RESEARCH

Research Brief

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.

New Sludge Reduction Technology Original Electric Dehydration System Designed at NSYSU

Professor Yang Chin-Chung of the institute of Enviromental Engineering proposed a processing method different from the conventional pressure filtration approach and pioneered the use of electric power-assisted pressure filtration, naming it as an "electric dehydration system" for short. This novel system successfully combines two types of plate filter press (plate and frame filter press and recessed plate filter press) and can be applied to organic sludge dehydration. The novel electric dehydration system can significantly reduce the water content of organic sludge to 60%-65%, sludge cake volume by 30%-45%, and content of plasticizer and some pollutants in sludge cake. Therefore, this approach can lower the cost of sludge treatment by approximately half and alleviate the problem of landfill space, thereby constituting a sludge reuse and environmental protection. 

Customized Spinal Cord 3D Printing with Lastest Bone Materials

An additive manufacturing project was commissioned by the MOST to the following: Chair Professor Jacob Chih-ching Huang of the Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science, Professor Che-Hsin Lin and Cheng-Tang Pan of the Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Professor Jason Shian-Ching Jang of the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering of National Central University, Associate Professor Hsuan-Kai Lin of National Pingtung University of Science and technology, and Associate Professor Chung-Hwan Chen of the Department of Orthopaedics of Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital, and his team at the Department of Orthopaedics, Kaohsiung Medical Univesity. After two years of work, they have successfully developed the first customizable replacement cancellous bone made of metallic glass through 3D printing. Patients will benefit from this locally desighed and manufactured product that not only substantially reduces the cost of lumbar surgery but also enhances the durabilitiy of the replacement bone.