"Albert Einstein", the latest Korean humanoid robot, was among dignitaries briefed at Korea´s exhibit, "Korean Nuclear Energy: Messenger of Happiness". The Republic of Korea is a regular exhibiter at the IAEA´s General Conference and the country´s exhibit this year emphasizes transferring Korean nuclear know-how to other countries.
Since becoming a founding Member State of the IAEA in 1957, Korea has shot into the top group of nuclear energy producers. Now with nearly 20 nuclear power plants in operation, Korea´s share of electricity production generated by nuclear has increased to 40%.
Korea´s nuclear expertise extends beyond power reactors and into other nuclear technological applications. Medical, environmental and biological fields are fast developing. Korea is now interested in switching its role from being a beneficiary of nuclear technology to being a provider of it – and sharing the "happiness" that nuclear technology can bring.
Korea has developed a leading edge in the following areas and is interested in collaboration:
- Wastewater treatment technology (specifically in the area of clean-up and purification of industrial wastewater in the textile dyeing industry);
- Early cancer detection and diagnosis (through the use of the Cyclotron KIRAM-13);
- Global positioning technology ( via the START mobile station); and
- Small-scale electricity generation and sea water desalination (through the Korean-developed SMART - System-integrated Modular Advanced Reactor multi-purpose small medium sized reactor).
Introductory remarks were delivered by the 137cm tall robot, "Albert Hubo" whose head was modelled after Albert Einstein. The humanoid robot was developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and has 31 motors behind its face allowing it to laugh, blink and even scowl. Hubo has quickly developed a following of his own - both nationally and internationally.
The Korean Nuclear International Cooperation Foundation (KONICOF), hosted of the exhibit, is charged with taking a leading role in nuclear technology transfer. Established by the presidents and representatives of various nuclear-related industries, research institutions and civil organization, KONICOF provides for the exchange of nuclear technology and information with advanced and developing countries.