Issue: Jan 2012


NCKU Scholars Envision Smart Cars to Boost Car Manufacturing Industry



by Alan Tran

An engineer-based research group convened by Yen Tjing Ling Industrial Research Institute of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in southern Taiwan presented innovation ideas and technology for the use of car industry at a recent workshop on small cars technology.

Pao-Shan Yu, director of Yen Tjing Ling Industrial Research Institute and dean of Engineering College of NCKU, said in a time when customers long for vehicles that are more human-oriented, it will take interdisciplinary efforts to advance the car industry.

“We organized the workshop so that recent research results by faculty across disciplines of NCKU might help uplift vehicle manufacturing technology and skills,” added Yu.

For example, as Prof. Jhing-fa Wang of Electrical Engineering explained, “Even though world-renowned car manufactories such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Volvo are equipped with voice command system, NCKU’s research in the application of speech identification and sound recognition is still a breakthrough.”

The speech identification system can be operated not only in English and Chinese but in dialects such as Taiwanese and Hakka. Also, the language style comes in dialogues rather than in commands.

“The leading role of Taiwan in car industry is expected when the development of software is ahead of both Japan and America,” said Chih-Yung Chen, Professor of Chemical Engineering.

Chen said that the vehicle market in China is growing significantly and when Taiwan obtains the edging technology in speech identification and other effective systems, the profit will be substantial.

The research of the workshop includes the findings regarding speech identification system by Prof. Wang, hydraulic shock absorbers by Ming-Chang Shih, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and damage analysis of auto parts by Prof. Hwa-Teng Lee of Mechanical Engineering.

The workshop was attended by participants from not only departments of automation engineering at 8 colleges but 24 automakers. The exchange of ideas and experience between universities and car industry was fruitful.


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