SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, January 28, 2019 — The Seoul Research Institute of Public Health and Environment and the Seoul Institute of Technology makes a research exchange agreement on January 28 to handle urban environmental problems, such as fine dusts. Based on the agreement, the two Institutes will implement research together on technologies to improve air quality and reduce fine dust for public health and safety, and also exchange research to develop smart technologies for sustainable water resources, energy management, and the management of environmentally friendly roads.
The Seoul Research Institute of Public Health and Environment is a research institute that inspects and analyzes the city’s air quality, water quality of the Hangang River and its branches, and also confirms diagnoses of communicable diseases. It combines the domain of health and environment. The Seoul Institute of Technology is the first research institute that specializes in the area of technology and science set up by a local government. Established in March 2018, the institute aims at dealing the city’s urban problems through the convergence and practical application of source technology.
The Director of the Seoul Institute of Technology said, “With signing this MOU, we expect a great synergy effect between the Seoul Institute of Technology and the Seoul Research Institute of Public Health and Environment based on both institutes’ research experts, data and new technologies. It will, for sure, make a huge contribution to making Seoul a healthy, safe and sustainable city through such intimate cooperation.”
The agreement includes details on mutual cooperation including; 1) mutual exchange of research personnel, information and technology, 2) joint research and development for solving urban problems, 3) experiment and substantiation of joint research and development achievements, 4) mutual exchange of seminars on technology, academic reference, publications, knowledge, and the like.
The Director of the Seoul Research Institute of Public Health and Environment expected that “Innovative alternatives that can change the lives of the citizens will be developed, based on our research and analysis data on health and environment accumulated for the last 74 years along with the history of Seoul, as well as the latest technology such as Big Data and AI from the Seoul Institute of Technology,” adding in a determined tone that they will “actively cooperate with the objective to make Seoul a safe and pleasant city.”