NTU HIGHLIGHTS April 2018  
     
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New Joint Center to Promote AI Technology and AI Biomedicine


NTU and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) held a press conference at the university Administration Building to announce the official launch of the MOST Joint Research Center for Artificial Intelligence Technology and All Vista Healthcare at NTU on January 31.

During the press conference, NTU Interim President Tei-Wei Kuo and Director Youn-Long Lin of the MOST Program Office of AI Innovation Research joined a party of VIPs toformally open the new joint center, which will be based on the NTU campus.

The VIPs in attendance included Profs. Hsin-Hsi Chen and Li-Chen Fu of the NTU Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, who will serve as the joint center’s director and co-director, respectively. Prof. Chen will manage the AI Technology Sub-Center, while Prof. Fu will be in charge of the All Vista Healthcare Sub-Center. The two sub-centers are units of MOST’s AI Innovation Research Center.

The current development and application of AI technology is attracting worldwide attention and discussion. MOST, a ministry of the Executive Yuan, is vigorously promoting the AI Innovation Research Program as one its five major action plans for AI scientific research in Taiwan.

The joint center will coordinate cooperation across multiple sectors and fields, bringing together industry, government, and academia, as well as workon research and medicine. Domestically, the joint center aims to expand the nation’s AI research capacity by nurturing high-level research and development personnel, strengthening the AI industry, and promoting research accomplishments that facilitate social and economic development.

Internationally, the joint center expects that through fostering the publication of high-quality papers, participation in smart technology competitions, and coordination of international conferences, it will create a world-class development platform for AI application materials and technologies, and strengthen Taiwan’s global influence.

Through this platform, the joint center also aims to boost the development and validation of various AI applications in biomedical sciences. Using advanced AI technology, the joint center plans to lead local biomedical teams to raise the level of biomedical sciences in Taiwan. Moreover, it will striveto benefit people’s health through AI-aided disease assessment and monitoring, disease prevention, patient-centric medical systems, and personalized precision medicine.

Furthermore, the joint center hopes to establish a robust international research cluster focused on AI applications in biomedical sciences to introduce Taiwan’s outstanding medical achievements to the world through the growing AI trend.