On June 14, UNIST AI Graduate School signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CIEL Inc. for collaborative research and development in the area of AI-based mobility on demand (MOD).
Mobility on demand (MOD) is a new concept that enables consumers to access mobility services on demand by dispatching or using shared mobility, delivery services, and public transportation solutions through an integrated multi-modal network. The system not only decreases the total waiting time for passengers, but also maximizes its net profit.
The primary purpose of this MoU is to develop core technologies for AI-based mobility platforms and to launch a joint research center. Amid fierce international competition in the field of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, the two organizations will speed up the development and transfer of related technologies.
In the memorandum of understanding, the two organizations have pledged to further strengthen research capability and construct infrastructure with the aim of expanding their global research base. In particular, they promised to establish a joint research center, namely “MOD AI Research Center,” in an effort to penetrate domestic and global markets.
The signing ceremony has been attended by CEO Mu-Youl Park of Ciel Inc., Dean Sam H. Noh of UNIST AI Graduate School, Professor Sungahn Ko (Department of Computer Science and Engineering), Professor Jeong hwan Jeon (Department of Electrical Engineering), Professor Sung Whan Yoon (AI Graduate School), and key representatives from both organizations.
Meanwhile, Ciel Inc. is expanding its MOD technology into areas of self-driving services. Currently, CL is participating in two projects in the field of ‘self-driving service’ among innovative projects for multi-departmental joint autonomous driving technology development in 2021, and is currently developing a platform for self-driving MOD service with DIGIST.