Industrial Technology Research Institute
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|Not-for-profit research institute|
|Industry||Research and development|
|Headquarters||Zhudong, Hsinchu County, Taiwan|
|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. 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 270 companies. In addition to its headquarters in Hsinchu City, Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world.
Since its founding in 1973 ITRI has been a significant driver of Taiwan's economy, especially its tech industry.
In 2019 ITRI banned all smartphones and computers made by China's Huawei from their internal network for security reasons. 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."
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.
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.
Innovations and applications
Self driving cars
As of 2019 self driving cars designed by ITRI had accumulated more than 2,000 km of testing in the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park.
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. It is headquartered in Taipei with an office in the Tainan Science Park.
- 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.
|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|
|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|
- 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
- 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)
- 2018 - CES Innovation Awards for Intelligent Vision System (IVS) for Companion Robots and Handheld Pesticide Residue Detector
- 2018 - Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovator
- 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.
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.|
- Automotive Research & Testing Center
- National Applied Research Laboratories
- Institute for Information Industry
- Taiwan Textile Research Institute
- National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology
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