committee. All papers presented at the Conference will be collected and published in a proceedings. All accepted papers require an oral presentation or a poster presentation with speed talk. Two types of symposium paper templates for academia and industry can be found here. All submissions in conjunction with the lodging should use the UKC 2018 EasyChair Conference Management System (it will be officially opened on March 15, 2018).

  • Digital Technologies / Artificial Intelligence / Blockchain

    • Computer Sciences and Information Technologies (CIT)
    • Electrical, Electronics and Communications (EEC)
    • Math, Applied Math and Statistics (MAS)
  • Biomedicine

    • Biomedical Engineering (BME)
    • Bio, Medical and Pharmaceutical (BMP)
    • Chemical Engineering (CHE)
    • Chemistry (CHM)
    • Food, Agriculture and Nutrition (FAN)
  • Robotics / Autonomous Systems

    • Civil, Environmental and Architecture (CEA)
    • Mechanical, Aerospace and Naval Engineering (MAN)
    • Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
    • Physics (PHY)


UKC 2018 will provide an opportunity for sponsors to organize the sponsor-named forums, which can serve as platforms for leaders to exchange ideas on future cooperation and promote collaborations with the sponsor institutions. .  These topics include, but are not limited to, focus areas identified by the Ministry of Science ICT and Future Planning. We can help the sponsors to identify potential chairs and speakers of the forum.  Organizers, chair/co-chairs and speakers can be Korean-American and non-ethnic Korean US researchers and experts from government, academia and industry.  To meet the sponsor’s needs, UKC 2018 organizing committee will help in customizing a forum structure and identifying a forum chair that can work closely with the sponsor.

KSEA forums such as the Professional Forum and Young Generation Forum (also known as the YG and Professional Forums) will have a separate application using the same EasyChair system for those who wish to present a career speed talk or a poster on career development or leadership topics. These non-technical presentations do not need submission templates at this time.

Important Dates

  • April 15, 2018 (Sun)

    • Early academic & industry paper submission due
    • YG and professional forums early applications due
    • Lodging support application due
  • April 30, 2018 (Mon)

    • Notification of early paper acceptance
    • Notification of YG and professional forums acceptance
    • Notification of lodging support award
  • May 15, 2018 (Tue)

    • Paper submission due
    • YG and professional forums regular application due
    • Online registration start
  • May 31, 2018 (Thu)

    • Notification of paper acceptance
    • Notification of YG and professional forums acceptance
  • June 15, 2018 (Fri)

    • Final (revised) paper submission due
    • Early discounted online registration due
  • June 30, 2018 (Sat)

    • Discounted online registration due

 Submission of Papers

All submissions in conjunction with the lodging should use the UKC 2018 EasyChair Conference Management System (it will be officially opened on March 15, 2018).   Online submission will be available until May 15, 2018. However, we strongly encourage you submit by April 15, 2018 for a discounted registration fee. There are two different paper templates: 1) symposium academic paper template, and 2) symposium industry paper template. Additional information can be found at Should you have any questions, please send your inquiry at