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ITRI and UCLA to Collaborate on AI Robot Development

HSINCHU, Taiwan, Aug. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering today announced a research collaboration to develop AI in robotics. ITRI President Edwin Liu and UCLA Samueli Dean Jayathi Murthy signed an MoU to implement a bridge program that connects academic expertise and industrial applications. This collaboration, scheduled to commence in September, will focus on cultivating top talent to develop state-of-the-art research based on a future AI robotics blueprint. The objective is to accelerate AI industrialization to meet market demand.

“We are happy to take advantage of our combined strengths and spur innovation,” said Dean Murthy. “ITRI is a leading research institution and this collaboration will help connect the latest AI research and technologies.”

Dr. Liu said, “The arrival of Industry 4.0 means that global manufacturing requires large-scale cross-disciplinary technological innovation. Taiwan has a highly-sought industrial base and R&D capacity, and this is an excellent opportunity to introduce smart manufacturing and create blue ocean markets.”

UCLA Samueli ranks among the best engineering schools in the United States and globally, boasting outstanding research achievements and industry-academia collaborations. It is expected that the two sides will jointly develop AI robotic solutions with considerable market value, such as hand tools and sports equipment, which are suited for rapid commercialization.

As a reliable industry partner in R&D, ITRI continues to leverage international resources and identify global opportunities to open up new markets. Since its inception, ITRI has actively cultivated R&D talent and, to date, has over 25,000 alumni, many of whom are renowned business leaders.

About ITRI
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions that aims to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan's industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. It focuses on the fields of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment.

Over the years, ITRI has incubated over 280 innovative companies, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan that extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation. For more information, please visit: http://www.itri.org/eng.

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