The Office of International and Public Relations responds to the media and private organizations, constructs regional networks, maintains cooperative relationships, and conducts PR activities.
The Office of Policy Innovation manages strategies and research plans, evaluates research performance and manages committees and councils associated with research projects.
The Audit Division audits the budget and oversees asset management and employee performance to improve administrative management. The office also runs a real-time monitoring system to increase transparency in the overall management process, including internal and external research activities, administrative work, and budget execution.
The General Administration Division is responsible for the general administration and management of the institute and plays an important role in supporting KASI's research departments to achieve excellent research outcomes. The General Administration Division consists of four teams: the General Affairs Team, Personnel Team, Accounting Team, and Procurement Team.
The Planning Division establishes the management of business planning, prepares and manages the budget, and supports the information system and environment.
The Planning Team manages the organizational structure, regulations, and cooperation with the government.
The Budget Team deals with the working budget and final accounts.
The MIS Team works to update the institute’s information-processing environment by developing and implementing information strategies, and establishing and operating the institute’s management information system. The team also manages the KASI website and is responsible for maintenance of ICT facilities and networks as well as the institute’s information security.
The General Affairs Team seeks to improve the operation of the institute by taking account of the needs of employees and changes in the research and management environment.
The Personnel Team conducts efficient management of personnel, employment of talented researchers and education.
The Accounting Team deals with accounting, taxation and account settlement, as well as development and execution of short-term and long-term financial plans.
The Procurement team purchases research equipment, materials, and work in response to internal needs. The team also manages KASI-owned fixed assets.
The Optical Astronomy Division is a research division that includes the first research facilities dating back to the establishment of KASI. This division consists of four research groups that are closely related to the optical facilities(61 cm, 1 m, 1.8 m, KMTNet) operated by KASI: the Galaxy Evolution Research Group, Variable Objects Research Group, Sobaeksan Optical Astronomy Observatory (SOAO), and Bohyunsan Optical Astronomy Observatory(BOAO), including Lemmonsan Optical Astronomy Observatory(LOAO).
Since the establishment of the 13.7 m telescope at Taeduk Radio Astronomy Observatory (TRAO), radio astronomy has been an active research field at KASI and the Korea Astronomical Society. Research in this area has increased with the installation of the Korean VLBI Network (KVN) at KASI in 2008 and its subsequent operation. KVN is currently in coordinated operation with VLBI Exploration of Radio Astronomy (VERA) of the National Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), and researchers at the Korea-Japan VLBI Correlator Center manage the joint operation of this KVN-VERA program. The Radio Technology Development Group (RTDG) at KASI has focused on the new millimeter-wave receiver system with inputs optics that enables simultaneous observations in four bands, at 22, 43, 86, and 129 GHz, to facilitate calibration of tropospheric phase fluctuations for millimeter-wave VLBI observations. The RTDG also focuses on the development of a prototype 230-GHz-band superconductor?insulator?superconductor (SIS) mixer for THz applications and other technology for the radio observation instruments.
The Space Science Division conducts Sun and Space Weather research and Lunar and Planetary Science. Further, it conducts high-resolution tracking of space objects based on Laser Ranging Technology to expand human horizons into the universe in terms of action and scientific knowledge, and to prevent issues such as natural disasters and space debris. The division also specializes in Global Geodesy, based on Space geodesy techniques and the Sun-Earth connection, and prides itself on research based on astronomical observations in space.
The center for space situational awareness (CSSA) performs the risk analysis and field technical operations regarding the collisions and re-entries of the artificial satellites and near-approaches and collisions of the asteroids. Operating Regulations of the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) defines of the duties of CSSA detailed as follows: Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and research, Development of SSA related technology, Installation and operation of SSA facilities, International collaboration on SSA, Operation of 'National Space Situational Awareness Organization'
Center for Large Telescopes(CfLAT) is in charge of the K-GMT project in KASI, working as an official interface between KASI and Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) Organization. KASI is a founding member of GMT project. CfLAT is working to promote the research capability of Korean astronomical society science by providing access to 4-8m observing facilities such as AAT, UKIRT, CFHT, MMT (2014~), and Gemini (2015~). CfLAT is also actively involved in the international large survey projects such as SDSS4, and supports the planning of future Korea-led surveys.
The Center for Theoretical Astronomy has three research groups: the Cosmology Group, Historical Astronomy Group, and Theoretical Astronomy Group.
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