With new applications such as artificial intelligence and 5G, computing will infiltrate into all walks of life. In the future, the School of Computing will be established in the Cheng Kung Innovation Center - MACRONIX Hall, combining computing science, AI, data science and related disciplines, to become an interdisciplinary school. Technology can be integrated into other disciplines. Graduates from this school will have the ability combined computing science with other discipline. Not only create the value to enterprises, but these technologies are very likely to change society and become an important key to solve problems for all mankind.
──MACRONIX Electronics Chairman Miin Wu (donation ceremony at Cheng Kung Innovation Center - MACRONIX Hall)
In recent years, due to the extraordinary performance of Deep Neural Network (DNN) such as video recognition and natural language processing, and AlphaGo defeated the world champion at the board game Go. Artificial intelligence (AI) has once again attracted the worldwide attention as people deeply understand the influence of AI on the future technology and society. Various data and market information also clearly reveal that due to the continued improvements of Big Data and computing capabilities, AI has become an inevitable trend of technology development. Many domestic resources are also devoted, hoped to quickly integrate with this new wave, as well as international developments. In just a few years, the term AI has become a buzzword known to most people. It is believed that driven by rapidly evolving technology and various demands, there will be more fascinating new applications will soon be launched.
Regardless of the operation model of AI in the market, the key to success is the implementation of interdisciplinary integration, deepening critical basic technologies and the cultivation of basic theories such as computing, statistics and numerical analysis. If you thoroughly analyze the elements of AI development, you can fully understand the importance of cultivating talents. Looking back, the reason why Taiwan can stand out of the semiconductor industry and play a decisive role is the comprehensive semiconductor industry chain supported by government policies. What is more important is the technique talent cultivation system which constantly support the research and development manpower, and attracted international enterprises to set up branches in Taiwan. If we explore Taiwan ’s semiconductor industry, from early OEM to the success pattern of following specifications and efficiency.
We can tell that the needs of AI talents who can be innovative and interdisciplinary should have different talent cultivation thinking and operating mechanisms. Review the current AI promoting strategies. Although the current strategies and guidelines in Taiwan include various plan like innovative applications, interdisciplinary promotion and talent cultivation. Most of them focus on solving the unilateral needs, and resources were either overlapped or dispersed. With the limitation and dilemmas that cannot be broken in the existing framework. Taiwan has missed out on the best opportunities, and we should take more efficient and proactive steps in the face of the rapidly developing AI field.
In August 2019, Miin- Wu, Chairman of MACRONIX has announced the decision to donate NT $ 420 million to National Cheng Kung University for the establishment of the Cheng Kung Innovation Center - MACRONIX Hall. As mentioned by the Principal of NCKU, Jenny Su, at the launching ceremony." To achieve a great event depends on the great timing. Facing the challenges of oncoming AI technology and innovative applications, NCKU will adopt the development strategies of MIT Schwarzman College of Computing (An interdisciplinary talent training program mainly sponsored by Stephen A. Schwarzman) and Carnegie Mellon University(CMU). Taking into account the current educational environment in Taiwan and the advantages of NCKU 's existing nine colleges' diverse discipline. Try to propose a fundamental solution, create a new era of interdiscipline and AI talent cultivation, and set a paradigm in Taiwan. The preparation for the School of Computing was officially launched thanks to the support of this donation and the testimony of nine colleges’ representatives. The significance of this declaration was not only that NCKU is ready to take up the challenges of interdisciplinary and innovative applications. Furthermore, we want to actively break through the existing education framework, flip the model of higher education to cultivate innovative technical talents. Our students will be qualified with substantial influence and outstanding competitiveness in the AI generation. We knew that this was not an easy task, but we decided to do it nevertheless because we deemed it a necessary and unavoidable responsibility for a top-tier university.
As an institution of higher education, NCKU has always been dedicated to the mission of cultivating domestic elite talent, and spares no effort in coordinating resources and talents in industry, government, academia and research area. Whether it is the response to social crisis, promotion of industrial innovation, the ranking among international universities or the high regard by the domestic industry, etc., the remarkable outcomes we have shown are obvious to all. In the face of ever-changing international trends, we must remain flexible and always be conscious, reflect on our own shortcomings, and have the courage to make reforms.
Therefore, confronting the AI computing trend, NCKU hopes that we will become the benchmark for promoting the various computing capabilities and implementation of interdisciplinary applications through the soft school mechanisms and the innovative talent cultivation program in Taiwan. Try to integrate existing resources and planning related development, including basic theory and mathematics, statistics core skills to enhance the competitiveness and uniqueness of various applications. Further, cultivate elites with "demand analysis" and "specification" capabilities who are good at interdisciplinary system integration and implementation to solve practical problems and promote social well-being.
With this school and affiliated research centers, we will contribute to promote the digital transformation of traditional industries and the innovation of the technology industry. We will also rely on ILP and transnational cooperation to establish strong international industry chains. Provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary environment, and cultivate innovative talents with dual expertise (specific discipline and computing). Related concepts are under the support and commitment of President Jenny Su and the planning of Vice President Cheng-Wen Wu. Relevant concepts have been recognized and encouraged by important industry leaders such as MACRONIX Chairman, Miin Wu, Delta Electronics Honorary Chairman, Bruce C.H. Cheng, Compal Vice Chairman, Jui-Tsung Chen, Qisda Chairman, Peter Chen, Google Taiwan General Manager, Lee-Feng Chien, and Institute of Information and Communication Technology of ITRIs Superintendent, Tzi-Cker Chiueh the and other important industry leaders’ recognition and encouragement. School of Computing will continue to integrate the strengths of the private sector to support the preparatory process and the future management of the School.
School of Computing will implement AI computing technology after the model of top-tier universities, such as MIT and CMU. Adopt their best practices to establish the innovative concept that is distinct from the current education system and provide comprehensive " interdisciplinary integration" education and research environment. In addition to responding to the trend of various AI applications, it also emphasizes providing competitive talent training programs from the aspects of basic science education, technology research, and social needs. Our aim is to realize the vision of the School: " Use advanced computing technology to solve practical problems and build a better society with cultivating interdisciplinary talents who have specialization and computing expertise.
The school has the following goals:
1. Bilingual: Cultivate innovative talents with dual expertise in various disciplines and computing, and be capable of conducting demand analysis and system design in specific application areas.
2. Interdisciplinary: Based on NCKU's nine colleges’ existing advantages, links external resources of industry, academia and research, and provides a comprehensive as well as application-oriented environment.
3. System Integration: Encourage students to participate in and reflect on social issues, and develop capabilities of interdisciplinary communication, demand analysis, and system specification. Through the implementation of specific topics to acquire the best solutions of system integration, which can have positive impact on society and the world.
4. Industrial / International-Liaison: With the pragmatic and active elite computing school, strengthen industrial links to link up with the world. Focus on education as well as R&D of computing science, technique and applications that meet social demand.
In order to cope with the trend that numerous disciplines will depend on computing, the teaching philosophy is bound to integrate multiple disciplines’ applied courses and related professional training. Different from the appeal of the existing computing department (deepened and specialized in developing its technology), our school has degree program with perfect matching mechanism and operating model designed to reach the interdisciplinary goals. Relevant curriculum planning is based on application-oriented, computing skills. The educational and research tasks of the faculty and the students are also conducted with the same focus. As the first domestic newly-created school of computing, we have summarized our features as follows：
‧ Application-oriented research and interdisciplinary programs
‧ Balanced operating model between self-funding and government resources
‧ Membership-based Industrial Liaison Program (ILP)
‧ Interdisciplinary Research Centers
‧ Highly flexible degree programs
‧ Innovative international and industrial connection