KI for Health Science and Technology (KIHST)

Health Science & Technology (HST) is a field that put efforts to foster as a future growth industry along with Information Technology. Though several departments at KAIST have been worked on state of the art HST and advanced in research skills, those efforts were not enough to create novel value or propose a vision to explore new markets. KIHST aims to develop new high-impact technologies through combination of medicine and engineering and provide a new platform for the future health markets. To achieve this goal, Biophotonics, Neuroimaging & Neuromodulation and Therpeutic Bioengineering were set as core competencies to establish infra that can integrate R&D task forces from multidisciplinary departments at KAIST for synergistic results. Furthermore, Translational Medical Engineering will be conducted to aid development and application for practical health technology that reflects real needs of medical field.


  • Platform for the future health care markets
  • Environment to unite the multidisciplinary fields in KAIST
  • Needs driven translational medical engineering

Core Competence


The overall goal is to develop innovative medical imaging technology in order to understand, diagnose, and treat human diseases. Biophotonics of KIHST encompass diverse medical imaging technology.

Research Topics

  • In vivo Imaging for Pathophysiology Study and Clinical Application
  • Adaptive Optics and Complex Photonics

Neuroimaging Neuromodulation

Understanding of the brain mechanisms and disorders is considered one of the most important research as the society becomes older. KIHST will broaden various imaging techniques and animal models of brain disorders to provide innovative diagnostic and therapeutic solution for brain disorders.

Research Topics

  • Early Diagnosis and Intervention in Neurological/Psychiatric Disorders
  • Brain Imaging for Early Diagnosis and Neuromodulation Techniques for Treatment

Therapeutic Bioengineering

KIHST develops innovative medical technologies for diagnostic, therapeutic and regenerative medicine.

Research Topics

  • Innovative Multi-disciplinary Therapeutic Bioengineering
  • Individualized and Targeted Disease Treatment and Monitoring Techniques