Taiwan delegation explores potential for Scottish collaboration
A joint workshop between the RSE and the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology is taking place this week. The purpose of the visit is to explore opportunities for exchanging ideas on sensors and imaging and their applications, and to identifying areas for collaboration between scientists in both countries. The visit includes a two-day seminar at the RSE for academics and practitioners, as well as site visits to laboratories at the University of Edinburgh and the health informatics company Aridhia.
Representatives at the seminar include the founder of a wireless IC design company which enabled the world’s first smart phone, Dr. Kwang-Cheng Chen, Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, National Taiwan University.
Sensor systems underpin all the world’s ‘smart’ markets, from digital health and care, to the electricity grid, cities, transport and big data. The sensors and imaging sector in Scotland supports around 160 businesses, employs approximately 16,000 people and is worth an estimated £2.6bn per year.
Sensor system companies represent a key feature of the next wave of Internet-connected devices, and, according to Cisco, are expected to grow to $50bn by 2020.