Taiwan-India Joint Research Center on Artificial Intelligence

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Taiwan-India Joint Research Center on Artificial Intelligence
I. Introduction
With the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan, National Chung Cheng University has initiated the establishment of the “Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on Artificial Intelligence.” The research center is a collaborative effort between three Indian and Taiwan universities, including the National Chung Cheng University (CCU), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar, and Chitkara University. Discussions on establishment plans and trial run of the research center were initiated in January 2019 when a CCU delegation of 10 persons went to the two Indian universities. The goals of the research center are three-folds, including the establishment of a Joint AI Lab at IIT Ropar, a Joint Incubation Center at Chitkara University, and Joint International Programs on AI at both universities. As a unique research center jointly established by Taiwan and India, this research center will play a major role in not only creating a lucrative and technically strong environment for collaboration efforts among the academia and the industry in both of our countries, Taiwan and India.
II. Highlights
Technologies in Taiwan and India have progressed in complementary directions of development in the past decades. For example, the IC industry in Taiwan and the software industry in India are both examples of world-class technologies. In January 2019, a delegation of 10 experts from the National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan led by the Dean of R&D Dr. Jack Huang set foot on India for initiating a cross-country effort in establishing the “Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on Artificial Intelligence,” which will cater to the development needs of both countries through application of emerging Information and Communication Technology (ICT) including deep machine learning, blockchain, and Internet-of-Things (IoT), smart city technologies, Bamboo/Charcoal technologies, etc.
The following are some the recent highlights:
(a) The director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar, Dr. Sarit K. Das has agreed to provide space and other communication facilities to setup the research center. CCU will help in providing the personnel and the office facilities. Discussions on joint international programs on AI are undergoing.
(b) Chitkara University and CCU has initiated a first-time cross-country Indo-Taiwan joint effort in holding an International Conference on Analytics and Networking (Indo-Taiwan ICAN’2020). This conference will be an initiative in helping foster a deeper collaboration between CCU and Chitkara University such that the Joint Research Center can be established and sustained in the future.
(c) AI talent development and startup incubation will one of the major goals of the Joint Research Center, thus the CCU delegation has already met several Indian and Taiwanese companies, including SIMCO, TAITRA, BXB, Technology Base Corporation (TBC), X-Team startup, and other startups from India.