Samyang Group's Sudang Foundation announced on April 25 that it has selected Oh Saeng-geun, a 75-year-old honorary professor of French literature at Seoul National University, and Lee Sung-whan, a 59-year-old professor of artificial intelligence at Korea University, as the winners of the 31st Sudang Award.
The Sudang Award was established to inherit and develop the spirit of human resources development of Kim Yeon-soo, founder of Samyang Group, and researchers who have contributed to the development of Korean studies are selected and awarded every year.
Two researchers who have achieved outstanding achievements will be selected and 200 million won in prize money and a plaque will be awarded.
Honorary Professor Oh is a humanities scholar who has studied in-depth French modern literature and various problems of modern society. He has translated and studied the works of Michel Foucault, a leading French intellectual and modern philosopher, an unrivaled researcher of French surrealist literature and French modern poetry.
Professor Lee, the winner of the applied science category, is a scholar who has raised the level of Korea's technology worldwide in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Professor Lee has raised Korea's AI technology status worldwide by leading research on convergence of brain science and artificial intelligence and succeeding for the first time in the world in developing new AI technology that enables complex thinking at the human brain level.
The 31st Sudang Award Ceremony will be held at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on May 31, and only the minimum number of people, including winners, will attend to prevent the spread of COVID-19.