The cultivation cradle for Taiwanese and Indian research talents, National Chung Cheng University unveiled its overseas AI research center for business

Published on Jul 27 2019

The research wave of artificial intelligence (AI) has swept across the globe, in response to the trend, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Taiwan actively promotes the New Southbound Policy and encourages academic institutions at home to increase technological exchanges abroad with the 18 countries in Southeast Asia targeted by the Policy. Recently, National Chung Cheng University (CCU) formed an alliance with the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar) and Chitkara University, and for the first time, to set up an office of the “Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on AI” in India. In the future, the two sides will collaboratively push forwards some national-levelled projects on science and technology, as well execute the research and development missions on key industrial techniques, to deepen the bilateral cooperative relationship between Taiwan and India.

The CCU team led by Dr. Shi-Ming Huang, Dean for the Office of Research and Development (ORD), and Dr. Pao-Ann Hsiung, Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, went to IIT Ropar to partake the unveiling ceremony for the coordination office of the “Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on AI”. CCU said that MOST in recent years has been making efforts to promote the project of "Overseas Research and Technology Innovation Center" and only gives out the approval to 6 applications each year. Fortunately, CCU’s “Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on AI” was one of them. Since MOST has recognized the significance of this collaboration between Taiwan and India, the Deputy Minister Yu-Chin Hsu of MOST has also attended the unveiling ceremony personally to witness the official opening of the joint Center.

At the ceremony, Dr. Huang expressed that in 2018, India’s external trade growth increased by 18%, that has made it the world’s sixth largest economy and one of the fastest growing emerging economies in the world. With its comparatively better developed telecommunications and software related industries, India has attracted many Taiwanese business owners to invest in the country. After the Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on AI was well established in India, the joint Center will become the largest platform for academia-industrial cooperation between Taiwan and India that welcomes business parties and technology research units from either country to station at. Currently, there are two Indian companies, and 6 Taiwanese companies such as Far East Machinery Group, Foxconn, and Nanliu Enterprise, etc. are interested in joining in.

Recently, CCU has been actively working with local bamboo industry in Taiwan for the solution of bamboo waste treatment. The ideal method will turn bamboo waste materials into bamboo charcoal first, then use the charcoal to further develop various products for water purification and poultry houses deodorization. Dr. Huang also disclosed that in the future, once the bamboo charcoal technology has been finalized, it will be taken to India to help solve problems such as water pollution. During the ceremony, the two sides have also reached an agreement that an Indian team will visit Taiwan in August 2019 to sign a cooperation agreement with CCU to co-work on the development of bamboo industry in South Asia.

India has more than 1.3 billion people, so talents cultivation is definitely an area worth paying extra attention to. CCU claimed that from the 106th school year till the first semester of the 108th, the number of Indian student enrollments grew from 21 to 75, with a growth rate of 257%. As for the talent cultivation, in order to promote transnational cooperation, research projects, short-term internship programs, mutual exchange of teachers and students, facilitating the demand-supply needs for teachers and students from both countries, providing bilateral technique assistance, etc., the joint Center has planned to make arrangement for more Indian students to go to Taiwan for training and study. Thus, it will enhance the research energy from both sides as well as to fulfill the need for more research manpower in AI industry.

CCU further addressed that in the days to come, the Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on AI will even set up a research laboratory focusing on AI-Finance innovation technology, an entrepreneurship center and an international degree program. CCU believed that this can uplift the tasks over academic research, academia-industrial cooperation and talents cultivation, between Taiwan and India, to enter upon a brand-new phase.