Volume 15 Issue 4 - September 17, 2010 PDF
University of Edinburgh :
Visit by Taiwan Top Universities R&D Delegation
Professor and Dean
Department of Electrical Engineering
College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
National Cheng Kung University
Tainan, Taiwan
[July 16, 2010]
This article first appeared in EECS NCKU
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Hosting Representatives of University of Edinburgh:
  1. Professor Stephen Hillier, Vice Principal International (s.hillier@ed.ac.uk).
  2. Professor Jeremy Bradshaw, Postgraduate Director and Dean International,
    College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine (j.bradshaw@ed.ac.uk; www.ed.ac.uk/.../home).
  3. Professor Ian Bryden, School of Engineering, Research into Renewable Energy at Edinburgh
  4. Dr. Bernard Ramsahoye, Stem Cell Research
  5. Dr. Pei-Jung Chung, Institute of Digital Communication, School of Engineering and Electronics, Green Communications (p.chung@ed.ac.uk).
  6. Dr. Yun-Heh Chen-Burger, Research Fellow, Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute, School of Informatics ( jessicac@inf.ed.ac.uk; www.aiai.ed.ac.uk).

Member (among four members) of the Scottish Parliament attending a dinner banquet:
  1. Iain Smith MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament, North East Fife, iain@iainsmith.org; www.iainsmith.org.

Taipei Representative Office in the UK, Edinburgh Office:
  1. Mr. Steven Reyyuan Chu, Director General, reyyuanchu@gmail.com
  2. Mr. Daniel S.T. Kuo, Director, Daniel.troedi@gmail.com
  3. Ms. Selena C.H. Chang, Assistant Director, chchang01@mofa.gov.tw

Taiwan Delegation:
  1. Prof. Si-Chen Lee, President of NTU (sclee@cc.ee.ntu.edu.tw)
  2. Prof. Ching-Ray Chang, Director General, Department of International Cooperation, National Science Council, Taiwan (crchang@nsc.gov.tw)
  3. Ms. Cheng-Tung Tao, Program Director, Department of International Cooperation, NSC (cttao@nsc.gov.tw)
  4. Prof. Ji-Wang Chern, Dean of R&D, NTU (jwchern@ntu.edu.tw)
  5. Prof. Chao-Tsen Chen, Group Leader of Strategic Planning, Office of R&D, NTU (chenct@ntu.edu.tw)
  6. Prof. Yonhua Tzeng, Dean of College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, National Cheng Kung University (tzengyo@mail.ncku.edu.tw, tzengyo@gmail.com)
  7. Prof. Yeng-Horng Perng, Vice President, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (vpresident@mail.ntust.edu.tw)
  8. Prof. Chen-Yi Lee, Dean of R&D, NCTU (cylee@faculty.nctu.edu.tw)
  9. Prof. Tsun-Yee Chiu, Dean of R&D, National Chang Gung University (dtychiu@mail.cgu.edu.tw)
  10. Prof. Yen-Hsyang Chu, Dean of R&D, NCU (yhchu@jupiter.ss.ncu.edu.tw)
  11. Prof. Chuan-Mu Chen, Dean of R&D, NCHU (chchen1@dragon.nchu.edu.tw)
  12. Mr. Hsin-Yuan Lai, Director Programme, Council Taipei
  13. Ms. Pei-Yi Chen, Assistant Director Education Promotion, British Council Taipei
  14. Mr. Ching-An Chuang, Assistant Director, Taipei Representative Office in the UK

Taiwanese delegation of Research and Development from seven top universities arrived at University of Edinburgh (http://www.ed.ac.uk/home) at around 2pm on July 16, 2010 by a bus departing from University of Glasgow and was greeted by Professor Stephen Hillier, Vice Principal International.  University Edinburgh was established in 1583 with 27,000 students, among them 7,000 are from 140 foreign countries.  The University campuses scattered in several places in the east side of Scotland. It has three Colleges, Humanity and Social Sciences (the largest with 11 Schools), Science and Engineering (7 Schools), and Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (the smallest with 4 Schools). THE World University Ranking ranked University of Edinburgh 23rd in 2008 and 20th in 2009. Shanghai Jiao Tong University World University Ranking ranks the University 53rd in 2009. Among its strengths, Life and Agriculture Sciences ( LIFE ) ranks 35th in the world, Physics 51-77, Computer Science: 52-75th, Life Sciences and Biomedicine 34th, Social Sciences 48th, and Arts and Humanities 24th.

Among UK universities, the University has strengths in the following disciplines: Pharmacology & Pharmacy: UK 1st, Nursing: UK 1st, Veterinary: UK 3rd, Computer Science: UK 4th, Accounting: UK 5th, Medicine: UK 6th, Education: UK 6th, Agriculture & Forestry: UK 6th, Art and Design: UK 7th, Linguistics: UK 10th, Geography & Environment: UK 10th, Architecture: UK 11, English: UK 11th, Law: UK 15th, Music: UK 16th.  The University generates the 6th largest annual R&D income of £170M among UK universities.  It has a university wholly owned subsidiary company, Edinburgh Research and Innovation, which employs 75 staff and turned over £10.4M in 2008-9, amounting to the 5th highest commercial activities among universities in UK.

Dolly, the world's first animal cloned from an adult cell lived for six years and then was put down at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh where she was created (from Nature).
University of Edinburgh is famous for many accomplishments, among which, for example, are the theory of evolution by Charles Darwin and the world first cloned adult mammal, Dolly (1997) by the Roslin Institute, which revolutionized medical research.  College of Engineering and Science also demonstrated the world’s smallest color TV screen based on micro emissive display (1999).

Professor Ian G Bryden of Institute of Energy Systems, School of Engineering introduced wave and tidal energy generation and the famous wave energy generation device, known as Edinburgh Duck.  Professor Stephen Salter of Univ of Edinburgh 1974 invented the Edinburgh Duck also known as Salter's Duck or Nodding Duck in 1974, which marked an important milestone in the modern scientific evaluation of wave energy resource. Its development was prompted by the 1973 Oil Crisis. The Duck consists of a curved cam-like body moored to the sea bed.  The body is allowed to oscillate or nod with the wave motion as a wave passes.
The Salter’s Duck.
Dr. Ian G Bryden of Institute of Energy Systems, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh.
Prof. Bryden pointed out that by 2020 the UK government plans to build a 2GW wave energy system based on his R&D.  Currently the state-of-the-art system generates only 2.5MW.  For a 1.2MW system in operation, it cost £8M to build.  The cost of energy production is still higher than that of solar photovoltaic at the moment.  Studies showed that the ultimate amount of tidal wave energy which can be generated in UK is 30GW. Prof. Bryden has visited the Hydraulic Testing Facility at National Cheng Kung University and is keen to collaborate with NCKU faculty in ocean energy related R&D.  He has been working on a number of EU FP projects.  There is a favorable opportunity for NCKU faculty to participate in Prof. Bryden’s wave energy project.

Dr. Pei-Jung Chung presented her wireless communication work in minimizing the energy consumption by ever increasing uses of cell phone.  She called it Green Communication.  Dr. Chung graduated from Tsing Hwa University in Taiwan and was an Assistant Professor at NCTU, Taiwan.  She is familiar with Taiwanese culture and academics and willing to serve as a bridge for our collaboration with Univ of Edinburgh faculty in communication and general EECS disciplines.

Prof. Claus Nerlov, Director of Institute for Stem Cell Research, also introduced his research program. With the world famous Dolly breakthrough, The Stem Cell and Reproduction Group at Univ of Edinburgh developed rapidly into 80-90 faculty.  Emphases are placed in gene diagnosis and therapy as well as reproduction science.  This is one of the best Stem Cell research group in the world and a great opportunity for Taiwanese scientists to participate in state-of-the-art biomedical research.  The exchange of information among hosts and us set the stage for further efforts towards true international collaboration.

University of Edinburgh currently has 129 Taiwanese students, who are well taken care of and welcome by the University.  This is shown by the friendly presentation of both ROC national flag and Scottish national flag as the first slide of Dr. Hillier’s presentation.  Faculty of the University has also been actively collaborate with Taiwanese researchers.  Four members of Scottish Parliament, including Iain Smith attend a dinner banquet in a local Chinese restaurant hosted by Director General Chu of Taipei Representative Office in the UK Edinburgh Office. Also attended the dinner banquet are Director Daniel S.T. Kuo and Assistant Director Selena C.H. Chang of the Office. Dr. Yun-Heh Chen-Burger of Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute also joined the dinner.
Photo of Dean Yonhua Tzeng of College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and representative of National Cheng Kung University for the Taiwanese delegation of Research and Development taken after a presentation made by Professor Stephen Hillier, Vice Principal International.
Leader of the Taiwanese delegation, President Lee of NTU presented a gift to a Scottish Parliament Member with Director General Chu looking upon during a dinner banquet in Edinburgh on July 16, 2010.
During the dinner, Dr. Yun-Heh Chen-Burger, Dr. Pei-Jung Chung and several of us discussed about the feasibility for a bilateral student exchange program for either undergraduate or postgraduate students.  Dr. Chen-Burger pointed out the importance of convincing the counterpart college in the University of Edinburgh of the benefits that a student exchange program will offer to them.  A combined cultural experiences, Chinese language learning opportunity, and internship in international well recognized company might be attractive to students of University of Edinburgh.

We also discussed about the possibility of engaging University of Edinburgh in the NSC Dragon Gate Project, which will sponsor Taiwanese doctoral students, postdocs, and PIs to spend one or two years conducting research in top-foreign institutions such as University of Edinburgh.  Since this project offers additional research manpower and funds for consumable supplies to the hosting university, it appears to be attractive to faculty of University of Edinburgh.

Both Dr. Chen-Burger and Dr. Chung welcome the collaboration opportunity.  Dr. Chen-Burger suggested that a bilateral student exchange MOU be signed as soon as possible.  A draft MOU based on existing one NCKU has established with Purdue University will be sent to Dr. Chen-Burger for further development soon.

The Taiwanese delegation left Edinburgh in the Saturday afternoon on July 17, 2010 for London by train.  Some of the delegation took the brief break in the Saturday morning to visit cultural and historical sites including the Castle of Edinburgh.
Shown in the photo taken in front of the entrance gate of the Edinburgh Castle on July 17, 2010 are (from left to right) Dean of R&D Cheng of National Chang Guan University, Dean of R&D Chen of National Chung-Hsin University, Dean of EECS Tzeng of National Cheng Kung University, President Lee of National Taiwan University, Vice President Perng of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and Director General Chang of Division of International Affairs, National Science Council, Taiwan.

Design & Layout : Ivan Tarn, The Banyan Editorial Office
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