Tue, Jul 31, 2007 - Page 12 News List

NTU, III launch ICT research center

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

The Institute for Information Industry (III, 資策會) and National Taiwan University launched a new research center yesterday to collaborate on innovation in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector with the aim of creating "a second Google."

In a time of fierce global competition among the ICT industry, it's important for academia and business sector to work together to bring out the cutting-edge technologies and innovations, Chen Ming-syan (陳明憲), the institute's chief executive officer, said on the sidelines of the ceremony.

The founders of Google started innovating in university, Chen said, adding that the National Taiwan University was capable of achieving the same kind of success in ICT innovation.

The institute will work mostly with the university's College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science -- which has more than 200 professors and 2,500 students -- in fields such as digital contents, multimedia, wireless sensor networks, data-mining, long-distance medical care, chip design and user interface development, officials said.

Both the university and the institute's researchers have started working on a number of projects, including Internet TV and interface design, Chen said.

"So someday everyone will get to watch [Taiwanese pitcher] Wang Chien-ming (王建民) pitch on the Internet, probably using their cellphones," he said.

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