Prof. Chen Tiantian received NRF Award – 2024 Outstanding Young Scientist Grant Program



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We are thrilled to announce that Professor Chen Tiantian has been awarded the National Research Foundation (NRF)’s award under the 2024 Outstanding Young Scientist Grant Program.

Professor Chen’s groundbreaking approach is essential in addressing the urgent societal challenge posed by a rapidly aging population.

Congratulations to Professor Chen Tiantian on this remarkable achievement!


Program: 2024 Outstanding Young Scientist Grant Program
Title: Empowering Mobility for a Smart Aging Society: Development and Testing of Large Language Model-Based Driver Assistance Agent
Funder: NRF
Funding: 400 million won
Project Year: 2024-2027
Project Manager: Dr. Chen Tiantian


As South Korea is projected to become the world’s most aging country by 2045, addressing the increase in elderly-related traffic incidents is crucial. Between 2016 and 2020, traffic accidents involving elderly drivers rose from 86,304 to 114,795, with those over 75 facing a mortality rate four times the average.

This project, led by Dr. Chen, aims to revolutionize elderly mobility through an innovative Large Language Model (LLM)-based driver warning system. Unlike conventional in-vehicle systems, this personalized, LLM-driven solution adapts to the individual needs of drivers, significantly enhancing road safety. By integrating smart aging technology, this research not only promises a significant reduction in traffic accidents but also empowers the elderly to maintain their independence, boosting their confidence and quality of life.