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Interview with Dr.-Ing.Mun Sang Kim, Director of Center for Intelligent Robotics, KIST

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# please introduce the Center for Intelligent Robotics(CIR) briefly.

As part of the Frontier R&D program sponsored by Ministry of Knowledge Economy began in 2003 and has been supervised by Korea Institute of Science and Technology. At the time of CIR establishment, yet the research base and industry in Korea deungeseon was noticeable after 10 years in the field of intelligent robots for the formation of new industries, starting with government efforts was The project cost about 10 billion per year and 10 years of long term research and development between the country of origin, as well as hard to find in the world of research and development projects is very challenging. Korea’s industrial structure through which social and competitive intelligence robot considering a new industry research and development system for creating and ultimately secured pole-based research and development, industrialization ranging system is the main objective will be to secure.

# Please tell me about the major research projects of your center.

The human brain that corresponds to the knowledge of intelligent robots – Intelligent Systems, which corresponds to the senses, vision, speech technology, applied technology, and specialization of the robot, these technologies can be used in practical service robot technology for integrated global competitiveness that is the primary goal. Based on this new robot industry, education and silver to help support their taedongdoel new commercialization model presented in the field and through the application of a variety of companies to demonstrate practical techniques that can be used to provide a second major project useful and Wed can.

# Please tell us CIR representative robots and about their key functions & features.

There are total of five representative robots. Made recently to commercializing targeted elderly care and English mobile autonomous robot that is being used as educational SILBOT (ENGKEY) and face robot developed for guidance and performances are MERO. And a meal for errands and washing service helper robot ‘CIROS’ and shows the master, the people also recently been spotlighted MC keyboard is a robot. That could be used as household robots SILBOT (ENGKEY) smaller version of the mini-ENGKEY are ahead of the release.

# Tell us about MOU conclusion between CIR and City of Helsinki Finland & Denmark Aarhus, the scope and objectives?

Watch the last countries in February 2011 with the MOU signed in late 2011 the two countries have dementia in the elderly care center in charge of training a pilot installation and operation of the robot with the aim has been signed. The robot system has been operating successfully completed a recent full-scale service robot business in Europe are preparing for entry into a situation that is secondary. The significance of this project an excellent social infrastructure of the Nordic Center of the successful application of intelligent robots, and ultimately the local joint ventures and public service projects through the European service robot that is a stepping stone to preempt the market is dee . The current performance of the business has been recognized from the joint venture established in Denmark and the secondary effect, such as business discussions are underway.

# Intoduce the CIR 16th workshop for Tech Exchange held successfully from last August 24 to 26 in Goseong City, Gangwon Province.

Frontier Post (after the completion of Agency) for the former Center researchers involved in the direction of the heated discussion of the 16th technical exchange workshops conducted eight years of progress up the back passage to see every detail by technology, the technology in the future to achieve further development and commercialization necessary for network-based and has been an opportunity to bond more. In conclusion, Korea is based on the experience of Frontier Center for Free Next-generation robots to build R & D ecosystem and resulted in a heated discussion in progress, the situation is the government proposal. Not satisfied with the current business built through this project in the field of intelligent robots to ensure continued competitiveness is part of our effort.

# Tell us about the English Teaching Robot selected as one of the BEST 50 Inventions 2010 by TIME magazine.

Last December 2009 debuted the world’s first robot teacher of English secondary school students teaching elementary school in Daegu, Masan and is applied to the actual students and teachers using a robot, has earned a great response to the parents. The robot to perform the role of native education is achieved in two formats. First, the remote operation of cheap native of the Philippines in the form of education to the Native adjustments as your robot avatar is a form of communicating with your child. Another form of intelligent robots using their own words and sentences to complete happiness and fun through the review are carried out additional training. This is America, Europe, Asia, India and other foreign media, and innovative education solutions to professionals received recognition, robotic systems and a variety of curriculum supplement and upgrade the current is very creative and future-oriented business model has evolved. This year, the international exhibition and national education through collaboration with suppliers may be accepted in the market is expected to complete the commercialization model.

# Please give your message to KSME members regarding the Intelligent robotics R&D.

Intelligent robot technology machinery, electronics, computers, artificial intelligence, sensor fusion technology is a variety of disciplines. Through this fusion did not exist before the creation of new services and provide new engines of growth for existing industries in the sense that it is a very important technology. For this reason, the government of intelligent robots in the future to feed our country are embracing next-generation growth engine. In intelligent robot mechanical robot technology is to give substance and practical aspects of enabling services are the most important part. Nation for the automotive, marine and mechanical technology based mobile phones, games, information and communication technologies to support industry, and recently led the semiconductor industry, nanotechnology is a very strong country. As a country with such intelligent infrastructure services industry than any other country in the world, has a competitive advantage that can not be harmed. Personally, I shocked the world in recent wave of entertainment in the area of ​​wind reproduced believe that intelligent robots. We have people with passion and creativity based on the new robot industry will use it a lot of young students and researchers hope to join.

# Your future plans and goal of the center, please tell us about.

Agency in March next year before the end of the 10 years developing the core technologies and intelligent robots represent robots and to spread abroad to the business model is sprinting. This year, for the second year in Special Education elder care robot and robot pilot projects conducted in Europe and it is based on intelligent robots in the domestic and European companies for sale, co-founded and is being pursued. The remaining period of the future based on technology developed so far are looking forward to a variety of commercially made. Center for Frontier’s efforts so far, and its built-Based Intelligent Robot R & D for future domestic and 2018 to build the ecosystem in order to realize a robot powerhouse Korea will make a substantial contribution.




Robots help elderly

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Anchor: In Århus has a group of robots invaded a senior center. They shall improve the elderly ability to focus and their memory. A whole new industry within the welfare system, where robots can replace people.Speaker: Silbot looks like something from Star Wars, but if it works as intended, the woman here will improve her memory. Aarhus municipal has made a collaboration with a robot development company from Korea. They want to see if the robots can be used for memory stimulation in the Danish welfare sector.

Annelise Vestergaard, retired: There is no doubt that it is coming. We are more and more elderly and this is probably the future.

Speaker: After the initial tries it is looking prosperous.
Birgitte Halle, occupational therapist: To begin with they weren’t that focused on the exercises, but now they are using the brain programs every time they come here.

Speaker: Here is Silbot first taking a route on the checkered floor. Afterwards the participants needs to guide it trough the same pattern and that is actually not that easy.

Birgitte Halle: Here it is necessary to be completely focused and I can see in the everyday life that it is good to practice being focused on some specific things.

Journalist: So it has an effect in the everyday life?
Birgitte Halle: I am convinced that it does.

Speaker: Here it is a program where the participants both needs to remember numbers and follow a specific rhythm.

Journalist: Do you think it is usable?
Olaf Christensen, retired: Yes I believe it can. I have experienced that I get better at remembering numbers and such.

Speaker: In the municipal they are convinced that there will be more robots in the welfare sector.

Jacob Bundsgaard, mayor of Aarhus: We need to make some difficult priorities with our limited resources. And this is a relatively cheap way to conduct a targeted training and then we will use resources that are released due to this in areas where we can’t just use technology.

Speaker: Some of the participants even think that the robots can help them to gain a more worthy life if they were to become handicapped in the future.

Annelise Vestergaard: Just to go to the toilet would be horrible if I couldn’t do it by myself. I would really appreciate if there were some technologies that could help me in such a situation.

Anchor: the trial will run until February.

From TV2 News

Robots for the elderly came to entertainers

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Robots for the elderly came to entertainers – YLE TV NewsReal life or really crazy fantasy? That was the question in the demonstration of Korean robots. The purpose of the big eyes and funny hats of the new nurses of Kustaankarto Elder Care Center is to soften the anxiety caused by the cold technology.

“It is partly related to the Asian culture, but also to the fact that they would not look scary. These are really friendly looking –and there is always fears related to technology”
SILBOT: “Left hand to the side, right hand to the side”

The Korean technicians can hardly cope with the gymnastic robot exercise that improves memory and movement.

SILBOT: “Isn’t it a bit challenging? I know you can do it!”

The elderly people think that the games are both interesting and tiring. For the weakest ones they have been definitely too much.

“It takes an awful lot of concentration -and that indeed.”

The robot that the residents have named “egg man” costs only 10 000 dollars – a lot less than for example one year’s salary of a nurse.

According to the Director of the Department of Social Services it is not about savings nor will the human beings be replaced by the machines. The diminishing staff is simply needed to the direct nursing work.

“This is one considerable way to see how we can free our staff to do other tasks with the elderly if robots can for example entertain them and organize program.”

There are also suspicious voices.
“Is there a concern that little by little human being will get replaced with this kind electronic of toys?”

“I am afraid that it is the future. But if it helps us old people to keep our memory and to remember things let us accept also the robots.”

From YLE TV News

Robots shall help elderly and children in Aarhus

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Robots shall help elderly and children in Aarhus

Is it possible to prevent bad memory and dementia by training?
And is it possible that robots will take over some of the education in elementary school?
That is some of the questions that Aarhus municipal wishes to answer.The municipal has therefore entered into a robot collaboration with Korea Institute of Science and Technology. Until the middle of February 2012 a group of elderly citizens at Rehabiliteringscentret Vikærgården in Risskov will participate in a test with robots. It is also part of the plan to test the robots in elementary schools in Aarhus – among other things as a help in education children with ADHD.In November 2010 Aarhus municipal were on a study trip to Korea, and at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) they were presented to robots that could help in English education where pronunciation of foreign language, like in Denmark, is a challenge.

“In Aarhus municipal, we are very interested in seeing and hearing about how robots can supplement and improve the technologies that we are already using in special education “ says Børn og Unge-rådmand Kristian Würtz (S) (he is a politician from  the municipal)

“An interesting aspect is also whether the robots can engage in a Danish educational situation, where dialog and active participation is the main focus.”

Test at Vikærgården
Robots are also usable in elderly care and until the middle of February 2012 a group of elderly will participate in a test at Vikærgården.
There are two classrooms, where 36 participants will follow the education for the next 12 weeks. It is all in Danish so the language doesn’t present a barrier, but if technical problems arise, a Korean technician is present.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to involve citizens in Aarhus in working with robots and making them more comfortable with the new technology” says Ældre-rådmand Dorthe Laustsen.

from Aarhus Stiftstidende

Robots to help the city’s children and elderly

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Robot care: The future home helper might be called KIST and be a robot.Robots to help the city’s children and elderly

Yesterday Aarhus municipal and Korea Institute for Science and Technology entered into a robot collaboration. Right now the city elderly are testing how robots can train memory and brain.
Rehabiliteringshuset Vikærgården in Risskov does not look like something from the future.
It is a variation of a building seen countless times before in Denmark.
Inside there is a different and more futuristic atmosphere. Here two neatly dressed South Korean robots are performing Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
The show is part of an intention. Aarhus municipal wants to embrace the new technology and the opportunities it creates. Yesterday an official robot collaboration between Korea Institute for Science and Technology (KIST) and the municipal was entered.
The Korean guests and the Danish partners signed a so called letter of intent. A group of elderly citizens will until the middle of February participate in a test med the robots at Vikærgården.
They want to find out if it possible to prevent memory loss and dementia by training.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to involve citizens in Aarhus in working with robots and making them more comfortable with the new technology” says Ældre-rådmand Dorthe Laustsen.


One exercise for example is that the robot called Silbot runs a route on a black and white checkered surface and then a participant has to take the same route.
The system can detect errors and the robot can provide instructions and encouragement like “You are doing brilliantly”.  The 77 year old Ole Jørgensen is participating in the project.
This is his fourth visit toVikærgården to exercise with the robots.

“It is very interesting with the new technology. I guess we have to get used to the fact that the robots are coming, and if they can  make you smarter and improve your memory, then that is nice,” says Ole Jørgensen.

He points out that it is not everything he wants help from a robot to do.

“I would like to avoid a robot that should take personal care.”

Whether or not the robots have helped improve his concentration or memory, it is still too early to say, according to him. In Korea they are making a big scientific test to determine its effect.

At KIST they expect to have the results in January. Børn og Unge rådmand Kristian Würtz (S) was also present yesterday. He is interested in using the robots in elementary school. Here they want to test if the robots can be an aid in the education of students with ADHD and other special social challenges.

Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard (S) calls the technology “welfare technology” and predicts it a bright future.

“Welfare technology will in the future become a much more visible and integrated part of our work and everyday life” he says.

In addition the mayor hopes that involvement in the new technology can create more jobs in the city.

“Welfare technology presents an unique possibility to develop a new business area, and here Denmark and Aarhus has a very strong starting point. By doing this test we are already now building bridge between technology and the citizens and thereby create the necessary security” says Jacob Bundsgaard.

from JP Aarhus