UNIST and Ulsan Metropolitan City have embarked on an effort to successfully promote the Digital New Deal in Ulsan region.
On February 4, a ceremony to mark the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNIST and Ulsan Metropolitan City took place at the AI Innovation Park, located in Duwang-dong, Nam-gu, Ulsan. Under this partnership, both organizations have pledged mutual cooperation for the successful promotion of major projects that will drive digital innovation in Ulsan.
The three major projects include the operation and management of the AI Innovation Park, the Graduate School of Semiconductor Materials and Devices Engineering and its innovation group, as well as the Industrial Accident-Specialized Smart Healthcare Research Center. Both organizations plan to strengthen support for industries and foster professional manpower for the promotion of these projects.
The ‘Ulsan-UNIST AI Innovation Park’ is a project, designed to help facilitate the use of AI, one of the core technologies driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) across sectors and regions. It recently held an official launching ceremony cum briefing session on January 12, 2021. Their aim is to build a regional innovation ecosystem, leading to education, research, and entrepreneurship based on AI and Big Data.
Scheduled to open in September 2021, the Graduate School of Semiconductor Materials and Devices Engineering aims to foster the semiconductor industry in cooperation with local companies in Ulsan region. Through technological advancement, it plans to help local SMEs in the fine chemical sector transition into the semiconductor industry, a key driver of innovation in the digital age.
The Industrial Accident-Specialized Smart Healthcare Research Center is a project, promoted for research and manpower training in the areas of rehabilitation and treatment. It plans to research original technologies, aimed at better treating occupational injuries through the use of cutting-edge technology and medical advances in the field of healthcare, such as AI, robotic surgery, genomes, and 3D printing. This includes cultivation of experts in each field.
The signing ceremony of MoU between UNIST and Ulsan Metropolitan City was accompanied by a progress report on the major New Deal projects and a proposal of strategic plans to foster manufacturing innovation clusters at the national level. The ceremony has been attended by Mayor Chul-ho Song of Ulsan Metropolitan City, UNIST President Yong Hoon Lee, and Dean Dong Sub Kim in the College of Information-Bio Convergence Engineering at UNIST.