TAIPEI, Sept. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On the eve of its 30th anniversary, Microsoft Taiwan is pleased to announce that the AI R&D Center in Taiwan, which was established in 2018, is expanding and relocating, a year and a half after its grand opening.
Microsoft is investing more resources into Taiwan's AI industry. In the era of AI, where software and hardware integration are inseparable, Microsoft will continue to work with software and hardware partners to build an AI ecosystem of the next generation and create the next momentum for Taiwan's technology industry through development of pioneering technology.
Wen-Sheng Tseng, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, said at the opening ceremony, "Microsoft spared no effort to work with Taiwan's industry, government and academic circles in technology cooperation." He added, "We are looking forward to seeing that after the expansion and relocation of the Microsoft AI R&D Center, it can drive the next upgrade of Taiwanese AI talents and technology, enhance Taiwan's competitiveness and realize Taiwan's vision of becoming Asia-Pacific AI talent pool."
On the eve of its 30th anniversary, Microsoft Taiwan will continue to collaborate with partners to create Taiwan's technological miracle.
Michael Chang, Director of Microsoft AI R&D Center, further pointed out that the keen perception, teamwork ability, creativity and cross-disciplinary integrated logical thinking of the young talents in Taiwan are impressive. "Since its establishment, the Microsoft AI R&D Center in Taiwan has recruited more than 100 talent, and we are thrilled to expand to a two-story office in a short period of time. The relocation will enable outstanding young talents to work on a world-class team and access top international resources, advanced research and development technologies without leaving Taiwan. The Microsoft AI R&D Center focuses on AI technology research and industrial application development. In the future, it will continue to work with Taiwan's major strategic industry partners to gain an in-depth understanding of AI application needs and assist Taiwan's industries to upgrade easily and transform with AI."
Microsoft AI R&D Center's 3 areas of focus
As the starting point for Microsoft's long-term AI program in Taiwan, the Microsoft AI R&D Center will focus on the following three areas of R&D.
Vincent Shih, Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft and General Manager of Corporate, Legal & External Affairs for Microsoft Taiwan, says: "On the special occasion of Microsoft Taiwan's 30th anniversary, we would like to express our gratitude to our industry, government and academic partners for their long-term support and assistance. In the next 30 years, we will continue to respond to the government's "5+2 Industry Innovation Plan", fully launch AI for industry, expand cooperation with all industries, join hands with Taiwan's industrial partners to enter the era of Industry 4.0 and empower various industries to carry out digital transformation. Together we will help Taiwan to seize the opportunities and advantages in the next wave of the intelligence revolution."
At the opening ceremony, the AI R&D Center demonstrated a series of Microsoft's latest AI technology applications, which can be widely applied in medical, entertainment, retail, security management and other fields. The Microsoft R&D team has developed a number of top technologies for computer vision and deep learning, letting the computer strengthen its role in people's lives and helping people get closer to the world while living life with more wisdom. Microsoft demonstrated the following technologies:
An injection of localized design and sustainable materials will create the ideal office environment for AI research and development.
The Microsoft AI R&D Center office is located in the prime location of the Xinyi District of Taipei with convenient transportation. Construction of the office space used selected materials and focus on environmental protection, green energy and integration into the local culture. It combines Taiwan's unique humanity with Microsoft's corporate culture. The space utilizes the unique features of Yingge pottery, symbolizing a profound history. River-simulation carpeting replicates the sophisticated, underlying beauty of Taiwan. The office is designed to meet the diverse needs of R&D personnel. For example, whiteboards can be seen everywhere in the office so that the R&D team can start brainstorming meetings and deftly discuss and document creative content at any time, inspiring more creative possibilities. A hotel-style lounge provides space for relaxation. The center also comes with nursery room, restrooms friendly to all genders, an accessible restroom and accessible meeting room. There's a friendly working environment as well for women or for people with limited mobility.
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