Seminar on the 4th Industrial Revolution & International Forum on Living Lab


On December 9 2020, FNF Korea organized two seminars – one on AI and the other on Living Lab, together with the Korea Local Information Research & Development Institute (KLID) and the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). Titled as “AI Experts Roundtable,” the first program was the final instalment of a series of seminars on the 4th Industrial Revolution. And it is followed by the international forum on “Living Lab for Social Innovation and Citizens' Engagement”, as an opening for the next series of seminars on Living Lab in 2021.

Professor Jong-kyu Kim from the University of Ulsan moderated the seminar, which took place in the form of a talk show: Korean experts in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) answered questions from government officials and participants interested in not just artificial intelligence but also smart cities and data privacy. These questions were gathered prior to the seminar through the pre-registration process. Among the panellists were Seung-jae Jeon, an attorney at Barun Law Firm, Seung-nyeo Son, the manager of the Intelligent Transport Society of Korea, and Yong-kwan Yoon, the head of Dark Trace.

The most popular questions were not technical. Instead, they focused on the extent to which smart cities can affect human life. It was time to think about how local governments could use AI to implement better services and policies. As the last part of the seminar series on the 4th Industrial Revolution held in 2020, this seminar communicated with viewers in real-time, discussed freely with its participants, and dealt with artificial intelligence's overall contents.

In the second program on “Living Lab for Social Innovation and Citizens' Engagement” Young Tae Cho, manager of the LH Smart City Research Center moderated the session in which speakers from Europe and Taiwan gave their presentations. Koen Vervoort and Fernando Vilariño of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) delivered the first presentation, "ENoLL's view on living lab and Community." Vervoort and Vilariño provided a detailed explanation on living labs. This included the significant concepts and mechanisms that can enable an inclusive social innovation and an understanding of how living labs as a citizen-driven mechanism can respond to urban challenges in a more agile way.

Then, Belinda Chen of the Institute for Information Industry (III) presented, "How living labs responded to the COVID-19 challenges - case of Taiwan." With successful examples from Taiwan, the audience took home lessons on how private and public sectors can work together towards open innovation under the East Asian context. The presentation also showed how people can overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic by using technology to actively engage citizens.

Above two programs were live-streamed on YouTube. In line with the COVID-19 restrictions, only the organizing staff was allowed onsite. However, most of the 350 pre-registered audiences followed the seminar in real time via the livestream on YouTube. The virtual audience actively participated in the seminar by using the chatroom to ask the experts many questions and to join in on the discussion.

AI Experts Roundtable (Korean)

Living Lab for Social Innovation and Citizens' Engagement (English)

Living Lab for Social Innovation and Citizens' Engagement (Korean)