In an interview with《The Icons》, Dr. Juin-Fu Chai, Deputy Director of Taiwan National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs), an expert in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Taiwan University and a key member of the National Center for Earthquake on Engineering Research, delved into NARLabs’ performance and objectives at the CogX Festival. NARLabs, as a national research institution covering multiple technological domains, showcased its extensive research activities through various national-level laboratories, with a focus on AI and chip manufacturing at this exhibition.
NARLabs Initiates Taiwan-UK Technology Collaboration through AI and Chip Manufacturing
Chai emphasized the importance of raising NARLabs’ profile through this exhibition. “Prior to this event, many people might not have been familiar with NARLabs. Hence, this exhibition provided an opportunity not only to showcase their research highlights in AI and chip manufacturing but also to increase their visibility.” He mentioned that although not all research highlights were exhibited, they hoped to attract more collaborative opportunities through promotional materials.
“On the topic of global collaboration, through collaborating with top universities, they could bring different research centers together and jointly advance their studies within the framework of the NARLabs.” Chai stressed the importance of physical exhibits in the showcase, noting that tangible exhibits during CogX days could capture more attention as they piqued curiosity and visually conveyed the intended message.
Regarding Taiwan’s vision for the UK and the world, Chai believed that earthquake-related topics were relatively novel for them due to fewer earthquakes in the UK.
“If they found these topics pertinent upon their return, they could proactively contact NARLabs and apply their services in the UK.”
When discussing ESG and SDGs, Chai emphasized the importance of disaster prevention. “Especially in the sustainable operation of semiconductor processing machines, preventing earthquake damage to chips and machines is crucial for reducing economic losses and environmental pollution.” The concept of “first-time-right” production he mentioned, ensuring the quality of each chip in the production process to maximize overall efficiency, served as an example of sustainable development.
Finally, Chai noted that Taiwan’s semiconductor industry, particularly TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd), had begun considering integrating advanced seismic technologies into new factories and processing equipment, hoping to reduce seismic damage.
“Although Taiwan started relatively late in this aspect, they aimed to incorporate research findings directly into process equipment systems through research and development, ultimately reaching their goals faster than other countries.”
Dr. Juin-Fu Chai: Showcasing NARLabs’ Achievements in AI and Chip Manufacturing to Attract More Collaborative Opportunities
In an interview with 《The Icons》, Chai delved into NARLabs’ performance and future objectives at the CogX, he also shared insights on how technological research and international collaboration could enhance Taiwan’s global influence in the field of technology.
NARLabs, as a national research institution covering multiple technological domains, showcased its extensive research activities through various national-level laboratories, with a focus on artificial AI and chip manufacturing. Chai emphasized the importance of raising NARLabs’ profile through this exhibition and hoped to attract more collaborative opportunities by showcasing their research highlights in AI and chip manufacturing, demonstrating NARLabs’ research capabilities and achievements to a wider audience.
Dr. Juin-Fu Chai, Deputy Director of NARLabs, currently holds a faculty position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Taiwan University and is a significant member of the National Center for Earthquake on Engineering Research. His research encompasses various areas, including basin effects, seismic wave scattering theory and experimental analysis, fault rupture mechanisms, near-fault seismic characteristics, and ground motion for seismic design. His expertise and research have a broad impact in earthquake engineering and related fields, and he actively participates in numerous domestic and international research projects and collaborations.
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