The manufacturing sector is an ever-changing field with continuous challenges in environmental regulation, aging population, resources shortage and globalization. Most of all, the transparent and fast spreading information nowadays has product development and innovation moving at a lightning pace. New ideas on manufacturing technology not only focus on improving the efficiency and lowering the cost, but also try to ensure the shortest time-to-market for new products. Another field that will undergo major changes is the transportation industry including personal vehicles. The concepts of advanced mobility including autonomous vehicles are actively pursued, not to mention the progress of vehicle electrification based on various renewable energy sources.
Mechanical and Systems Research Laboratories (MSL) of ITRI, perceiving clearly these trends and the associated R&D needs, has set forward its vision as being a center of excellence on intelligent manufacturing and mobility. Specifically, they focus on a tightly coupled mechatronic design approach that enhances the hardware value through analytic tools and software. Their approach also follows the route of environmental friendliness (e.g., green energy) and attempts to seek opportunities in miniaturization. An R&D infrastructure to cultivate technology building blocks is developed to enable a fast integration with others. This talk will give a more elaborate introduction of various R&D activities in MSL to support this vision as well as collaboration cases with industry for specific applications.
The Autumn 2015 series explores the role of international partnerships of various types (joint development projects, M&A, corporate VC, etc.) in developing advanced intelligent systems. An intelligent system can be defined as a complex technology combination that integrates relatively sophisticated data analysis with some learning function or real-time environmental adaptability. Distinguished speakers from industry and government will showcase examples with at least one Asia partner in domains such as IoT (Internet of Things), autonomous vehicles and other robotics, smart wearable devices, and next generation energy and transportation systems.