Industrial Technology Research Institute

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Industrial Technology Research Institute
TypeNot-for-profit research institute
IndustryResearch and development
HeadquartersZhudong, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
Key people
Lee Chih-kung (Chairperson)
Edwin Liu (President)
Number of employees

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI; Chinese: 工業技術硏究院; pinyin: Gōngyè Jìshù Yánjiù Yuàn) is a technology research and development institution in Taiwan.[1] Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan's industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. Its open lab and incubator have fostered emerging industries and startups including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Hsinchu City, Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe,[2] and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world. In 1982, the new Materials Research Laboratories (MRL) was established under Industrial Technology Research Institute and Otto C.C. Lin was appointed as its founding Director.

In response to the world’s rapid changes, ITRI has launched the 2030 Technology Strategy & Roadmap, in which it enhances the development of Intelligentization Enabling Technologies and focuses on Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment.


ITRI Headquarters main plaza
ITRI Headquarters
ITRI Headquarters from above
Secondary Hsinchu campus
Central Taiwan Innovation Campus

Since its founding in 1973 ITRI has been a significant driver of Taiwan's economy, especially its tech industry.[3]

In 2019 ITRI banned all smartphones and computers made by China's Huawei from their internal network for security reasons.[4][5] China's Taiwan Affairs Office reacted negatively to the decision with their spokesperson saying that the decision “jeopardizes the mainland and Taiwan’s regular economic cooperation for political purposes."[6]


1973: Founding of ITRI.

1976: Transferring of IC manufacturing processes to Taiwan.

1977: Establishment of the first IC demonstration foundry in Taiwan, the foundation of the nation's semiconductor industry.

1980: Origination of UMC, a spinoff of ITRI.

1983: Development of IBM-compatible PC leading to prosperity of the IT industry.

1985: Innovating carbon fiber bicycles with Giant Bicycles.

1986: Unveiling photoresist dry film.

1987: Creation of TSMC, the world's largest OEM IC foundry, a spinoff of ITRI.

1987: Establishment of National Measurement Laboratory (NML).

1989: Creation of Mirle Automation Corp., a spinoff of ITRI.

1990: Establishment of Taiwan Notebook PC Consortium.

1990: Development of 3-inch TFT-LCD displays, a breakthrough in large size display R&D.

1991: Introduction of Taiwan's first Fire & Explosion Laboratory.

1993: Establishment of an 8-inch wafer laboratory, an accelerated upgrading of the semiconductor industry.

1993: Commencement of the manufacturing of 8-inch silicon wafers, securing Taiwan's place as a semiconductor manufacturing powerhouse.

1995: Development of the first common car engine and establishment of the automobile engine enterprise CEC.

1995: Becoming the world's third-largest wire cutting machine producer.

1995: Breaking through the barrier for Taiwan's CD-ROM industry.

1996: Establishment of Epistar Corp. to complete the supply chain for the LED industry.

1996: Launching the OpenLab Project.

1997: Innovation of first inkjet printing head in Taiwan.

1999: Establishment of an emergency response information center.

2001: Development of the first linear motor machine tool in Taiwan.

2002: Institution of Phalanx Biotech Group, a spinoff of ITRI.

2002: Discovery of Type 21 Human Collagen.

2002: Introduction of cGMP Chinese Herbal Medicinal Plant.

2004: Establishment of DelSolar Co., a joint venture of Delta Electronics and ITRI.

2005: Establishment of ITRI Southern Region Campus.

2007: Opening of Taiwan's first flexible display production and development laboratory.

2008: Building the first WiMAX Applications Lab in the world.

2009: Introduction of the world's first USB 3.0 thin memory card.

2009: Setting up the first solar power lab in Taiwan.

2010: Designing the pavilion of dreams at Taipei International Flora Exposition by the integration of applied sciences and arts with a focus on humanism.

2010: Establishing Asia's first three-dimensional integrated circuit (3D IC) R&D Laboratory, a new milestone for Taiwan's IC chip technology.

2011: Launch of a new venture capital by Industrial Technology Investment Corporation (ITIC) and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital (MUCAP).

2011: Initiating the Green Campus program and promoting a sustainable living lab for green technologies.

2011: Building Taiwan's first LED ergonomic lighting laboratory to assist the LED industry in developing high-value products.

2012: Signing an MOU with Energy Research Center of the Netherlands to develop green energy applications.

2012: Signing an MOU with KOSBI, Korea for the promotion of bilateral SMEs economic development.

2012: Establishing the Commercialization Advisory Committee (CAC) to promote venture capitals and startups.

2013: Signing the Memorandum of Cooperation Pact with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, marking the first step in innovation-oriented R&D cooperation between Taiwan and Finland.

2013: Creation of ITRI TechVenture Club to foster entrepreneurship in Taiwan's high-tech industries.

2013: Building ITRI Central Taiwan Innovation Campus to drive the industrial development in central Taiwan.

2014: Partnership of laser source companies from Taiwan and Japan through Golden Asia Fund Ventures.

2014: Granting Taiwan Mitsui Chemicals exclusive license to manufacture and sell STOBA.

2015: Launching the new Machine Tools Technology Center to forge CNC industry clusters.

2015: Formulation of the Taiwan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) in Silicon Valley, linking Taiwan's startups to the global chain of technology innovations.

2015: Receiving the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Witness Test Data Program Certification, ensuring ITRI's Fuel Cell Testing Lab as Asia's first UL-certified lab.

2015: Creation of the Smart Microsystems Technology Center and the Laser and Additive Manufacturing Technology Center to bolster IoT and 3D printing.

2016: Launch of the Golden Asia Fund II by the Industrial Technology Investment Corporation (ITIC) of ITRI and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital (MUCAP) to enhance bilateral cooperation between Taiwan and Japan.

2016: Inauguration of the Innovation Campus to strengthen academia-industry ties.

2017: Launch of ITRI-AIST R&D Collaboration Space.

2017: Opening of ITRI GuangFu Innovation Campus.

2018: Establishment of Taiwan-Merck Biopharma R&D & Training Collaboration Program at ITRI GuangFu Innovation Campus.[7]

2018: Signing an MOU with Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) to build an industrial technology demonstration site in Malaysia.

2018: Establishment of the Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center.

2019: Signing an MOU with IDEA Consult to facilitate the cooperative exchange of industrial and technology policies between Taiwan and Europe.

2019: Signing a cooperation agreement with TEPCO Power Grid and Tokyo Gas on Research of Next Generation Energy Metering System.

2019: Establishing the Power Grid Alliance & Academy to promote energy transformation with 25 leading companies and schools.

2019: Unveiling the UK-TW Innovative Industries Research Placement Programme with the British Office Taipei.

2019: Launching a prosthetic reconstruction clinical trial project with Allianz Global and Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital.

2019: Establishment of Taiwan Ophthalmology and Optics Industry Platform.

2019: Licensing the Lignocellulose Fractionation Technology to All Cosmos Bio-Tech.

2019: Signing an MOU with Pöyry to initiate multiple transnational green energy technology projects.

2019: Signing an MOU with the Thai logistics company Panus on the development of electric trucks.

2019: Collaborating with Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation in reinforcing railway system safety and announcing the application of the first bogie running tester in Taiwan.

2019: Establishing an industry-academia network for AI and robotics with UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.

2019: Collaborating with the Taiwan Business Bank and the Small & Medium Enterprise Credit Guarantee Fund of Taiwan to connect technology and capital markets.

2019: Cooperating with Microsoft to develop AI chip technologies.

2019: Unveiling Taiwan No. 0001, Taiwan’s first autonomous car that can be tested in open fields.

2019: Forming the Laser Source Industry Alliance with 13 Taiwanese laser technology companies.

2019: Opening of Shalun Smart Green Energy Science City.

Innovations and applications[edit]

ITRI Intelligent Seawater Desalination System
ITRI-CPCCT Li-Ion batteries

Self driving cars[edit]

As of 2019 self driving cars designed by ITRI had accumulated more than 2,000 km of testing in the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park.[8]


StarFab is a tech accelerator founded by ITRI focusing on innovation in the fields of smart manufacturing, smart medical care, smart finance and smart agriculture.[9] It is headquartered in Taipei with an office in the Tainan Science Park.[10]

R&D Focus[edit]

  • Smart Living involves efforts to integrate technologies in information and communication technologies (ICT), cloud services, big data, etc., to develop smart services, logistics, and next-generation handheld devices.
  • Quality Health focuses on the development of innovative therapeutic biologics, composite medical materials and instruments along with healthcare assistance technologies.
  • Sustainable Environment centers on green energy, smart transportation, biomass, advanced green manufacturing, and disaster relief technologies.
  • Intelligentization Enabling Technology includes AI, semiconductor, communications, cybersecurity, and cloud technologies to support technology breakthrough, and ensure data privacy and information safety.


Name Tenure
Chih-Kung Lee 2017.10.05 to present
Tsung-Tsong Wu 2016.07.22 to 2017.10.04
Ching-Yen Tsay 2010.02.22 to 2016.07.21
Jin-Fu Chang 2008.10.01 to 2010.02.21
Chin-Tay Shih 2008.06.16 to 2008.09.30
Hsin-I Lin 2004.10.01 to 2008.06.15
Cheng-I Weng 2001.03.05 to 2004.09.30
Hsin-I Lin 2000.08.22 to 2001.03.04
Zhen Sun 1995.01.20 to 2000.08.21
Ta-Hai Lee 1994.03.02 to 1995.11.14
Morris Chang 1988.12.09 to 1994.03.01
Shien-Siu Shu 1978.07.01 to 1988.12.08
Chao-Chen Wang 1973.07.01 to 1978.06.30
Name Tenure
Edwin Liu 2018.04.16 to present
Pei-Zen Chang (Interim) 2018.02.15 to 2018.04.15
Jonq-Min Liu 2015.01.26 to 2018.02.14
Jyuo-Min Shyu 2010.04.16 to 2015.01.25
Johnsee Lee 2003.08.28 to 2010.04.15
Chin-Tay Shih 1994.04.19 to 2003.08.27
Otto C.C. Lin 1988.12.09 to 1994.04.18
Morris Chang 1985.08.20 to 1988.12.08
Hien-Chee Fang 1978.08.01 to 1985.08.19
Chao-Chen Wang 1973.07.01 to 1978.07.31


  • 2021 - Edison Awards for AI-Based High Density Shuttle Rack Service System and MetabColor
  • 2021 - Clarivate Top 100 Global Innovator
  • 2021 - CES Innovation Awards for iDarlingWeaR
  • 2020 - R&D 100 Awards for Dye-sensitized cell (DSC) as Energy source of Sensors, Networked Amide Epoxy Polymer Electrolyte for Solid State Lithium-Ion Batteries (NAEPE), and A Smart-Care Solution for Chronic Wound, iSCare
  • 2020 - Judges' Choice of the SCF Awards
  • 2020 - Edison Awards for iKNOBEADS and Celluad
  • 2020 - Derwent Top 100 Global Innovator
  • 2020 - CES Innovation Awards for PECOLA (Personal Companion Robot for Older People Living Alone) and iStimUweaR
  • 2019 - R&D 100 Awards for Reconfigurable and Regulatable Battery Array System (RAIBA), Bionic Knobby Magnetic Beads Manufacturing Technology (iKNOBEADS)
  • 2019 - Derwent Top 100 Global Innovator
  • 2019 - Edison Awards for iRoadSafe[11]
  • 2019 - CES Innovation Awards for Hybrid Power Drone with High Payload and Duration
  • 2018 - R&D 100 Awards for Automatic Police UAV Patrol System, Functional Dyeing Synchronized with CO2 Supercritical Technology, and Portable UVC LED Water Sterilizer System
  • 2018 - Edison Awards for Fluid-Driven Emergency Rescuer (FDER)[12]
  • 2018 - CES Innovation Awards for Intelligent Vision System (IVS) for Companion Robots and Handheld Pesticide Residue Detector
  • 2018 - Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator[13]
  • 2017 - R&D 100 Awards for CoolSo, ChemSEI-Linker, The LCD Waste Recycling System, CINmat, BESTAI, CyperEpi, Power and Thermal-Aware Electronic System Level Platform (PT-ESL), and Prognostic and Health Management Software in Semiconductors (PHM)
  • 2017 - R&D 100 Special Recognition Award in Green Tech for The LCD Waste Recycling System
  • 2017 - Edison Awards for Ultrafast Rechargeable Aluminum Battery (URABat)
  • 2016 - R&D 100 Awards for iSmartweaR, Long-Distance Floating Multi-Screen Head-up Display (HUD) technology, Wearable Walking Assistive Exoskeleton Robot (2WA-EXO), Ultrafast Rechargeable Aluminum Battery (URABat) and SpeedPro
  • 2016 - ITRI wins Grand Prize and Design Recognition Award at Taiwan OpenStack Hackathon for a wearable sensor device that measures muscle signals of violinists
  • 2015 - R&D 100 Awards for Plasmon-Coupled Organic Light-Emitting Diode (PCOLED), Fluid-Driven Emergency Lighting, Higher Sensitivity Tactile-Film System for Wearable Orthosis (HSTS) and PolyE Membrane Technology
  • 2015 - Frost & Sullivan Best Practices New Product Innovation Award for In-Line Compact Thermal Analyzer (ICTA)
  • 2015 - Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators
  • 2014 - R&D 100 Awards for In-Line Compact Thermal Analyzer (ICTA) and High Efficiency Calcium Looping Technology (HECLOT)
  • 2013 - R&D 100 Awards for iAT Technology, FluxMerge, and ButyFix
  • 2012 - The Wall Street Journal's 2012 Technology Innovation Awards for SideLighter and aePLASMA
  • 2012 - R&D 100 Awards for Lignoxy, TEMM, SideLighter, aePLASMA, Light&Light, and AVA-Clamp
  • 2012 - Aviation Week's A&D SIC Award for REDDEX
  • 2011 - The Wall Street Journal's 2011 Technology Innovation Awards for i2R e-Paper and Spray-IT
  • 2011 - ITRI as Excellent Organization, Solar Industry Awards, UK for Solar Radome
  • 2011 - R&D 100 Awards for i2R e-Paper and HyTAC
  • 2011 - Silver Award, The Society for Information Display (SID) Display of the Year Awards (DYA) for ITRI Flexible Substrate for Displays
  • 2010 - Overall Gold, The Wall Street Journal's 2010 Technology Innovation Awards for FlexUPD, Runner-up for MDPS
  • 2010 - R&D 100 Awards for FlexUPD, i2/3DW and REDDEX
  • 2009 - R&D 100 Awards for STOBA
  • 2009 - The Wall Street Journal's 2009 Technology Innovation Awards for FleXpeaker
  • 2009 - iF Design Award for Fluid Driven Lighting System
  • 2009 - Red Dot Design Award for Flexio Radio
  • 2008 - R&D 100 Awards for On-Chip AC LED

See <Honors> for more information.

ITRI Laureates[edit]

In order to recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to technology advancement, industrial development, and betterment of humankind, ITRI inaugurated the honorary ITRI Laureates.

2012 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Morris Chang Chairman of TSMC
Stan Shih Chairman of iD SoftCapital Group
Ding-Hua Hu Chairman of Chien-Pang Venture Capital Corp.
Bruce Cheng Chairman of Delta Electronics Founder and Honorary
Jonney Shih Chairman of ASUSTeK Computer
Suhon Lin Chairman of Chang Chun Group
Tsai Ming-kai Chairman & CEO of MediaTek
Biing-Jye Lee Chairman of Epistar
2013 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Barry Lam Chairman of Quanta Computer
Chih-Yuan Lu President of Macronix
Robert Chen Chairman & CEO of Gloria Material Technology Corp.
Burn J. Lin Vice President of Research & Development in TSMC
2014 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Shien-Chang Chen Vice Chairman of Chang Chun Group
Simon M. Sze NCTU Honorary Chair Professor
Hwa-Nien Yu Chairman of ITRI Advanced Research Advisory Committee Honorary
Eric G. Lean Academia Sinica Academician
Lewis Terman Former IEEE President and IBM Emeritus Researcher
2015 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Ching-Chu Chang Former Chairman of Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation (VIS)
Shang-Yi Chiang Board Advisor of TSMC
Jack Y. Jau Chairman and Founder of Hermes Microvision, Inc.
Cheng-Hai Hung CEO of ECLAT Textile Corporation Ltd.
2016 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Raymond Soong Chairman of Lite-On Group
Chenming Hu TSMC Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Archie Hwang Chairman and CEO of Hermes-Epitek
Houng Sun Chairman and President of Mirle Automation Corporation
Fei-Liang Tsai Vice Chairman and CSO of Elite Material Co., Ltd.
2017 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Chintay Shih Professor of College of Technology Management & Morris Chang Chair Professor, National Tsing Hua University
Yingzhi Gao Founder of Eternal Materials Co., Ltd.
Ming-Kuang Lu Chairman and CEO of Sino-American Silicon Products Inc. and Actron Technology Corp.
2018 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Kang Lung Wang Distinguished Professor and Raytheon Chair in Electrical and computer Engineering development department at UCLA
Jimmy Chu Founder and Chairman of FFG
Matthew Miau Chairman of MiTAC-SYNNEX Group
Yue-Teh Jang Chairman and CEO of Medeon Biodesign
2019 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Patrick Y. Yang Chairman of AbGenomics
Nelson Chang CEO of Taiwan Cement
Arthur Yu-Cheng Chiao Chairman of Winbond Electronics
Chen-Tung Yang Founder and President of Allis Electric Group
Jason Lin Chairman of Formosa Plastics
2020 ITRI Laureates
Name Position at Present Year
Mark Liu Chairman of TSMC
C.C. Wei CEO of TSMC
Chi-Huey Wong Chair Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Scripps Research Institute
Hsiang-Tsung Kung President of Taiwan AI Academy
Yuan-Teh Lee Former superintendent of NTUH and emeritus professor of NTU
Simon Lin Chairman and CSO of Wistron Corp.
Evans S.W. Tu President and CEO of Synnex Technology International Corp.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Company Overview of Industrial Technology Research Institute". Bloomberg. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  3. ^ Tzu-ti, Huang. "ITRI celebrates 46th year as driver of Taiwan tech innovation". Taiwan News. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  4. ^ Everington, Keoni. "Taiwan's ITRI bans Huawei smartphones from network today". Taiwan News. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  5. ^ Jeffrey Wu and Frances Huang, Wei Shu. "ITRI to ban Huawei product users' access to internal network". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  6. ^ Runhua, Zhao. "Beijing Responds to Taiwan Tech Institute's Restrictions on Huawei Devices". Caixing Global. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  7. ^ Hsu, Elizabeth. "Taiwanese research unit, Merck team up on new drug development". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  8. ^ Shin-han, Kwan (25 April 2019). "Self-driving vehicle by mTARC to be tested in Hsinchu". Taipei Times. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  9. ^ Bryan Chuang, Adam Hwang and. "UK accelerator The Bakery sets up Asia operations center in Taiwan". Digital Times. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  10. ^ "FAQ". StarFab. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  11. ^ Yang, Sophia. "Taiwan ITRI wins Edison Awards with world's 1st V2X smart road safety solution". Taiwan News. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  12. ^ Yang, Sophia. "Taiwan's ITRI wins U.S. Edison Awards with life-saving device for firefighter". Taiwan News. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  13. ^ DeAeth, Duncan. "Taiwan's ITRI receives award as a top global innovator for 2017". Taiwan News. Retrieved 13 May 2019.

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