Anchor: South Korea and the United States will each inject three million dollars over three years to collaborate on the development of robotic technologies for disaster response. Researchers from the two nations will form project-based teams to work in areas such as human-robot interaction.
Our Kim In-kyung has more.
Report: South Korea and the United States will spend a total of six million dollars over the next three years to jointly develop robotic technologies for disaster response.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said it held a kick-off meeting for the program with the U.S. Department of Defense in Seoul Tuesday.
The project is a follow-up to an agreement signed between the Trade Ministry and the U.S. Defense Department in April last year. Over three years, the two countries will each inject one million dollars into the project annually.
Stephen Welby, U.S. assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, who led the U.S. delegation at the meeting, said disaster response and humanitarian support are socially important issues in both South Korea and the United States. He said the joint research will greatly contribute to the development of robotic technologies in the two nations.
The Trade Ministry's Director General for System Industry Kim Jeong-hwan said the uses of robotic technologies are expanding in various fields including manufacturing. He said the technologies will play an important role during disasters especially in areas that are hard to reach by humans.
The two nations will collaborate on six projects in three areas, including human-robot interaction. The projects include the design and control of robots that can be used during disasters, the development of disaster recognition technology and the development of robotic skin that can expand and contract.
Robotics experts from Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Seoul National University will take part in the project. Researchers from the two nations will form project-based teams.
Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News.