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Deokgun Park

[Deokgun Park]

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Last Updated: September 23, 2021
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Research Interests

Research Interests
Let me introduce three papers to share my research interest. The term AI is used in a broad meaning, and HLAI is not clearly defined. I wrote the first paper, ”Language Acquisition Test for Human-Level Artificial Intelligence,” to clarify HLAI. I claim that the essence of Human-Level Intelligence (HLI) to be the capability to learn from others’ experiences via language. The key is that the event described by language has the same effect as if the agent experience it first hand.
To develop and test models with such a language capability, my students and I developed a simulated environment. There is a 3D Home environment in this environment, and a mother character takes care of the baby and teaches languages. The baby is the learning agent. The environment provides it with comparable experiences to that of a human baby from birth to one year. You can learn more about the environment in the paper titled, ”SEDRo: a Simulated Environment for Developmental Robotics.”
Using the environment as the testbed, I have been working on the implementation of HLAI. In my theory, there are three components of the human brain: instincts, functional components, and universal memory. Functional components are subcortical structures such as reward systems and the hippocampus. Universal memory is the neocortex, where I conjecture that homogenous modules are connected heterarchically. Each module predicts the next vector signal given the sequence of the sensory-motor signal. These modules are updated locally, in contrast to the traditional end-to-end approach where an entire network is updated according to the single objective or loss function. Also, the top-down signal from the higher layer provides a temporal and spatial context. It is a work-in-progress, and please refer to ”Hetearchical Prediction Memory (HPM) for HLAI” for more detail.

Research Keywords

Research Keywords
human-level artificial intelligence; artificial general intelligence; developmental robotics

Biography

Biography

Dr. Deokgun Park is an assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research focuses on open-ended tasks for human-level artificial intelligence (HLAI). He investigates the fundamental principle of a neural information processing system such that a machine can acquire human language in a human-like way in a simulated environment. He leads the Human Data Interaction Lab (UTA), which studies the models and the testbed for HLAI.

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

Publications


      In Process
      • Journal Article
        Comparing word diversity versus amount of speech in parents' responses to infants' prelinguistic vocalization
        [Elmlinger, Steven, Park, Deokgun, Schwade, Jennifer, Goldstein, Michael]. IEEE Transactions. "IEEE". Accepted.

      2019
      • Journal Article
        Common Fate for Animated Transitions in Visualization
        [Chalbi, Amira, Ritchie, Jacob, Park, Deokgun, Choi, Jungu, Roussel, Nicolas, Elmqvist, Niklas, Chevalier, Fanny]. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 1-1. "IEEE". DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TVCG.2019.2934288

      2017
      • Journal Article
        ATOM: A Grammar for Unit Visualizations
        [Park, Deokgun, Drucker, StevenMark, Roland].
      • Journal Article
        ConceptVector: Text Visual Analytics via Interactive Lexicon Building using Word
        [Park, Deokgun, Kim, Seungyeon, Lee, Jurim, Choo, Jaegul, Diakopoulos, Niklas, Elmqvist, Niklas]. IEEE Transaction on Visualization & Computer Graphics. (Proc. VAST 2017), "IEEE".

      2016
      • Journal Article
        Topiclens: Efficient multi-level visual topic exploration of large-scale document collections
        [Kim, Minjeong, Kang, Kyeongpil, Park, Deokgun, Choo, Jaegul, Elmqvist, Niklas]. IEEE Transaction on Visualization & Computer Graphics. (Proc. VAST 2016), 23(1), 151--160. "IEEE".

      2015
      • Journal Article
        Visdock: A toolkit for cross-cutting interactions in visualization
        [Choi, Jungu, Park, Deokgun, Wong, YuetLing, Fisher, Eli, Elmqvist, Niklas]. IEEE Transaction on Visualization & Computer Graphics. 21(9), 1087--1100. "IEEE".

      2003
      • Journal Article
        Comparative study of telecommunication methods for emergency telemedicine
        [Park, Deokgun, Kim, HeeChan]. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 9(5), 300--303. "SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England".

      2001
      • Journal Article
        Automatic identification of human helminth eggs on microscopic fecal specimens using digital image processing and an artificial neural network
        [Yang, YoonSeok, Park, Deokgun, Kim, HeeChan, Choi, Min-Ho, Chai, Jong-Yil]. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. 48(6), 718--730. "IEEE".

      2020
      • Conference Proceeding
        SEDRo: A Simulated Environment for Developmental Robotics
        2020 Joint IEEE 10th International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob)
        [Pothula, Aishwarya, Mondol, MdAshaduzzaman Rubel, Narasimhan, Sanath, Islam, SmMazharul, Park, Deokgun]. 1--2.

      2016
      • Conference Proceeding
        Supporting comment moderators in identifying high quality online news comments
        Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
        [Park, Deokgun, Sachar, Simranjit, Diakopoulos, Nicholas, Elmqvist, Niklas]. Proceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 1114--1125. New York, NY: "ACM". DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2858036.2858389
        http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2858036.2858389
      • Conference Proceeding
        ParallelSpaces: Simultaneous Exploration of Feature and Data for Hypothesis Generation
        System Sciences (HICSS), 2016 49th Hawaii International Conference on
        [Park, Deokgun, Choi, Jungu, Elmqvist, Niklas]. 1437--1445.

      2014
      • Conference Proceeding
        skWiki: a multimedia sketching system for collaborative creativity
        Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems
        [Zhao, Zhenpeng, Badam, SriramKarthik, Chandrasegaran, Senthil, Park, Deokgun, Elmqvist, NiklasLE, Kisselburgh, Lorraine, Ramani, Karthik]. 1235--1244.

      2013
      • Conference Proceeding
        VisTwit: Talking Together about News Visualization with Twitter
        Mobile and BreakingNews: New Challenges for News Information Visualizations at IEEE VIS 2013
        [Park, Deokgun, Elmqvist, Niklas, Kisselburgh, Lorraine].

      2008
      • Conference Proceeding
        Development of patch type sensor module for real-time monitoring of heart rate and agility index
        Sensors, 2008 IEEE
        [Kim, YounTae, Park, Deokgun, Kang, Jaemin, Seo, KwangSeok]. 1151--1154.

      2006
      • Conference Proceeding
        A novel system for intrabody communication: touch-and-play
        Circuits and Systems, 2006. ISCAS 2006. Proceedings. 2006 IEEE International Symposium on
        [Hyoung, ChangHee, Sung, JinBong, Hwang, JungHwan, Kim, JinKyung, Park, Deokgun, Kang, SungWeon]. 4--pp.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Analysis of signal interference in human body communication using human body as transmission medium
        Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium 2006, IEEE
        [Hwang, JungHwan, Sung, JinBong, Hyoung, ChangHee, Kim, JinKyung, Park, Deokgun, Kang, SungWeon]. 495--498.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Context aware service using intra-body communication
        Pervasive Computing and Communications, 2006. PerCom 2006. Fourth Annual IEEE International Conference on
        [Park, Deokgun, Kim, JinKyung, Bong, SungJin, Hwang, JungHwan, Hyung, ChangHee, Kang, SungWeon]. 8--pp.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Development of flexible self adhesive patch for professional heat stress monitoring service
        Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2005. IEEE-EMBS 2005. 27th Annual International Conference of the
        [Park, Deokgun, Shin, SeungChul, Kang, SungWon, Kim, YounTae]. 3789--3792.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Effects of ground electrode on signal transmission of human body communication using human body as transmission medium
        Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium 2006, IEEE
        [Sung, JinBong, Hwang, JungHwan, Hyoung, ChangHee, Kim, JinKyung, Park, Deokgun, Kang, SungWeon]. 491--494.
      • Conference Proceeding
        EM simulation and analysis on the ground electrode of human body communication
        Microwave Conference, 2006. 36th European
        [Hwang, JungHwan, Hyoung, ChangHee, Sung, JinBong, Kim, JinKyung, Park, Deokgun, Kang, SungWeon]. 1122--1123.
      • Conference Proceeding
        TAP: touch-and-play
        Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in computing systems
        [Park, Deokgun, Kim, JinKyung, Sung, JinBong, Hwang, JungHwan, Hyung, ChangHee, Kang, SungWeon]. 677--680.

      2004
      • Conference Proceeding
        Development of reusable and expandable communication for wearable medical sensor network
        Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2004. IEMBS'04. 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE
        [Park, Deokgun, Kang, SungWeon]. 2, 5380--5383.
      • Conference Proceeding
        Realization of an e-health system to perceive emergency situations
        Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2004. IEMBS'04. 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE
        [Shin, Seung-Chul, Ryu, CY, Kang, JH, Nam, SH, Song, YS, Lim, TG, Lee, JW, Park, Deokgun, Kim, SH, Kim, YT]. 2, 3309--3312.

      2020
      • Other
        Language Acquisition Test for Human-Level Artificial Intelligence
        [Park, Deokgun].
      • Other
        Modeling Social Interaction for Baby in Simulated Environment for Developmental Robotics
        [Mondol, MdAshaduzzaman Rubel, Pothula, Aishwarya, Park, Deokgun]. Neurips 2020 Workshop on BabyMind.
        https://babymind-workshop-2020.github.io/
      • Other
        An Open-World Simulated Environment for Developmental Robotics
        [Islam, SM, Mondol, MdAshaduzzaman Rubel, Pothula, Aishwarya, Park, Deokgun]. ICML 2020 Workshop on Learning in Artificial Open Worlds.
        https://sites.google.com/view/icml-laow2020/home

      2008
      • Other
        Human body sound transmission system and method using single sound source
        [Kim, Sung-Eun, Hyoung, Chang-hee, Kim, Jin-kyung, Park, Deokgun, Park, Hyung-Il, Lim, In-Gi, Kim, Jung-Bum, Kim, Kyung-Soo, Kang, Sung-Weon, Hwang, Jung-Hwan, others].

      2007
      • Other
        Apparatus and method for providing media advertisement service using human body communication
        [Park, Deokgun, Kang, Sung-Weon, Hyoung, Chang-hee, Sung, Jin-Bong, Hwang, Jung-Hwan, Kim, Sung-Eun, Kim, Jin-kyung, Lim, In-Gi, Park, Hyung-ll, Kim, Jung-Bum, others].
      • Other
        Apparatus for transmitting reference signals for measuring phase response characteristic of human body, and phase response characteristic measuring system and method employing the same
        [Hwang, Jung-Hwan, Kang, Sung-Weon, Kim, Kyung-Soo, Kim, Jung-Bum, Lim, In-Gi, Hyoung, Chang-hee, Sung, Jin-Bong, Kim, Sung-Eun, Park, Deokgun, Kim, Jin-kyung, others].
      • Other
        Dmb receiving portable terminal for human body communication, dmb transmitting method thereof, and hmd apparatus and method for dmb reception using human body communication
        [Kang, Sung-Weon, Sung, Jin-Bong, Hwang, Jung-Hwan, Hyoung, Chang-hee, Kim, Jin-kyung, Park, Deokgun, Kim, Sung-Eun, Park, Hyung-Il, Lim, In-Gi, Kim, Jung-Bum, others]. "Google Patents".
      • Other
        Intra-body communication system for high-speed data transmission
        [Kim, Tae-Joon, Kang, Sung-Weon, Kim, Kyung-Soo, Kim, Jung-Bum, Lim, In-Gi, Hyoung, Chang-hee, Park, Hyung-II, Park, Deokgun, Kim, Sung-Eun, Kim, Jin-kyung, others].

Presentations

    • December  2020
      Mondol, Md Ashaduzzaman Rubel (Author), Pothula, Aishwarya (Author), Park, Deokgun (Author & Presenter), "Modeling Social Interaction for Baby in Simulated Environment for Developmental Robotics", Neurips 2020, Virtual. (December 11, 2020).
    • October  2020
      Pothula, Aishwarya (Author), Mondol, Md Ashaduzzaman Rubel (Author), Narasimhan, Sanath (Author), Islam, Sm Mazharul (Author), Park, Deokgun (Author & Presenter), "SEDRo: A Simulated Environment for Developmental Robotics", IEEE, Virtual. (October 28, 2020).
    • July  2020
      Islam, Sm Mazharul (Author), Mondol, Md Ashaduzzaman Rubel (Author), Pothula, Aishwarya (Author), Park, Deokgun (Author & Presenter), "An Open-World Simulated Environment for Developmental Robotics", ICML 2020. (July 18, 2020).
    • October  2019
      Park, Deokgun, "Atom: A grammar for unit visualizations", IEEE, Berlin, Germany. (October 24, 2019).
    • December  2018
      Park, Deokgun, "Thinking, Autism and Artificial General Intelligence", Computer Science Dept. Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea. (December 26, 2018).
    • December  2018
      Park, Deokgun, "Thinking, Autism and the Artificial General Intelligence", DGIST, Daegu, South Korea. (December 26, 2018).
    • December  2018
      Park, Deokgun, "Open-ended tasks for text mining", Korean Information Science Society, Pyungchang, South Korea. (December 19, 2018).
    • December  2018
      Park, Deokgun, "Thinking, Autism and the Artificial General Intelligence", Biomedical Engineering Dept. Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea. (December 18, 2018).
    • December  2018
      Park, Deokgun, "Visual Analytics for Comments Analysis", Naver, Seoul, South Korea. (December 17, 2018).

Students Supervised

    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Chair
      Sm Mazharul Islam, (Computer Science and Engineer)
    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Chair
      Md Ashaduzzaman Rubel Mondol, (Computer Science and Engineer)
    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Chair
      Aishwarya Pothula, (Computer Science and Engineer)
    • Dec 2020
      Master's Thesis Committee Chair
      Sanjay Thapa, (Computer Science and Engineer)
      Use of Word Embedding To Generate Similar Words and Misspellings for Training Purpose in Chatbot Development
    • May 2020
      Master's Thesis Committee Chair
      Paul Lewis Lobo, (Computer Science and Engineer)
      Intrinsic Curiosity in Reinforcement Learning by Improving Next Step Prediction
    • May 2020
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Priyank Arora, (Computer Science and Engineer)
    • May 2020
      Master's Thesis Committee Chair
      Md Shaekur Rahman, (Computer Science and Engineer)
      Development of Text Analytics for Debriefing Reflection Essays
    • May 2020
      Master's Thesis Committee Chair
      Sanath Narasimhan, (Computer Science and Engineer)
      Evaluating the Accuracy of Gaze Detection for Moving Character
    • Apr 2020
      Doctoral Diagnostic Committee Member
      Sohil Shrestha, (Computer Science and Engineer)
    • Apr 2019
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Sarbajit Roy, (Computer Science and Engineer)
      FrameAnnotator - A frame-semantic annotation tool

Courses

      • CSE 4334-001 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 111685)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • CSE 5334-001 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 102532)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 5334-900 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 102532)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • CSE 6397-033 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102609)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • CSE 6697-033 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102614)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • CSE 5334-002 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 102532)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 6397-033 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102609)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • CSE 6697-033 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102614)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • CSE 6369-002 SPEC TOPS ADV INTELLIGENT SYS
        (Topic: Human Level AI | Course Id: 110979)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • CSE 4334-001 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 111685)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 5334-003 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 102532)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 6397-033 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102609)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • CSE 6697-033 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102614)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • CSE 5334-002 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 102532)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 5334-202 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 102532)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 5698-033 MASTER'S THESIS II
        (Course Id: 102571)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • CSE 6397-033 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102609)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • CSE 4334-001 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 111685)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CSE 5334-003 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 102532)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CSE 5393-033 DIRECTED STUDY IN COMPUTER SCI
        (Course Id: 102562)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CSE 5698-033 MASTER'S THESIS II
        (Course Id: 102571)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CSE 6397-033 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102609)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CSE 4334-002 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 111685)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 5334-002 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 102532)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • CSE 5393-033 DIRECTED STUDY IN COMPUTER SCI
        (Course Id: 102562)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CSE 6397-033 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102609)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CSE 6697-033 RESEARCH IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 102614)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • CSE 4334-004 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 111685)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • CSE 5334-004 DATA MINING
        (Course Id: 102532)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus

Service to the University

    • Aug 2018 to  Present Committee Member
      PhD Admission Committee

Service to the Profession

    • June 2020 to  Present
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
    • Apr 2020 to  Present
      Committee Member
      IEEE VIS Short Paper Committee
    • 2019 to  Present
      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI)
    • 2019 to  Present
      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob)
    • 2019 to  Present
      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      IEEE VAST
    • 2017 to  Present
      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      IEEE InfoVis
    • 2019 to  2019
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing
    • 2019 to  2019
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
    • 2017 to  2019
      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    • 2018 to  2018
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS)