ITRI held a press conference on October 5th to honor the 2020 R&D 100 Awards winners.
The R&D 100 Awards, often referred to as “the Oscars of Invention,” or “the Nobel Prizes of Technology,” announced its 2020 winners, and we are glad that ITRI has been singled out for its Dye-sensitized cell (DSC) as Energy source Of Sensors, D-EOS; Networked Amide Epoxy Polymer Electrolyte for Solid State Lithium-Ion Batteries, NAEPE; and A Smart-Care Solution for Chronic Wound, iSCare. This marks the 13th consecutive year that ITRI has won the R&D 100 Awards, which also makes Taiwan’s R&D capacity more visible to the world. Other winners this year include top-notch organizations such as Dow, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Paul J. Heney, VP and Editorial Director for R&D World and Chair of the Judging Panel for the R&D 100 Awards, indicated that the program cuts across so many areas of technology but they have noticed some trends in different sectors. These include the process of bettering lithium-ion car batteries, advances in healthcare technology, the incorporation of artificial intelligence (AI), and some success in safety-related items. He pointed out that ITRI had an impressive year with three winners and illustrated the reasons why these innovations stood out among the competition. “What they (the judges) are looking for is both impact and invention, and the focus is always on inspired design that has real-world applications and something that is needed by our society,” he said.
ITRI President Edwin Liu commented that ITRI has been highly recognized for its strong capability in innovation, adding that since 2008 the institute has collected 44 R&D 100 Awards, 90% of which have been transferred to industry to create new value. The three winners this year, he said, are all market-oriented, focusing on the applications in Smart Living, Quality Health and Sustainable Environment and echoing the goals of ITRI’s 2030 Technology Strategy & Roadmap. These involve the world’s first pilot production line of dye-sensitized cells for smart home applications, an effort to promote high-safety lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems, and an AI recognition system to assess chronic wounds and enhance telecare.
Click below to learn more about ITRI’s 2020 R&D 100 Awards winners.