AI-BigData Convergence (ABC)

Won Kim

Won Kim
Distinguished Professor and AI Vice President of Gachon University, near Seoul, Korea


In this keynote, I would like to share my vision for the convergence of AI and Big Data, which I will call the “ABC” to make it easy to remember. It is an initiative that can propel the current smart data processing to the next level.

The ABC vision is based on advancing both AI and Big Data through promotion of a fuller use of data, and a symbiotic relationship between AI and Big Data. The fuller use of data means the use of higher quality data and multimodal data for both AI and Big Data. The symbiotic relationship means to advance AI and Big Data by leveraging each other. 

The initiative can significantly enhance the performance (both accuracy and speed) of ML/DL; significantly broaden the scope of data science applications, and enhance the productivity in developing such applications; and enhance the quality of data, and lead to a better maintenance of the data to serve as input to ML/DL model training and validation.

This ABC initiative will require participation by a robust segment of the Big Data and ML/DL communities, including researchers, data scientists, application developers, open source developers, and hardware designers. 

In this keynote, I will outline an initial scope of the R&D for the ABC Initiative that merits attention from the community.


Won Kim is currently a distinguished professor with Software Department at Gachon University, near Seoul, Korea. He is also AI Vice President of Gachon University and is Managing Director of the National Program of Excellence in Software Education at Gachon University, sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Science & Technology and Information Technology.

Before joining the faculty of Gachon University, he was a professor with SKKU (SungKyunKwan University), and a senior vice president of Samsung Electronics, both in Korea.

He was the founder and CEO of UniSQL (where he led the development of world’s first object-relational database system) and also Cyber Database Solutions in the US. Before founding UniSQL, he worked as a researcher at IBM Almaden Research Center; and as a research director at MCC(Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation), where he led a team that developed the ORION object-oriented database system (one of the first OODBs).

He received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In 2017, he received an Order of Service Merit Medal from the Government of Korea for his services to IT industry for both the US and Korea. In 2018, he received an Alumni Outstanding Educator Award from the Computer Science Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In the US, he served as Chair of ACM(Association of Computing Machinery) SIGMOD (special interest group on management of data) and founding Chair of ACM SIGKDD (special interest group on knowledge discovery and data mining). He also served as Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Database Systems, and founding Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Internet Technology