2018 Future Tech Expo Kicks off on Dec. 13, Revamps the Future Appearance of the World
Event 2018 Future Tech Expo Kicks off on Dec. 13, Revamps the Future Appearance of the World
101 Academic and Research Institutions will Display 123 Innovative and Groundbreaking Technologies with Industrial Applications.

The 2018 Future Tech Expo (FUTEX 2018) organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology will open on Dec. 13 at Taipei World Trade Center’s Exhibition Hall 3. A pre-expo press conference was held on Nov. 13.
Estimated 50,000 Visitors to View 123 Forward-looking Innovations
Science and Technology Minister Chen Liang-gee says the Future Tech Expo provides a business matchmaking platform for industry, academia, and research, thereby accelerating the transformation of research project results into innovative drive for industries, as well as further implementing the application of forward-looking technologies that have "industrial applications" and are "scientific breakthroughs." These technologies will lead the upgrading and transformation of Taiwan's industries for the next ten years and are also the key to aligning with global technology trends.
The scale of this year’s exhibition is significantly larger compared with last year. In addition to displaying 123 research project results and adding three large themed areas, the organizer also increased the number of major industry alliances and associations invited to participate in the expo. There will also be forums to discuss trends and lectures to explore breakthroughs in innovative applications. Representatives from well-known multinationals and heavyweight opinion leaders will take part in in-depth exchanges. The number of visitors and successful match-ups are both expected to set new records. The visitor number is estimated at 50,000, and at least NT $50 million in partnership business opportunities will be created.
Future Showcase: Four Main Technology Themes and Preview of Five Pioneering Highlight Technologies
The 2018 Future Tech Expo will take place over a three-day period on Dec. 13, 14, and 15. A total of 123 innovative technologies developed by 101 academic and research institutions from all across Taiwan will be on display, including 81 developed by academic and research units and 42 developed by corporations and science parks. The forward-looking research results will be displayed in four main themed areas: "Biotech and New Drugs," "Medical Devices," "AI Intelligent Appliances, Electronics, and Optoelectronics," and "Metal Chemical Industry and Innovative Materials."
To give the public a preview of the technologies they can expect in the future, the organizer arranged for five highlight technologies to be shown during the press conference, including National Tsing Hua University’s “Multiscale Bio-Imaging Technology,” China Medical University’s “RNA Interference Drug for the Treatment of Myopia,” and the Academia Sinica’s “Visible Broadband Achromatic Dielectric Metalens for Imaging,” all of which are original technologies. The other two, National Taiwan University’s “A Leg-Wheel Transformable Mobile Platform” and National Chung Cheng University’s “3D Reconstruction and Virtual Reality Visualization System Development for the Motion Simulation of Machine Equipment,” are technologies that have broken through the existing limitations of science and the old frameworks of original markets.
Future World: Unlimited Concepts of Technology Applications in the Three Special Display Areas of “Smart Hospital,” “Quantum Computer,” and “Humanities Technology”
The Ministry of Science and Technology indicated one of the highlights this year was planning the three special themed areas of “Smart Hospital,” “Quantum Computer,” and “Humanities Technology” to meet the needs and imagination of technology applicability. The “Smart Hospital” display area features 21 new technologies with future cross-sector applicability that will revolutionize conventional medical treatment procedures. The technologies include smart outpatient services, smart rehabilitation, smart drug testing, smart hospital wards, smart intensive care, and smart treatment, all of which will contribute to building a comprehensive smart medical care system, thereby greatly upgrading patient safety and medical treatment quality while reducing the workload and errors of medical personnel and enhancing the operational efficacy of hospitals, a win-win-win situation.
At the “Quantum Computer” display area, the history of human and computer interaction is used as a timeline. The limits of traditional computers and the revolutionary growth of quantum computing are shown through popular science experiences. Visitors will be able to learn about the past and current developments in quantum computing as well as its future applications. The area includes an experience zone for visitors to operate quantum computers.
Last year, the “Humanities Technology” display area amazed visitors and successfully showcased the innovative applications resulting from Taiwan’s cultural and technological cross-sector cooperation. This year, calligraphy master Wang Xizhi’s masterpiece Sunny After Snow has been integrated with 3D printing technology to create wearable tech products, thereby infusing ancient masterpieces with new life. It is hoped this area can once again provide visitors with a brand new and dynamic visual and auditory experience through the blending of digital technology and dramatic arts.
Future Talks Forum: Three Hot Topics – Precision Medicine, AI Innovative Applications, and Quantum Computing – To be Discussed
During the expo period, there will be a series of trends forums and humanities salons. The keynote speakers include heavyweight opinion leaders from the domestic and international industrial, academic, medical, and investment sectors, including Insilico Medicine Chief AI Officer and Insilico Taiwan CEO Artur Kadurin; IBM Japan Vice President of Research and Development Norishige (Noly) Morimoto; Macronix International President Lu Chih-yuan; National Taiwan University Hospital Department of Oncology Director Yang Chih-hsin; Acorn Campus Taiwan investor and co-founder Michel Chu; and National Tsing Hua University Department of Physics Professor Mou Chung-yu. They will speak about topics such as precision medicine, the next big things of AI applications, and the great revolution brought by quantum computing. Registration is already open, and more information and online registration can be found at www.futuretech.org.tw.