ITRI celebrated its 47th anniversary on July 3rd, 2020 at its headquarters.
ITRI celebrated its 47th anniversary on July 3rd and invited distinguished guests to attend the ceremony. In the event, Taiwan Vice President Ching-Te Lai and Minister of Economic Affairs Mei-Hua Wang recognized the Institute as an important asset to the nation. They said ITRI has led industry to find new breakthroughs throughout different stages of growth and contributed greatly in improving overall well-being of society. They further expressed their thanks for ITRI’s relentless work and quick response in developing a number of anti-pandemic technologies during the COVID-19 outbreak, being a behind-the-scenes hero in helping the nation curb the spread of the virus.
Vice President Lai commented that ITRI underpins Taiwan’s industrial competitiveness and creates new horizons for Taiwan’s economy. In his expectation, ITRI should complete three missions in the future. First, supporting the government’s 5+2 Industrial Innovation and the Six Core Strategic Industries initiatives. Second, using its innovation capability to help society respond to new lifestyles and assist the industry to reposition amid the disrupted supply chain in the post-pandemic era. Third, with the arrival of the global 5G era, ITRI should maximize its strengths in using technology to strengthen industry’s competitiveness. Meanwhile, the Vice President expressed thanks for ITRI’s support in promoting the industrial development of southern Taiwan, and believes that ITRI can further expand its capacities to link the resources of Liujia Campus, Shalun Smart Green Energy Science City, and the Kaohsiung Material Circular Industrial Park.
Taiwan Vice President Ching-Te Lai (center), Minister of Economic Affairs Mei-Hua Wang (second right), ITRI Chairman Chih-Kung Lee (second left), and ITRI President Edwin Liu (far right) at ITRI’s 47th Anniversary Tech Showcase.
Minister Wang indicated that Taiwan is home to many small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and ITRI is especially needed to help nurture these companies. Currently, she said, Taiwan requires the assistance of technology for epidemic prevention as it desires to open up international exchanges. Consequently, the development of ITRI’s Nucleic Acid Detection System becomes crucial. This highly precise detection technology will enable Taiwan to effectively block coronavirus at the border, thereby allowing international interactions to resume, she explained.
ITRI Chairman Chih-Kung Lee stated that for the past year ITRI’s outstanding R&D achievements have been recognized by many international accolades. Locally, the Institute has also been supporting the government’s policy of balanced economic development among Taiwan’s regions with two main strategies: adding value to industrial technology and fostering the development of innovation-oriented industries. By bridging the industrial, academic and research capacities, ITRI has promoted “smart R&D,” “high-end manufacturing clusters,” and “high value-added materials” for southern Taiwan. Lee said that ITRI will play a key role in innovation as always, making Taiwan’s technological strengths prominent the world over, just like it has achieved in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Vice President Ching-Te Lai praised ITRI’s Positive Pressure COVID-19 Testing Booth for its clever design in improving testing convenience and safety, which perfectly accommodates the needs for medical staff.
ITRI President Edwin Liu remarked that earlier this year during the outbreak of COVID-19, ITRI adopted a three-pronged strategy of preparing protective devices and equipment, establishing virus testing capacities, and strengthening medical care. Efforts in this regard highlighted the use of technology to protect Taiwan. In response to the “new normal” in the post-pandemic era, he said, ITRI is preparing early and exploring the value of smart technologies for Taiwan. The Institute has set forth its 2030 Technology Strategy & Roadmap to develop innovations that meet the lifestyle scenarios of the future, which reflects the government’s Six Strategic Industries and its 2030 Science & Technology Vision. To foster technology breakthroughs in application domains of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment, ITRI will enhance ICT Enabling Technologies including artificial intelligence, semiconductor technology, communications technology, and cybersecurity and cloud technology.