National Chung Cheng University in collaboration with two universities in India have initiated the Indo-Taiwan Joint AI Research Center abroad

Published on Jan 23 2019

As the Indian authorities plans to build a hundred smart cities by 2020, the National Chung Cheng University (CCU) has seized the business potential, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar) and Chitkara University, collectively, to work on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) research for the future needs. Recently a CCU delegation group of ten people went to India to initiated the establishment of the “Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on AI” and formally stationed in South Asia! In the future, CCU and the two universities in India will share the research laboratory and co-facilitate the development of innovation and entrepreneurship between the Indo-Taiwan industry chains.

Each year, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Taiwan, in order to widen the nation’s Research and Development (R&D) capacity and its network, promotes the project of "Overseas Research and Technology Innovation Center", only giving out the approval to 6 applications. This time, after an intense competition, the plan to establish the "Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on Artificial Intelligence" from CCU was selected by MOST. Other projects crafted by competitive comrade universities such as the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) and National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) were also on the list. Dr. Shi-Ming Huang, Dean for the Office of Research and Development at CCU (CCU-ORD), addressed that the Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on AI will start with the buildups of a Joint AI Laboratory at IIT Ropar, an Innovation Incubation Center at Chitkara University, and the Joint International Programs on AI at both universities. Overall, by combining the outstanding capabilities in R&D (of IIT Ropar) and Industry-academia Collaboration (of Chitkara University) on AI Science and Technology, the CCU-ORD hopes to continuously deepen the cooperative relationship between CCU and the Indian academic communities.

At present, CCU has scheduled to host an international conference in February 2020 on networking and data analysis. The conference will be executed at the same time in both Taiwan and India, to effectively fortify the exchange of academic research findings from both sides. Dr. Pao-Ann Hsiung, Director of CCU Smart Living Research Center, pointed out that since the agriculture is still the major industry in India, in addition to the development of smart settings such as smart transportation and smart lights, which will require AI technology to help run the smart city, many students who once came to Taiwan to study have also expressed their wishes to apply Internet of Things (IoT) and AI technology, helping them to reduce the costs derived from the manpower and the agricultural production activities. That signifies other innovative potentials for AI development and implementation in India.

As to the story of initiating the overseas research center in India, Dr. Huang further commented that the two universities mentioned above were made contact with by CCU soon after the application was approved by MOST at the end of 2018, to immediately negotiate the potential joint plans. Till recent time, CCU has signed the agreement with three Taiwanese companies whom are interested in doing business in India. And in the coming future, the CCU Overseas Research Center will act as the Indo-Taiwan information exchange platform facilitator to provide relevant service to all engaged parties.

In terms of talent cultivation, Dr. Hsiung indicated that the first step is to provide the opportunity for Indian students to come to Taiwan for internship training. While learning along with CCU students, all learners thereafter are encouraged to brainstorm ideas or resolutions against AI problems raised by the industry. At the end of the learning sessions, these joint problem-solving processes then will be recorded, retained and transformed into teaching materials to found an international AI degree program to cultivate more AI talents whom are going to be needed by the industry.

Dr. Hsiung grew up in India. A professional who is praised highly by CCU and very familiar with Indian over its technology development, academic research environment, culture and market. Besides the current teaching background as a CCU professor of the department of Computer science and Information Engineering, Dr. Hsiung has also been awarded the honorary professor of Amity University in India, and has served as the Director of the Smart Technology Division in the Chiayi City Government in Taiwan in the past two years, due to his professional expertise on the application of smart technology for city development. CCU claimed that Dr. Hsiung with his extensive experience will definitely be the ideal facilitator to benefit the cooperation between CCU and the Indian authorities.

The CCU delegation visit to India took place in January 2019. It was led by Dr. Shi-Ming Huang (Dean of CCU-ORD), Dr. Hua-Fu Hsu (Dean of the office of International Affairs), Dr. Pao-Ann Hsiung (Director of the Smart Living Research Center), and Dr. She-I Chang (Dean of the College of Management) with other six fellow delegates. Dr. Huang marked the “Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on Artificial Intelligence” as a new beginning for academic exchanges between India and Taiwan, as well as a model for future academic cooperation with other international universities from different regions.