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VIPP Hosts E-Gov Special Training Program for Korean Government Officials

Published: Friday, 05 Jan 2018
Author: VIPP
Department: Visiting International Professional Program

In December 2017, VIPP hosted a special training program on how to construct future-oriented intelligent e-government. Participants in the program included 7 Korean government officials; 3 from Ministry of the Interior and Safety, 1 from Ministry of Science and ICT, 1 from Ministry of Strategy and Finance, 1 from Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, and 1 from Korea Internet Security Agency. They took part in lectures by MSU professors including Dr. Mark Wilson, as well as practitioners in Lansing and in Washington DC. The group also visited 7 key places relevant to the program.

At the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, the 7 Delegations were truly welcomed by Director and CIO Dave DeVries and 13 staff members, who reviewed key administrative and technical services focusing on IT services, retirement services and procurement, and e-services to citizens.

The delegation stands with Director and CIO Dave Devries

Director Erik Goodman and Associate Director Charles Ofria talked about an evolution of "digital organisms" in artificial computer environments, and how to apply evolutionary principles to solve real-world problem at the MSU BEACON Center.



Eric Goodman stands next to the MSU BEACON logo with the 7 delegates

Director Noel Nevshehir talked about Automation Alley's mission, which is to position Southeast Michigan as a global leader in Industry 4.0 by helping the industry keep up to speed with rapid technological changes in manufacturing.



Flags from all over the world are displayed as Noel Nevshehir speaks to the group.

At the Department of Transportation, Director Kenneth Leonard introduced intelligent transportation systems portfolio including the connected vehicle and the smart cities. The delegations were also connected via conference call to Eddie Curtis, Engineer in Federal Highway Administration, who was in Atlanta for his business trip, to have a chance to learn about a specific technology: automated transportation signal performance measures.



Director Ken Leonard lead the discussion with the delegation at DoT

A group leader, Mr. Jung, Jong Ill (Deputy Director, Ministry of the Interior and Safety) commented "We learned from this workshop that AI and Big Data can contribute not only to an innovation of industry including autonomous vehicle, but also to solve the social problem such as digital crime, invasion of privacy, and population aging issue." He also added "Special thanks to professor Kiwon Kang who designed and implemented such a wonderful program."
Mr. Seong Hwan Kim from Ministry of Science and ICT mentioned, "We are very impressed by emphasizing a social science aspect and an importance of communication among stakeholders in the emerging technology.  We also learned about the leadership of U.S. government officials to set up policies regarding Industry 4.0."



The delegation poses in front of the White House in Washington DC

The VIPP program was very successful and insightful for the participants. By bringing together two nations and their experiences we can hope for continuous collaboration and development in the future.