with Taiwan's leading research organization
Robert Sanders, Media Relations
Taiwan's largest research organization, the government-funded
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), is linking up
with the University of California, Berkeley, to tap into the campus's
innovative research environment and its connections with Silicon
a ceremony on June 1 at UC Berkeley, ITRI President Johnsee Lee
will sign a collaborative agreement with the campus to create
the ITRI/UC Berkeley Research Center, whose initial research focus
will be on nano-energy technologies and their applications.
also will announce an unrestricted gift of $500,000 per year for
five years to support approximately 15 graduate and post-doctoral
students each year in engineering and chemistry, in return for
which the university will host ITRI researchers.
five-year agreement is the first between a Taiwan research agency
and a top-level academic institution with ties to the Silicon
Valley, and it marks an important milestone in international cooperation,
according to Lee.
model of international cooperation will unite ITRI's high-tech
expertise with Silicon Valley's culture of innovation, he said,
and enable ITRI research personnel to immerse themselves in the
Silicon Valley research and development environment.
also said that he hopes the agreement will enable the creation
of market applications for many of UC Berkeley's forward-looking
ideas, especially in the Asia-Pacific and ethnic Chinese markets.
inauguration of the ITRI/UC Berkeley Research Center will facilitate
multidisciplinary research between the two institutions, said
Beth Burnside, UC Berkeley vice chancellor for research. Cooperation
between ITRI and UC Berkeley researchers will have a long-term,
positive impact on the integration of engineering technology and
scientific fields and will add further depth to global integration
and understanding, she said.
Newton, dean of UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, noted that
Asia has already become the world's center for manufacturing.
Taiwan's geographic location, large number of high-level research
personnel, and its research and development ability centered in
the Hsinchu region - home to ITRI, the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial
Park, National Chiao Tung University and National Tsinghua University
- make it an ideal place to stage R&D cooperation. The creation
of the ITRI/UC Berkeley Research Center is an important first
step in realizing this strategy, he said.
to Arun Majumdar, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering
and the director of the ITRI/UC Berkeley Research Center, ITRI
will send senior researchers to UC Berkeley laboratories to carry
out research on topics of interest to both institutions. ITRI
researchers will usually need to work in several laboratories
and with various graduate students, post-docs and professors,
providing an effective interface between the two research powerhouses.
who also heads UC Berkeley's Nano-Engineering Laboratory, will
work with Newton; Clayton Heathcock, dean of UC Berkeley's College
of Chemistry; Dr. Hsin-Sen Chu, general director of ITRI's Energy
and Resources Laboratories; Dr. Li-Chung Lee, president of ITRI
Inc.; and Jason Hsu, director of ITRI's International Program
Center, to plan and implement projects under the agreement.
five initial areas of concentration at the ITRI/UC Berkeley Research
Center will be:
Thermoelectrics and thermionics
* Phase transformation-based energy conversion and storage devices
* Label-free chemical and biological sensors
* Microreactors for energy and chemical conversion
* Energy conversion by nanoscale mass transport
In the first year of the agreement, ITRI will send five researchers
into UC Berkeley labs, with further expansion expected in the
future to insure a long-term relationship between the two institutions.
collaboration with UC Berkeley is part of ITRI's strategy to engage
in research and development on an international scale in an effort
to become known as a global R&D leader and to promote the
upgrading of industry in Taiwan.