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ITRI Establishes Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center

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ITRI Establishes Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center

ITRI held an inauguration ceremony for Stephen Su (middle), head of the Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center.
ITRI held an inauguration ceremony for Stephen Su (middle), head of the Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center.

ITRI on July 27th announced the founding of the Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center. Created as a response to the increasing challenges associated with global emerging technologies and trends, the Center will be headed by Stephen Su. ITRI expects that Su’s experience and expertise in multi-disciplinary integration and management will add even greater momentum to the existing innovation-oriented R&D abilities of Taiwan’s industrial, academic and research communities.

ITRI Chairman Chih-Kung Lee remarked that ITRI is a locomotive driving industrial innovation and transformation and is instrumental in enhancing the nation’s competitiveness. One of ITRI’s foremost missions is to assist local industry in accessing international scientific and technological resources. Consequently, the Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center will serve as a conduit for cooperation among various organizations under the ITRI umbrella, while at the same time helping to integrate technologies from various disciplines outside of ITRI. Chairman Lee anticipates that the new Center will leverage the existing solid cooperative foundation between the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) and academic and research institutions in the U.S., Japan and other nations, to expand ITRI’s capacities through its overseas branches. This will further strengthen the R&D cooperation between ITRI and the world’s leading research organizations, thereby forging new strategic international partnerships, he said.   

At the inauguration ceremony, ITRI President Edwin Liu stated that how to effectively stay in step with the international community and embrace the opportunities and challenges of globalization have been important topics in national development among many countries and are crucial in raising corporate competitiveness. With this in mind, ITRI will focus not only on expanding technology applications with blue ocean possibilities, but also will, in conjunction with the founding of the Center, emphasize four important missions: Technology Scouting; Ecosystem Networking; Strategic Partnering; and Capability Boosting. President Liu expressed his hope that broad-based cooperation with leading edge international R&D organizations will achieve the goals of connecting the worldwide innovation ecosystem and creating state-of-the-art technology market applications.   

Stephen Su was appointed as ITRI’s Vice President and General Director of the new Center.Stephen Su was appointed as ITRI’s Vice President and General Director of the new Center.

Newly appointed Vice President and General Director Su received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and his MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and Electrical Engineering MSc from California Institute of Technology. He entered ITRI in 2009 and has served as the General Director of IEK. Su is also the Chairman of the Cloud Computing & IoT Association in Taiwan’s Policy and Legal Committee and the Asia Pacific Industrial Analysis Association. He holds multiple patents in power switching control and mobile phone applications, has specific expertise in organizational performance and change, and is responsible for creating forward-looking technology blueprints, corporate competitiveness strategies, and operations procedures re-engineering. In his tenure with IEK, he has led his team in focusing on key topics in Taiwan’s industrial and technology development, such as the circular economy, chipset design & the semiconductor industry, and advanced production practices in the U.S. He has interacted with the government and industry, providing a range of strategic suggestions and in recent years has also worked with ITRI laureates in jointly promoting strategies on smart city applications and services.

Su stated that Taiwan industry must set its sights on the global market and that ITRI will serve as an important intermediary among the industrial, academic, and research communities, helping these sectors develop in line with international trends and expand export opportunities. He therefore hopes that the Center serves as not only a strategic partner to research bodies within ITRI but also a world-class think tank. In the future, it will promote international cooperation strategies to assist the 5+2 Industrial Innovation Plan and will also strengthen research teams stationed overseas in collaboration with benchmark international science and technology R&D institutions. This strategic cooperation will foster the joint creation of ecosystem alliances and assist Taiwan industry in accessing blue ocean markets associated with innovative technology applications, he said.