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Taiwan, Czech Republic discuss technology exchanges

2019/05/08 22:16:06

Huang Hsin-ya (黃心雅, left), director general of MOST's Department of International Cooperation and Science Education / Photo courtesy of MOST

Berlin, May 8 (CNA) Taiwan and the Czech Republic on Tuesday held their sixth conference to discuss technology exchanges in areas such as artificial intelligence and self-driving vehicles, Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said.

The conference was hosted by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TACR) in Prague and attended by Czech representatives and a Taiwan delegation led by Huang Hsin-ya (黃心雅), director general of MOST's Department of International Cooperation and Science Education.

During the Czech-Taiwan Technology Days conference, MOST and TACR agreed to launch a joint call for technology development programs, starting from the end of June, while the Taiwan delegation signed an agreement with the Czech Academy of Science on mutual visits, the ministry said.

In addition, the MOST-funded Intelligence Manufacturing Systems Research Center also signed a cooperation agreement with the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics to kick off cooperation in the areas of AI and smart machinery development.

In terms of self-driving, the Taiwanese delegation shared information with the Czech participants about Taiwan's recent research and development in the field, while the Czech side gave briefings on its progress in the area of self-driving vehicles, MOST said.

After the conference, the MOST delegation will visit several research institutes in Hungary, including the Hugarian Zala Zone in Zalaegerszeg, western Hungary, which is the largest testing field for autonomous vehicles in central Europe.

Taiwan is hoping to model its CAR Lab project in Tainan on the zone, MOST said.

The Czech-Taiwan Technology Days has become a mechanism for the two countries to cooperate in the fields of academic research, applied technologies and technology transfers, MOST said. The first conference was held in Taiwan in 2007.

(By Lin Yu-li and Frances Huang)
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