Integrative technology has arisen from the overlapping area of the S-curves of computer and communication technology revolutions in the 1980s and 1990s and of the ET, IT, BT, and NT revolutions in the 2000s.
Integrative technology is expected to bring about radical economic and social change by overcoming the technological limitations that have been considered insurmountable. It is also expected that IT, BT, and NT will lead technological developments around the world and that interaction between technologies will trigger the wide spread of technological convergence and generate further breakthroughs. Furthermore, ET (energy technology) will overcome the technological hurdles for the next generation development along with IT, BT and NT.
As seen in "Inner Space," the filmic manifestation of Isaac Asimov's imagination, our generation will soon witness the dream of sailing in a capsule through the blood vessels and killing cancer cells using laser light come true.
Such movie idea can be realized using the integrative technology of IT, BT, and NT, which will lead us to a future where micro-size systems, semiconductors, and sensor-mounted micro robots can be used in patient care.
The convergence of NT, BT, and IT comes in the forms of BI (Bioinformation technology), EI (Energy Information technology), and NI (Nanoinforamtion technology), and nano-bio-materials engineering is based on the design of new materials and the development of processes.
BI (Bioinformation technology) refers to the convergence of BT (Biotechnology) and IT (Information Technology); EI (Energy Information technology) the convergence of ET (Environmental energy technology) and IT; and NI (Nanoinformation technology) the convergence of nanotechnology (NT) and IT.
BI, the integrative biotechnology, is used for the molecules of genes, proteins, cells; NI, the integrative nanotechnology, for advanced materials using nano-particles, lines, films, and bulk materials, applied processes, and nano-devices; and EI, the convergence of the secondary batteries, thin film solar cells, silicon solar cells, microfuel cells, and green energy technologies. These three are now recognized as the cutting-edge industrial technologies that will lead future industries.
In addition, the fundamentals of BENIT, the convergence of BI, NI, and EI, will be expanded based on structures, advanced materials, and system engineering. Such integrative technologies demand renewed research and development, from analysis to evaluation of characteristics.
On the basis of BI-NI-EI convergence, BENIT is expected to be recognized as platform technology, which will open new doors for such fields as medicine and health, automobiles, semiconductors, and displays, and to provide a new paradigm for engineering technology.
Let me remind you of smartphone technology pioneered by Steve Jobs and filmmaker James Cameron's keynote address at SDF2010, "Renaissance Now in Imagination and Technology." Imagination and technology will give rise to a new renaissance, and our intuitions and creativity, as well as our passion for technology, are forming the basis of integrative technology. Our department is dedicated to educating and developing creative human resources in the fields of nano-bio-materials engineering. Join us in making new technologies and imagination a reality. I See You !
Dean of the School of Integrative Engineering
Professor Soo-Kil Kim