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ITRI President Dr. Edwin Liu Speaks on Futuristic Society

The 2019 Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE), Asia’s largest annual smart city tradeshow, took place in Taipei during March 26-29. This year SCSE focused on the value in AI applications in smart cities, featuring 337 exhibitors, more than 60 tech forums, the Smart City Mayor's Summit, and the AI 50 Campaign for startups. The event gathered 128 city leaders and representatives from 45 countries and over 350 specialists to present their smart city solutions. Dr. Edwin Liu, President of ITRI, was also invited to deliver a keynote speech on “Futuristic Society” in the opening ceremony.

ITRI President Dr. Liu was invited to deliver a keynote speech at SCSE 2019.

ITRI President Dr. Liu was invited to deliver a keynote speech at SCSE 2019.

Dr. Liu stressed the power of Mother Nature. Dr. Liu illustrated how technology is used to make cities smarter. SCSE 2019 hosted 337 exhibitors that showcased a diversity of innovative smart city solutions.

Dr. Liu in his speech emphasized the power of Mother Nature and the importance of developing smart city solutions. He illustrated several cases of how intelligent systems and technologies have tackled global challenges such as air pollution, traffic problems, and waste management, making cities more livable. He went on to share some efforts that Taiwan and ITRI have made in promoting smart city applications. For instance, there are national urban-rural projects that center on water resources, green energy, digital technology, and long-term care, and in 2018, three Taiwanese cities were named among the top seven intelligent communities by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). Meanwhile, he stressed the prowess of Taiwan, indicating that its leading position in ICT industry will give it a competitive advantage in the AIoT era, making it an inevitable partner to the world when it comes to the development of smart cities.

Dr. Liu further pointed out that ITRI, on its part, delivered a diversity of innovative solutions in areas such as autonomous vehicles, intelligent healthcare/medicine, and circular economy. According to Dr. Liu, ITRI’s Mid-size Autonomous Bus, AI Decision Support Technology of Fundus Image in Diabetes, Energy-efficient Smart Houses Demonstration Project in Shalun, and LCD waste recycling system are all examples that create new possibilities for smart living, quality health, and sustainable environment.

Finally, he concluded that human beings should seek co-existence with nature and that the co-creation from cross-sector players will bring about a synergy effect for a better future.

All in all, SCSE offers a great opportunity to spur innovation and international cooperation. Participants, home and abroad, gathered to share their vision of the future and experience in shaping smart cities, with the ultimate goal of leading to sustainable development for society.

SCSE 2019

In its sixth year, the 2019 Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE) has become the largest IoT solution exhibition in Asia, serving as an influential platform for the demonstration of global smart city solutions. SCSE featured state-of-the-art technologies in different areas such as transportation, healthcare, education, energy efficiency, sustainability, and architecture design through exhibitions, forums, and networking events, attracting over 33,000 visitors from across the world.