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Gauss Labs aims to revolutionize manufacturing by building industrial AI systems beyond human capabilities. Founded in August 2020 with two international locations in San Jose, CA, and Seoul, Korea, Gauss Labs is home to Gaussians who are enthusiastic about pursuing this goal under balanced and inspiring leadership.

Leadership Team

CEO Young-Han Kim is a leading expert in data science and information theory, and an 11th generation academic descendent of Carl Friedrich Gauss. He is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Halicioglu Data Science Institute at the University of California, San Diego. He has written two books, over 120 papers, and several patents on topics spanning data science, artificial intelligence, signal and image processing, data compression, information theory, wireless communications, networking, computational biology, information security, and circuit design. He has also collaborated closely with several industry partners, including Qualcomm, InterDigital, Samsung, Naver, and, most recently, SK Hynix as a Data Research Fellow. He received his MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Statistics, and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, all from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is a recipient of the National Sience Foundation CAREER Award, the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Bergmann Memorial Award, and the IEEE James Massey Award.

Head of R&D Sunghee Yun has led research and development of machine learning and optimization technologies in diverse areas such as semiconductor design and manufacturing, marketing and sales, and retail shopping business. Before joining Gauss Labs, Sunghee led several high-profile machine learning (ML) projects at Amazon.com using deep reinforcement learning, recommender system, and anomaly detection where one of his project increased the sales by $200 million at Amazon mobile shopping app. Prior to Amazon, he worked as a Principle Engineer for Samsung Electronics leading artificial intelligence (AI) and ML projects for reducing cost and improving performance for circuit design and manufacturing process. Currently more than 200 semiconductor designers and test engineers use the AI platform Sunghee developed everyday. He received MS and Ph.D. degrees from Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University and BS degree from Seoul National University.

Board of Directors

Kyo Won Jin is Chief Production and Product Officer of SK Hynix overseeing the development and manufacturing of DRAM and NAND flash memory devices. Kyo Won has been working in semiconductor memory industry with several leadership roles over the past 35 years since he joined SK Hynix in 1985. He served as Executive VP of DRAM Development & Business from 2018 to 2019, and as Executive VP of Quality & Reliability Assurance from 2016 to 2018. He served as Senior VP of NAND Development & Business from 2014 to 2016. In the early 2000s, he led engineering teams developing experimental 150nm products, which helped drive SK Hynix’s growth into one of the largest memory makers in the world. In 2020, he was awarded the Golden Industrial Medal by the President of Korea in recognition of his contributions to the nation’s semiconductor industry. He received his B.S degree in Physics from Seoul National University.

Jay Eum is a venture capitalist with 20 years of extensive investment experience across both institutional and corporate investment firms. Jay is currently a Senior Advisor to Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP) and an Investment Advisor to TBT Partners. Jay co-founded TransLink Capital, a Palo Alto-based early stage venture capital firm supporting entrepreneurs develop customer connections and partnerships in Asia. Jay was responsible for leading investments in artificial intelligence, fintech, blockchain, and consumer technology. Prior to TransLink, he was Managing Director of Samsung Ventures where he established and led the US venture capital operations for Samsung, responsible for US-based investments and portfolio management. He received an MBA from Stanford University and M.S/B.S. in Chemistry from Seoul National University. Jay serves as Chairman and Board Director of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) and as Board Director of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM). He is also an active angel investor and advisor to several start-ups including Coupang, KiwiCo, Korbit, Merit, Noom, SoFi and Tapas.

Yoon Kim is currently CTO of SK Telecom, leading SKT’s R&D efforts including AI/Big Data, 5G and Cloud technologies. Yoon has been involved in the academic and commercial research and development of machine learning technologies and human-machine interfaces for the past 20 years. Prior to SK Telecom, he served as the Head of Speech Engineering at Apple, leading teams that build on-device and cloud-based speech technologies for Siri and Apple products. Most recently at Apple, he led Siri development for AirPods and HomePod. He joined Apple in 2013 through the acquisition of Novauris Technologies, a pioneer in mobile speech recognition technology, where he served as CEO. Prior to Novauris, he led two Silicon Valley startups and was a researcher at SRI International, the incubator of Siri’s original AI technology. Yoon holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Young-Han Kim is CEO of Gauss Labs. He came to the Board of Gauss Labs from a whiteboard on the UCSD campus.