RESEARCH

Research Brief

Saving power and labor using smart technology: AI shrimp farming system producing healthy shrimps

To overcome various challenges faced by the traditional aquaculture industry in Taiwan, Ing-Jer Huang, Yun-Nan Chang, and Shiann-Rong Kuang - professors of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Chin-Chang Hung and Li-Lian Liu - professors of the Department of Oceanography, joined forces to form a cross-disciplinary research team. The research team applied artificial intelligence technology to shrimp farming and achieved spectacular results. Infrared underwater monitoring system, image enhancement and recognition technologies were developed to automatically identify the bait and the shrimp. The APPs on the server or smartphones perform automatic feeding. Using AI technology can greatly improve the traditional pattern of  four fixed-quantity feedings per day. The smart system identifies residual bait every 30 minutes, and chooses the feeding efficiency. The system also prevents the residual bait from polluting the water and helps save on labor costs.

 

NSYSU teams up with National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology for development of gyroscope chip modules and training of electro-optical engineering professionals

The University has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology for the development of gyroscope chip modules and the training of electrooptical engineers. In the future, both parties will contrbute their expertise to develop innovative gyroscope chip modules, which will be evaluated through system testing.

Interdisciplinary" Music Planting" : Painting a Tree by Playing the Piano

Professor Ying Kwang-I from the Department of Music and Professor Cheng Chi-Cheng from the Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering developed an interdisciplinary "music painting" algorithm. The algorithm detects sound parameters, such as frequency, amplitude, and intensity and converts sounds into visual points, lines, and planes. When music is played, the animation is synchronized with the sounds originating from the instrument to combine music with the painting. This interdisciplinary collaboration is expected to be used in the fields of interactive games, medical rehabilitation, and art therapy.

Outstanding Venture Award for Smart Color-Changing Windows

The color of the windows can be changed at any time through the remote control of a mobile app. Lin Tsung-Hsien, a distinguished professor in the Department of Photonics, teamed up with the Liquid Crystal Photonics Lab students and spent more than a year to develop a film that could attach to the glass. Through the mobile app, a touch on the screen of the phone can alternate the glass between blurred, light, and dark colors as well as convert it into a projector at any time. In the future, the film could be applied to vehicles and commercial buildings. This innovative invention was distinctive among the 166 enlistments from new team members and won the Outstanding Venture Award from the Ministry of Science and Technology, with a prize valued at NT$2 million. This product can be used in  a variety of situations. In vehicles for example, the glass can be switched to a heat-insulating state during the day to block the glare of light and heat, and to a transparent state in the evening to provide a clear view while driving. When applied to architectural glass, users can actively control the light flux inside the room, and switch to a state of black fog at night to ensure privacy. The multifuntional smart window can be uesd with projection equipment to present high-quality images on the glass, thus improving the experience of augmented reality.

A Significiant Scientific Breakthrough : The World’s Largest Photonic Crystal

A team led by the distinguished professor Lin Tsung-Hsien from the Department of Photonics invested in the research of a three-dimensional photonic crystal with a single-crystal structure. Through bilateral cooperation between Taiwan and the Unite State, they successfully produced the world's largest single-crystal three-dimensional photonic crystal in two years and demonstrated its excellent photoelectric characteristics. The outstanding research and development results were presented in the top international journal Nature Communications and have prompted the development of  three-dimensional liquid photonic crystals ranging from tens to thousands of mircometers. Such an increase in hundredfold signifies a breakthrough in the limitations of traditional artificial photonic crystals, and indicates that the research can be used in the future to effectively control microscopic three-dimensional laser, femtosecond ultrafast pulse modulation, and vatious photonic elements.

 

The first Manned Submersible in Taiwan

Taiwan Ocean Research Institute of the National Applied Research Laboratories, National Defense University, the Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Group,  the CSBC Corporation Taiwan, Metal Industries Research & Development Center, and NSYSU cooperated and jointly announced their investment in the research and development of the first manned submersible constructed in Taiwan and their partnership in cultivating talent in relevant industrial fields. Through the cooperation of the industry, academia, and research, the six major units have collaborated to form the Manned Submersible Development Alliance, which plans to construct a manned underwater vehicle (submersible) within five years for scientific and technological research, and actively cultivate relevant talents. This is expected to accelerate the progress of ongoing marine green-energy projects in Taiwan, including offshore wind power, Kuroshio power plants, and deep ocean water as well as support military joint training, military survey, and underwater rescue.