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Kyungpook National University (KNU) announced on June 26 that it was finally selected as a performer of '2018 Bio-Robot Medical Convergence Project for AI.' Professor Park Il-hyoung of KNU (Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Director of Medical Robotics Research Institute) is the general manager of the business. For the next five years, Korean government will provide 4.8 billion won government funding to develop bone endoscopic surgery robots.
The 'Bio-Robot Medical Convergence Project for Artificial Intelligence' is a bureaucratic project supported through collaboration between government ministries such as Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Ministry of Science and ICT, Ministry of Health and Welfare, and Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. It supports the development of new concept of medical convergence technology that integrates core technology of the fourth industrial revolution such as artificial intelligence and robot technology into the medical industry.
KNU will develop an AI-based diagnosis technology and a minimally invasive surgical robot for the precise treatment of vascular bone diseases. Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), Orthotech, and Deepnoid participate in the project.
Professor Park said, "Through this project, new treatment techniques will be introduced to diagnose and treat bone diseases with endoscopes. When a bony endoscopic surgical robot is developed, skin incision of about 1 cm can minimize scarring, and the patient's recovery period can be significantly shortened, which can greatly reduce medical expenses. Especially, it is expected that we will be able to create high added value by pioneering related market by developing for the first time in the world."