A group photo of the honored forum speakers and the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) team. (From left) Chairman I-Jan Chen of SouthPort Corporation, Dr. Jia-Ye Wang of InveStar Corporation, Chairman Chung-Ho Tai of Photonics Industry & Technology Development Association (PIDA,) NYCU President for Research & Development Jin-Wu Tsai, Vice President for Research & Development Zi-Hao Zheng and Vice President for Research & Development Wen-Chuan Kuo of NYCU, Yang Ming Campus, and Chief Executive Officer Hsien-Chih Pei of Center of Academia-Industry Collaboration.
It was a great honor for the Center of Academia-Industry Collaboration of National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU), Yang Ming Campus, to have invited Chairman Chung-Ho Tai of Photonics Industry & Technology Development Association (PIDA) and his team to participate in the 2021 Bio-Navigator Lecture series. Chairman Tai, an outstanding entrepreneur and venture capitalist in Taiwan, and his team shared information on the transition from traditional optics to digital optics in the electronics industry.
A group photo of the forum attendees.
Advanced Optical Technology Transformation
Ever since Chairman Chung-Ho Tai started his own business in 1970, he has witnessed and promoted the rise of the electronics industry chain in Taiwan, including Information Technology (IT,) Semicon and IC Design. A wave of digital electronics transformation has set in in the electronics industry at home and abroad since the pandemic began in 2020. At the same time, he has also discovered that the evolution of technology within the electronics industry related to the optics field is not as fast as the rest of the electronics industry. The development of a complete electronics product/technology requires the coordination between hardware, software, and ecosystems. Chairman Tai has been in the lead in the rising CPU and personal computer era when he started his business 40 years ago. This time, Chairman Tai has faith in the transformation of optical technology and will be playing the role of driving traditional optics' transformation to digital optics.
Current Development and Application of Digital Optics
Regarding the development of digital optics, Dr. Jia-Ye Wang, vice general manager of InveStar Corporation, pointed out that the optical system's structure can roughly be divided into three parts – light source, optical focusing, and optical detection. Adjustment of the resulting images using the traditional optics approaches mostly relies on lens design. However, this method is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and the focus imaging process will be subject to many physical limitations. If the traditional optics approach can be digitized, optical imaging possibilities can be significantly expanded with the help of algorithm.
Regarding the application of digital optics, Chairman I-Jan Chen of SouthPort Corporation said that SouthPort's biological imaging system using digital optical technology and tools could significantly improve biomedical imaging data's resolution and retrieval efficiency. For instance, it often takes researchers a tremendous amount of time to obtain precious imaging data during an experiment using a confocal microscope, which is expensive equipment commonly used in the biomedical field. The application of digital optics technology not only allows us to obtain Super Resolution images, but we can also significantly enhance the speed of image shooting and capture through digital control. Besides, regarding the application of digital optics in precision medicine, the thrust generated via light control can make two lights work like tweezers to control and manipulate a Single Cell under the microscope.
Collaborating with National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University to Create Breakthrough Digital Optics Applications
In recent years, the development of digital optics in hardware and ecosystems has been considered complete. The follow-up breakthrough development of digital optics will rely on its applications in software. Chairman Chung-Ho Tai and his team expected to engage in industry-academia collaboration and talent fostering with NYCU through this forum. They also hoped to combine NYCU's technology and knowledge to create breakthrough digital optical applications together.
After the forum, President Chi-Hung Lin (fourth from the left, front row) has led his NYCU team to engage in a final exchange of ideas and take a group photo with Chairman Chung-Ho Tai and his team.