R&D Korea 2012 held at COEX in Seoul from June 28-30 has served as an opportunity to take a look at the major R&D outcomes and the latest technologies the Korean industrial technology sector has achieved.
Minister Hong Suk-woo of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE), Hwang Chang-kyu, chief of the MKE’s R&D Strategy Planning Office, and Lee Gi-seop, president of the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT), were among those on hand at a ceremony to open R&D Korea 2012, which kicked off on June 28 under the catchphrase “Sharing R&D Together for a World of Warm Heart”.
A total of 193 R&D execution organizations, including SMEs, large-sized companies, universities, and research institutes, participated in the exhibition, the third of its kind, which was hosted by the MKE and organized by KEIT. The exhibition, covering 10,000 m2 in size, was divided into six pavilions, including the Emotion Technology Hall, Convergence Technology Hall, Future Technology Hall, and Excellent Technology Hall.
The exhibitors showed off their latest products and technologies designed to promote people’s convenience and facilitate shared growth between SMEs and large-sized companies.
Among the eye-catching exhibits were a voice recognition software for a voice-activated mouse and keyboard for writing documents developed by the Electronics and Communications Research Institute; a smartphone payment technology with reinforced security developed by Won Co.; and a warning system against veering vehicles and collisions developed by Hyundai Mobis in cooperation with SMEs, an example of collaboration between small- and large-sized companies.
The Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) displayed a 3D computer tomography technology for scanning the inside of parts and components, a remarkable achievement of localizing the existing imports.
Korea R&D 2012 also coincided with the R&D Forum for Sharing Information for Co-prosperity, organized by KEIT with the goal of promoting collaboration and co-prosperity between large- and small-sized companies from June 28-29. The forum was divided into automobile (smart car/green car), robot, metal materials, bio, medical equipment, nano-convergence, software/mobile telecommunications, home network, information appliances, and knowledge service sessions.
Information on green car development strategies and responses, the trends of clean diesel vehicle technology development and the trends of green car standardization and certification was unveiled during the automobile session.
The robot session presented information on the applications of robots in heavy industries, the automobile and manufacturing industries, a technology development roadmap and the government plan to nurture the robot industry. The textile/clothes session unveiled information on ways of utilizing the new material, Poly Phenylene Sulfide (PPS), while the knowledge service session introduced application practices of the new value-added industry, “Big Data” in advanced countries, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and distribution logistics systems.
KEIT President Lee said now is the time for Korea to make massive investments into new industries and accelerate technology development. KEIT will strive to provide support to SMEs so that they can secure world-class technological strength through such forums of sharing information for co-prosperity.