Swan Kim

Seunghwan (Swan) Kim

Dept. Physics, POSTECH, 77 Cheongam-Ro, Nam-Gu, Pohang, Gyeongbuk, Korea 37673
Tel: +82-54-279-2085
Fax: +82-54-279-3099
e-mail: swan@postech.ac.kr
Born on July 17, 1959 in Seoul.
Professor at Department of Physics, POSTECH(Since 1990)

Research Interests

I am interested in diverse problems of complex systems:
nonlinear dynamics and chaos in coupled oscillator networks, self-organization and pattern formation in complex systems, biophysics of the nervous system and neurodynamics stochastic transport and nonlinear localized structures in lattices and networks, and applications of nonlinear time series analysis to biomedical and financial time series, in particular, the neural correlates of consciousness in general anesthesia.


Ph. D.: Department of Physics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA(1987)
B.S.: Department of Physics, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea(1981)


2017.09 - Present. Dean of Graduate School, POSTECH
2014.10 - 2016.09. President, Korea Foundation for Advancement of Science and Creativity (KOFAC) Executive Committee/Chair, Subcommittee of Human, Social, Natural Sciences, KNC for UNESCO
2013.07 - 2014.12. President, Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP)
2011.09 - 2013.08. Vice President of Research and Industry Affairs of POSTECH
2010.04 - 2014.10. Director, Institute for Edge of Theoretical Science
2007.09 - 2009.08. Dean of Research Affairs, POSTECH
2004.05 - 2012.07. Executive Director, Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics
2000.06 - Present. Director, Nonlinear & Complex Systems Lab.-Nat’l Research Lab.
1998.08 - 2000.07. / 2004.09 - 2006.03. Director, Brain Research Center, Pohang, Korea
1996.03 - 1997.02. Cambridge University, DAMTP, Senior Visiting Scholar, U.K.
1989.09 - 1990.01. Cornell University, CAM, Research Associate, U.S.A.
1988.09 - 1989.08. Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), U.S.A.
1987.08 - 1988.08. Cornell University, MSI, Research Associate, U.S.A.

Academic & Social activities

President (2018 -), Korea Science Diplomacy Club
President (2014 - 2016), Vice President (2008 - 2013) of Association of Asia Pacific Physical Society
President (2015 - 2016), Vice President (2007 - 2008) of The Korea Physical Society
Co-President of Citizen’s Coalition for Scientific Society (2013 - 2015)
Consultation Committee on Basic Science Promotion, National Science & Technology Council (2012 - 2014)
Senior Member of Special Committee in Presidential Advisory Council on Education, Science & Engineering (2007 - 2009)
Executive Director of IPhO2004 Organizing Committee (2002 - 2004)

Scientific awards/honours

Werner Teutch Prize, University of Pennsylvania(1983)
Hogil Kim Memorial Fellowship/Chevening Scholar, British Council(1996)
Achievement Award, The Korea Physical Society(2004)
Governor’s Award for Science Promotion (2005)
Achievement Award, POSTECH(2011)
Scientist of the Year, Korea Science Journalist Association (2013)

Research keywords

Nonlinear dynamics, Chaos and Complex Systems, Applications to Neuroscience, Biophysics, Econophysics, etc.

Publications / Conferences

Published over 100 papers on PRL, Phys. Rev., Eur. Phys. J., PLOS One, Scientific Reports, etc.
Organized numerous international conferences such as DDAP, APPC10, APCTP conference/workshop series, etc.

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