June 9, 2003
CMU sealed an agreement with Taiwan to establish new research and educational outreach programs with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and National Chiao-Tung University in Hsinchu, a research-rich area south of Taipei. As part of the program, five to 10 outstanding Taiwanese students will study at Carnegie Mellon.
"Signing the agreement marks the beginning of a long-term relationship," said Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon provost. "We will work jointly with ITRI and its president, Chintay Shih, to identify future key technical areas of research."
Research at the government-sponsored ITRI lab will focus on circuit design and its application in communication, information technology, computer and consumer electronics and multimedia, as well as developing security on a chip, a technology now in demand by both consumers and industry sectors.
"The lab is an important part of our strategy to integrate research in various centers, and it will be funded at about $1 million a year," said Pradeep Khosla, Director, Center for Computer and Communications Security; Head, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Information Networking Institute; and the Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor, College of Engineering and School of Computer Science. Steady advances in chips, disk storage and software mean that the new focus is no longer the technology itself - with its arcane language of processing speeds and gigabytes - but on what people and companies can do with it, according to Khosla.
"The new research lab also is designed to contribute significantly to technology developments in Taiwan and Asia," said Tsuhan Chen, Professor of ECE and co-director of the ITRI lab along with Shiaw-Yu Sian in Taiwan. The information technology industry accounts for 10 percent of the U.S. economy and nearly 60 percent of business capital spending. (Excerpted from the Carnegie Mellon News Release. Also featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)