Center for Advanced Information Systems and Electronics Research
Center for Advanced Information Systems and Electronics Research

The establishment of the Center for Advanced Information Systems and Electronics Research (CAISER) is the outgrowth of numerous meetings—both intra- and interu niversity—involving many faculty members with diverse science and technology backgrounds from National Central University, National Chiao Tung University, National Tsing Hua University and National Yang-Ming University (NCU, NCTU, NTHU, NYMU) of the University System of Taiwan (UST). This unprecedented feat of collaboration (for Taiwan) both demonstrates the cross-disciplinary nature of information systems and electronics technology and conveys the sense of priority placed on this field by our university system. The mission of CAISER is to pursue academic excellence and also to raise research capabilities to the world-class level in this field in the near future. Moreover, the goal of this center is to integrate the research faculty members and resources, to establish central research center and to share facilities and human resources in the regional research laboratories. The infrastructure, organization operation, research groups, and progress evaluation of this center will be described.

In recent years, the speedy development of the integrated circuit, communication, information, and optoelectronics technologies as well as the popularity of the World Wide Web (WWW) Internet resulted in the fast growth of the related industries in Taiwan . Nowadays, the high-tech industries in the field of semiconductor, communication, information and optoelectronics have become most important in our country.
Confronting the coming of knowledge-based economy era in the near future, we regard technology development as an important norm for our international competitiveness. Academic research is the most significant part of our national high technology. It is a challenge to raise our academic research level when we try to become one of the top high-tech countries. Compared to developed countries, the scales of Taiwan's research teams are smaller. The research resources are also fewer. The research teams are mainly composed of faculty and graduate students here in Taiwan. We lack the participation of the research professionals. Also the research results have smaller influences and impetus to high-tech industries.

In order to improve this situation, UST has devoted every effort to conducting the cross-campus integration. Its mission is to integrate the research faculty members and resources to promote the research and development capacites in the field of information systems and electronics technology from NCTU, NTHU, NCU, and NYMU. UST will assemble a big research team and improve infrastructure. Our goal is to reach the top level of research achievements internationally in the area of advanced information systems and electronics research in the near future.
Administrator and Committees
Steering Committee
C. H. Liu (劉兆漢校長), Chun-Yen Chang (張俊彥校長), Hsia-San Shu (徐遐生校長), Chuen-Sheng Liu (劉全生校長), Yan-Hwa Wu (吳妍華校長), David C. L. Liu (劉炯朗教授), Hsiang-Tsung Kung(孔祥重院士), Chen Ming Hu (胡正明博士), Wen I. Wang(王文一院士), Eric G. Lean (林耕華院士), Frank F. Fang (方復院士), C. N. Liu (劉兆寧博士), Kang L. Wang (王康隆院長), Hwa-Nien Yu (虞華年院士), S. K. Chang (張系國教授).
Steering Committee
Chin-Long Wey (魏慶隆院長), Peter Wu (吳重雨院長), Cheng-Wen Wu (吳誠文院長) , Arthur Chiou (邱爾德院長).

■ Temporary Management Office
Before the suitable site has been specified for the Center and before the new Director is recruited,the Center will be managed by a committee composed of representatives of information systems and electronics technology from the four campuses. The Office will work closely with the Steering Committee (see below) to carry out the administrative work such as budget matters, coordination the research activities and research discussion sessions etc.

■ Management Office
A Center Director will manage the administrative business of the center through a
Management Office. The Director and this Office will be responsible for managing the budget; setting research priorities and strategic directions; directing personnel policies and facility operations; promoting interactions among the different internal scientific programs of the Center (see below) and with external organizations; assessing and documenting overall research progress; as well as communicating with and reporting to the UST administration.

■ Steering Committee
Before the Director is recruited, the Center will be operated by a steering committee consisting of experts in information systems and electronics technology. The committee will work closely with a working group of research scientists from UST to set the research priorities and directions as well as to search for the new director.

■ Advisory Committee
A panel of advisors will give advice on research directions and strategies for the
Center. Together with the Director, this Committee will assist the MOE (Ministry of Education) and the UST Steering Committee in their periodic evaluations of the Center's research progress and operational efficiency. 

Research Theme
The research will initially be based on the current research activities on the campuses. The future direction of the research program will be subjected to the review of the steering committee and will also depend on the recruitment of faculties in desired research areas. In the initial period of Center operation, research priorities be based on the results of review of the proposals submitted by the faculties on the campuses. Current research programs can be divided into four basic areas: 1) Photonic Systems including Ultrafast Photonic Systems and Applications, and Ultra-Broadband and Ultra-Dense Photonic Information Systems; 2) System-on-Chip Technology Design including Nano-CMOS Devices, Circuits and Architectures Co-Design, and System- Level Design and Verification Methodology; 3) Network and Communication including Heterogeneous Wireless Networks and High Speed Switching; and 4) Knowledge Engineering and Digital Content including Applying Radiology Images to Knowledge Management and Problem Based Learning. Discussion sessions and workshops, to the faculties, staff members, postdocs, and students of the UST and by invitation other members of the national and international research community, will provide mechanism for attracting scientists and students to join the program of the Center.
Education Programs
Education is an important responsibility for our Center. By integrating the teaching resources from four top universities, we can provide a breadth of training in advanced information systems and electronics technology that competes with the best efforts in the world. Together, we have the personnel (over 300 faculty members actively involved in research in this field) and the motivation to put forward a comprehensive curriculum in this filed. Students from research universities throughout Taiwan and staff from Taiwan's high-tech industries will be eligible to take courses from any campus of the UST. Some of these courses will be offered on-line. Graduate students in UST will be able to select research subjects jointly supervised by professors in different disciplines from any combination of the four campuses. Flexibility and opportunity will be the hallmarks of our
teaching program.
Collaboration with Other Institutions  
CAISER will seek collaborative opportunities with leading research institutes worldwide. The collaborations take the forms of cooperative research programs, exchange of scholars, exchange of students, information sharing, and resource sharing. In the community of information systems and electronics technology, Taiwan cannot be isolated from the rest of the world. We have been contacted by several leading institutes on advanced information systems and electronics technology to arrange research collaborations. Currently CAISER is collaborating with UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon
University (U.S.A.), UCLA, University of Florida, Sophia University (Spain), and Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), especially in facultly exchange, joint research projects and research seminars in more specific fields/areas of mutual interests, shared access to laboratories, and short-term courses.

The high-tech industries of Taiwan are continually seeking opportunities to expand into advanced product areas. Part of the reason for their past success is their willingness to take risks in new product development. Proximity to Hsinchu Science-Based Industrial Park (HSIP) puts the Center in an ideal position to coordinate the efforts in training, directing, planning, and incubating the related spinoff technologies that these high-tech companies crave. The research outputs from CAISER will easily find application opportunities through cooperation with the development activities of companies in the science park. Technology transfer to industries will not only bring financial benefits to UST, but will also help the Center to focus on technologies that have real applications.

CAISER will also work closely with ITRI, which is the main player in Taiwan for industrial research of information systems and electronics technology, and with Academia Sinica, which is the foremost institution for basic research on the island. NTHU operates a joint center in MEMS and Nanotechnology with ITRI, and Academia Sinica cooperates with the four campuses of UST on a wide variety of basic research problems. Signed agreements exist, and several planning meetings and workshops have been held to discuss issues and research projects of future collaboration in nanotechnology. NCTU and NTHU have also started a training program on communication and networks for ITRI. Fundamental subjects, such as quantum mechanics, solid state physics, optics, communication theory, computer science, microelectronics, as well as advanced courses in computer architectures, VLSI design, SoC design, photonics display systems, wireless communication networks, and bioinformatics will be offered.

Apart from ITRI and Academia Sinica, several nearby national research institutions will also be our partners in the research and development of the advanced information systems and electronics technology. The Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (SRRC), which has the best quality X-ray source in the country, will work with us on surface analysis, structure analysis, and microfabrication. The National Nano Device Laboratory (NDL), which is operated by NSC and located on the campus of NCTU, will collaborate with CAISER on the development of the next generation of nanoelectronic devices. They have many state-of-the-art device processing equipments that will prove to be invaluable. The National Center for Theoretical Sciences (CTS), also under NSC but located on the NTHU and NCTU campuses, will collaborate with us on the theories of nanostructures. The National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), which has the best computing facility in the country, will provide us with the computing power that we need for the related analyses of the advanced research. The Precision Instrument Development Center (PIDC), which is the scientific instrument development center, will cooperate with us on the development and setting up of instruments and laboratories for the Center. Combining the human and instrumental resources of these four national research centers with those at UST, ITRI, and Academia Sinica, we have the oppertunity to make the basic research, applied research, and industrial development of Taiwan in information systems and electronics technology competitive with the best R & D groups in the world.