ITRI GuangFu Innovation Campus in December 2017 unveiled its new building, the Cross-Discipline Intelligent Systems Center, and broke ground on another, the Design Innovation Center. On the day of the building unveiling ceremony, ITRI presented three innovation-oriented laboratories in the Cross-Discipline Intelligent Systems Center—Laboratories of Novel Materials Development and Verification for Seawater Desalination and Water Reclamation, Smart Clinic, and AM (Additive Manufacturing) as a Service. These labs showcase the joint efforts by ITRI and the industrial and academic sectors in the development of leading-edge intelligent systems and demonstrate how ITRI GuangFu Innovation Campus can stimulate cross-disciplinary innovation.
ITRI Chairman Chih-Kung Lee remarked that the future of Taiwan industry will not center only on contract manufacturing. Rather, industry will focus on providing customers with high-value system solutions, including hardware-software integration and tapping resources from multiple disciplines. ITRI GuangFu Innovation Campus will provide universities and enterprises with a brand new innovation-oriented testing ground. The development of smart medical devices and intelligent lighting systems, combined with a number of R&D achievements of ITRI’s Open Innovation Service Platform will set the groundwork for Taiwan’s industrial transformation, he said.
Then-President of ITRI Jonq-Min Liu commented that ITRI wants to take advantage of the location of ITRI GuangFu Innovation Campus to further optimize the existing innovation ecosystem and foster the development of Hsinchu as an internationally renowned city that enables the world to sense Taiwan’s innovative power. The Campus will serve as the axis around which ITRI will promote cross-disciplinary innovation and will encourage the “Co-Creation” collaboration model to form a unique innovation cluster and ecosystem. The Campus, he added, is poised to attract world-class talent and resources, engage in state-of-the-art R&D, and enhance industrial competitiveness.
Top professors, students, companies, and hospitals have been invited to jointly participate in this multi-faceted facility. Multiple co-creation projects are already being carried out, with 120 master’s degree and PhD students and 40 professors from 25 departments of nine universities, including National Tsing Hua University, National Chiao Tung University, the Hsinchu Science Park, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Advantech Co., Ltd., and HAITEC, along with 15 cooperating companies involved so far.
A number of important R&D topics that will impact Taiwan’s industrial development have been selected, such as intelligent vision systems, intelligent hospital lighting systems, automated driving vehicle systems, water treatment systems, smart shops, virtual information security systems, sub-THz high frequency transmission systems, and AM as a Service System. ITRI’s goal is within the next two years to spin off companies integrating ITRI’s innovative technology and the domain knowledge of its collaborative partners. This will assist Taiwan enterprises in rapidly carrying out their digital transformation, increasing the value-added of their research, and creating even more and bigger success stories.