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Executive Yuan names recipients of annual science and technology awards

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Executive Yuan has selected three academics as the winners of the 2007 Executive Yuan Outstanding Contribution in Science and Technology Awards, government officials said yesterday.

The three winners are Frank Wu (吳豐敏), research fellow at the National Space Organization; Cheng Ching-wei (鄭經偉), professor at the Department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering of National Chung Hsing University in Taichung City; and Chiang Ann-shyn (江安世), professor at the Institute of Biotechnology of National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu City.

A Cabinet press release said Wu and his team of 13 members helped develop the image processing system for FORMOSAT-2, a remote sensing satellite launched by Taiwan in 2004.

The system not only saved the cost of having to buy foreign-made software, but also enables the satellite to collect data for versatile scientific research projects.

Cheng received the award for his contribution to the development of an “eggshell crack automatic inspection system.”

Cheng said the system was capable of examining 50,000 chicken eggs every eight hours — twice faster and four times more accurately than an instrument developed by Japanese researchers for the same purpose.

Meanwhile, Chiang is the first biologist in the world to develop the technology that allows three-dimensional mapping of the olfactory nerve system in the human brain.

Researchers said that the technology could help to increase understanding of the human brain, and can also help in the research of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

The review of the nominees for the awards was conducted by the National Science Council (NSC) and the finalists were selected by a 30-member committee, NSC Minister Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) said.

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