National Taipei University of Technology
  • 2019 Mar 18
  • NTUT Academia-Industry Alliance’s 5G Forum Spotlights the Role of Smart Photonics in Achieving “AI TAIWAN”
With the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G mobile communications standards set to merge next year in a new age shaped by the “Artificial Intelligence of Things” (AIoT), the NTUT Academia-Industry Alliance held the “Forum on Trends in 5G/AIoT and Intelligent Applications” with the Photonics Industry and Technology Development Association (PIDA) on March 6th, 2019. Key industry leaders joined in to provide their insightful analyses and assessments of current and expected IoT application development trends. Reflecting the AI TAIWAN R&D priorities of Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the forum framed its approach to this expansive and important subject around new smart photonics/optics technologies.
Image 1: The Forum on Trends in 5G/AIoT and Intelligent Applications, sponsored jointly by the NTUT Academia-Industry Alliance and the Photonics Industry and Technology Development Association (PIDA)

Aeon Technology Chairman and distinguished NTUT alumnus Yong-shun Chuang presented on future lifestyle trends in the age of AIoT. He noted that telecommunications technologies undergo a fundamental change roughly once a decade and that the upcoming rollout of new 5G applications is set to take us into a new era of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. Analyzing the development of 5G in various countries, Chairman Chuang stated that this latest generation of cellular mobile communications will not only meet current needs for flexibility and bandwidth but also meet industry needs for smart production and smart operations.   
NTUT Electro-Optical Engineering Department Chair Lung-chien Chen’s talk, entitled “Micro LED Display Applications”, outlined his views on mini/micro LED technologies, applications, trends, size effects, and future challenges. He noted that the thin profile, low power needs, bright display, high reliability, exceptional energy efficiency, and long usable life of micro LEDs make them an ideal fit for new-generation display technologies and for meeting OLED manufacturing requirements.
Image 2: NTUT EOED Lifetime Distinguished Professor Hai-han Lu (left) discusses the future integration of 5G/6G and fiber-optic communications

 NTUT Electro-Optical Engineering Department Lifetime Distinguished Professor Hai-han Lu honed his talk in on the future 5G communications landscape, especially in the context of the coming 5G/6G integration with fiber-optic communications. Creating the 5G network, he emphasized, will be far costlier than creating the 4G network, leaving thin profits for telecom service providers. However, moving from 5G to 6G should actually reduce costs for these providers, as already-mature hardware technologies will be able to further boost data transfer speeds via fiber-optic networks.
PIDA Director Murphy Lin used his forum time to discuss his views on developments in the smart car photonics sector. He stated that realizing the dream of self-driving cars would not have been possible without the integration of photonics technologies. Furthermore, companies in the image sensing and automotive sectors are now working actively to perfect and implement advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in order to further mature self-driving technologies and ease public concerns about the safety of these cutting-edge vehicles.
MOST Department of Academia-Industry Collaboration & Science Park Affairs Director Dr. Chiu-hui Chiu stated that his ministry’s strong encouragement of schools to create international academia-industry alliances springs from a desire to create strong cooperative relationships between universities and the private sector that focus on promising new areas, build bridges to international markets, and create top-notch talent and R&D service capabilities. The fruits of these cooperative R&D efforts will strengthen and expand the linkages between Taiwan’s capacity for innovative R&D and the global industrial supply chain.
NTUT Academia-Industry Alliance Director Chia-hua Lee remarked during the forum on NTUT’s exceptional strengths in the realm of optics and photonics R&D. He said that the Alliance was working diligently to promote NTUT’s related R&D capabilities to the private sector and to expand academia-industry cooperation. In addition, Director Lee praised PIDA’s critical role in creating and expanding opportunities for the domestic photonics sector. He stated that he looked for continued, close cooperation between the Alliance and PIDA to focus private-sector, government, academic, and research organization attention and efforts on realizing a “blue-ocean market” for photonics technologies that would create a new model for successful academia-industry collaboration.