On October 7, Gwangju Mayor LEE Yong-sup visited the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in California, USA, to discuss ways for Gwangju and PARC to cooperate in technology. He took a picture with PARC vice-president Markus LARSSON, and Dr. KIM Moon-joo. (October 8, 2019)Gwangju Mayor LEE Yong-sup visited Builders Venture Capital (Builders VC) in Silicon Valley, California, USA, and signed an MOU between Gwangju Metropolitan City and Builders VC for technology cooperation. (October 8, 2019)On October 7th, Gwangju Mayor LEE Yong-sup visited PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) in Silicon Valley, California, and toured the center after signing an MOU on technological cooperation. (October 8, 2019)Public officials and JEONG Jiseong, CEO of SOS LAB Co., Ltd., continuing their discussion after the special lecture and meeting at the corporate university of artificial intelligence held at Gwangju city hall. (September 20, 2019)
| Visit to Silicon Valley October 6-11
| Signed MOU with world leader in computer communication PARC, and Builders VC
| Collaborate on artificial intelligence & promote benchmarking with local research institutes and Silicon Valley companies
| “Incorporate Silicon Valley in to Gwangju-type job model … Supports efforts to be fourth leading nation in AI”
○ Gwangju Visits Silicon Valley for AI Technology Cooperation
The move to build ‘Gwangju-type AI Business Model’ is rapidly emerging as a new future growth engine for Gwangju.
Gwangju Mayor LEE Yong-sup visited Silicon Valley October 6-11 for benchmarking and cooperation in AI technology. Mayor LEE has stressed that “Gwangju lacks industry, and the fourth industrial revolution offers the only breakthrough, with artificial intelligence at its core.” He is seeking investors by signing MOUs with Silicon Valley Builders VC and PARC.
The visit to Silicon Valley, accompanied by representatives of eight local small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups, aims to draw up a detailed blueprint and vision for “Artificial Intelligence Central City Gwangju.” The three-day stay in Silicon Valley planned to visit predominant research institutes and venture capital centers related to artificial intelligence, to sign technical agreements or MOUs to establish investment networks and seek specific methods to cooperate in the future.
On October 8th and 9th local time, they met AI experts, including James Randy Moulic, dean of New York University and lawyer for IBM’s exclusive patent law firm Hunter Webb, and Oliver King-Smith, AI algorithm expert, to share opinions on the development of the artificial intelligence industry. They will continue to visit representative enterprises and start-ups in Silicon Valley, such as Google headquarters, AI drone company ASW, and Stanford University, to see the current state of the fourth industrial revolution and AI technology development.
Gwangju Mayor LEE Yong-sup said: “By benchmarking the success of Silicon Valley, Gwangju can succeed with its Gwangju-type AI Model. Gwangju will soon become a hub for Korea to leap forward as the fourth leading nation in artificial intelligence”
○ ’Gwangju, representative city in artificial intelligence’, is on the starting line!
Gwangju intends to accelerate towards becoming a representative city in artificial intelligence.
Gwangju Metropolitan City aims to advance as a future-oriented city by proactively fostering the artificial intelligence industry of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Gwangju is making special efforts in the artificial intelligence industry by setting up a goal to create future food through the creation of an industrial ecosystem and selecting the artificial intelligence industrial convergence complex as a government exemption project.
Gwangju prepared its blueprint and vision of ‘Gwangju Artificial Intelligence Representative City’; and formed the ‘Gwangju Artificial Intelligence City Promotion Committee’ to develop strategies, with the first meeting held on September 23rd. The committee appointed as co-chairs Mayor LEE Yong-sup, and KIM Moon-joo, Gwangju AI technical advisor, great Silicon Valley inventor and world-renowned in supercomputing, in addition to appointing as vice-chairman LEE Chang-han, former Ministry of Science head of planning and coordination, ICT and Future Planning.
The Committee prepared a separate office at the Gwangju Information and Culture Industry Promotion Agency for the vision and strategy establishment of Gwangju as the representative city of artificial intelligence in Korea in order to build the Gwangju-type business model.
Moreover, for the creation of ‘Gwangju, the representative city of artificial intelligence,’ the city is taking an active attitude toward understanding artificial intelligence and combining it with jobs by holding a special lecture and meeting at a corporate university.
The meeting on September 20th had around 50 attendees including Mayor LEE Yong-sup, corporate university members, and employees interested in AI, and followed the special lecture by JEONG Jiseong, CEO of SOS LAB Co., Ltd., a thematic presentation by SHIN Jaewook, chief of New Town Development Division and corporate university member, and discussion between members.
Under the theme of ‘Global LIDAR Technology Trends and AI’, CEO JEONG Jiseong introduced LIDAR technology concept and trends, a key component of future self-driving cars, and explained how artificial intelligence can be applied and used in the field. Chief SHIN Jaewook presented on ‘The City and AI’, spoke on behalf of public officials, and introduced domestic and international examples of AI cities, stressing the need to create a residential environment where creative people gather. He commented: “In terms of urban planning, we need to create an artificial intelligence ecosystem by utilizing space in Gwangju, such as military airport sites and old industrial complexes.”
Gwangju City is planning to actively utilize its corporate university system to enhance its understanding of artificial intelligence as well as actively support the vision and blueprint of ‘Gwangju Artificial Intelligence Representative City’