Students Cho Seong-Hwan (entry class of ‘16) and Choi Woo-Yeon (entry class of ’17) of the HUFS Department of Industrial and Management Engineering (Chair Choi Ki-Seok) won the Grand Prize from the Minister of Science and ICT at the 17th KIIE Korea College Industrial Engineering Project Competition. The Competition was held by the Korean Institute of Industrial Engineers (KIIE) at New Engineering Building of Dongguk University on November 13, 2021 (Saturday).
This year, it marks its 17th anniversary after KIIE introduced it to present solutions to engineering challenges faced by businesses and the society as a whole and nurture creativity through various projects in the entire field of industrial engineering. This year, 63 teams from 22 universities across the nation joined the competition with great enthusiasm despite the COVID-19 situation.
The HUFS students topped the competition with their project entitled ‘Deep Learning Algorithm-Powered Machine Vision-Driven Defective Mask Detection System Development.’ Their project received much praise for offering a solution to the timely need in this COVID era and applying higher-than-expected machine learning techniques for undergraduate students.
Professor Lee Seok-Lyong (Industrial and Management Engineering), who provided advice to the students, said, “This project holds great meaning in that they actually applied the Deep Learning and Data Analysis knowledge that they learned from our courses to real-world circumstances for greater manufacturing efficiency.” He also went on to say, “I am glad that their tireless efforts have come to this great fruition. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, they visited the mask manufacturer several times to identify deficiencies in its manufacturing process and tried hard to think them through.”
The prize winners said, “We jumped into this project to address the problems of the mask producer by combining our academic knowledge from our undergraduate program and digital transformation.” Adding that the process of studying and solving the issues that they witnessed in the manufacturing site gave them a valuable opportunity to boost their creativity and cooperation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, they expressed their hope of bringing more convenience to people’s lives through technological innovation.