Established in 1998, the Wind Engineering Research Center at Tamkang University (WERC-TKU) is the leading wind engineering research institute in Taiwan. The goal of WERC-TKU is to pursue academic excellence and provide solutions to engineering practices. Our research team covers a wide range of areas in the field of wind engineering, such as tall building aerodynamics, cable supported bridges, large span roof structures, mitigation of wind-induced vibration, indoor and urban ventilation, wind tunnel testing, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation, full scale monitoring, Information Technology (IT) applications, and wind code developing. Over the past decade, the center’s reputation has grown. It has conducted research for various government agencies, such as the National Science Council (NSC) and the Architecture and Building Research Institute (ABRI), and held numerous international conferences, workshops and seminars. In terms of engineering practice, aside from conducting wind tunnel tests for pedestrian comfort evaluation and design wind load, the center has also developed a user-friendly system that conforms to current Taiwanese wind code practice. This wind code system has been made available for free public use and has received positive feedback from many design practitioners. The long term objective of the center is to become a world renowned wind engineering research institute and a first class wind engineering solution provider for the local wind engineering community.
From its founding over 60 years ago, TKU has recognized the importance of water resource development. It has continuously worked to establish departments related to the field of water resources, and to train and nurture talented water resource professionals. As the problems and challenges to do with water resources in Taiwan grow ever more complex and difficult to solve, the need to examine, analyze, and apply solutions from other countries facing similar problems has emerged. To facilitate the development of a new era of water resource policies and management systems, in 1999 TKU established the Center for Water Resources Management and Policy Research, with a mandate to advance the theoretical understanding of public policy issues in water management, to monitor the trends and changes in the hydrological environment on a long-term basis, and to support the water policy making process. WRMPRC conducts research on issues to do with hydrologic technology, policy planning, public affairs, policy promotion, agricultural water resources, environmental and natural resources, and information systems development. With the objective of tackling new and challenging research projects, the Center offers services in policy evaluations, policy promotion, and technical planning to both government agencies and the private sector. WRMPRC’s ultimate goal is to be recognized as an indispensable think tank for the development of national water policies.
The Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center
Established in 2011, the Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center is an interdisciplinary research center that employs specialists from the TKU departments of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science and Information Engineering. The center’s objectives are to undertake projects in accordance with the national development strategy for intelligent automation, to integrate resources efficiently to conduct research and development in automation and robotics, and to enhance Taiwan’s international competitiveness in the automation and robotics industry. The center’s major tasks include: conducting research and development in the field of intelligent automation and robotics, carrying out personnel training, strengthening ties between Tamkang and related industries, promoting academic exchange and cooperation at home and abroad, and providing consulting services for the design and development of industrial automation and robotics. Research efforts involve integrating specialized knowledge from the fields of mechatronics, robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), sensing and perception, machine learning, machine vision, human machine interfaces, embedded systems, information control, and other areas to advance the level of technology in the field of automation and robotics. The center’s vision is to partake in long-term collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and related industry partners to commercialize newly discovered technologies and to produce robots that will prove useful in the real world. The center intends to promote these new technologies in new markets, thereby creating a vehicle for Taiwan’s future economic growth.
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With a belief in non-discriminating education, in 1969 Dr. Clement C.P. Chang, founder of Tamkang University, took the unprecedented step of accepting visually impaired students into the Department of Chinese. With guidance and support from the Ministry of Education, Tamkang has since been dedicated to the research and development of adaptive computer systems for the visually impaired, from designing the hardware for the Braille Touch Screen and the Intelligent Sound Synthesizer, to inventing software for the Instant Chinese Braille Two-Way Translator and the Book-without-Words Input Method.
It has also helped to design and implement a number of other significant projects: training programs for adaptive computer systems used by the visually impaired, construction and maintenance of websites used by the visually impaired, the design of a Chinese-based E-library for the visually impaired, the provision of counseling services and the building of a learning assistance center for visually impaired university students. Thanks to these developments, visually impaired students are now able to read, write and surf the Internet by using adaptive computer systems. The technology not only helps them to learn, but also sets a foundation for their future employment.
In recent years, the center has started to work with the public sector, social groups and industry to help create job opportunities for the blind. In 2009, TKU teamed up with the telecommunication industry, establishing Taiwan’s very first customer service center to hire exclusively blind employees. It then collaborated with the Taipei City Government to create a “Visually Impaired Customer Service Team” that would answer enquires made through the 1999 Citizen Hotline. Under the initiative, TKU provided training, selection, counseling, and business analysis services; it developed special customer service headsets for the blind and offered online internship programs. In August 2012, the Visually Impaired Customer Service Team began working to answer the public’s enquires. Through this process, TKU demonstrated the successful gains that can be made through cooperation between academia, industry, and government.
Thanks to arrangements made by the Ministry of Education, on May 22, 2013, the President of Paraguay, Dr. Luis Federico Franco Gómez, and first lady Emilia Alfaro de Franco visited the TKU Center of Resources for the Blind. President Gómez led a 17-member delegation and was accompanied by the ambassador to Paraguay (and TKU alumnus), José María Liu. While at the Center, President Federico Franco Gómez was presented with a computer for visual-impaired users, a symbolic token to promote disability services globally. Following the presidential visit, the Center received a letter of gratitude from the first lady, who expressed approval of the Center’s work.
The Innovative Center for Cultural and Creative industries, also known as the ‘Culture and Creative Center’, is Tamkang University’s primary portal to the cultural and creative industry. It provides students with knowledge and training in the industry, promotes ties between academia and business, and works to develop and expand the cultural and creative industry in Taiwan. The center’s logo creatively depicts the Chinese characters for “lance” and “shield”. In a symbolic sense, the lance represents creativity, while the shield is knowledge. The Center uses creativity and knowledge to integrate academia and business; the humanities and science.
Internally, the Center carries out research and development in the hope of contributing to the culture and creative industry. Externally, the Center provides a range of services. It conducts research for the government and public service sector and offers essential business solutions to local enterprises, such as market research, business referrals, intellectual property management, and venture capital.
At present, the Culture and Creative Center is working to establish a platform that integrates academia and business and expands the influence of Taiwanese businesses in the culture and creative industry globally.
The center was established in 1998. The core objectives are to use the school’s advanced information, plentiful instructors, experimental facilities, space and the cooperative experiences of industry and university to provide innovative small and medium enterprises with an excellent nurturing environment, and moreover conduct entrepreneurship courses and activities that let students and alumni engage each other and successfully start up an undertaking. The center has won the Best Choice Award for Meritorious Incubation Center and the Youth Entrepreneurship Award from the Small and Medium Enterprises Administration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and continues to play the role of a bridge of collaboration among schools, government and business. By means of expert consultation and guidance, university and industry commissioned research and development, academic and industrial intermediated exchange, entrepreneurship courses, and workshop activities, the center has not only accumulated abundant cooperative experience between the university and industry but also in the last 16 years has already successfully helped more than one hundred small and medium enterprises to grow and thrive. As well the center has assisted enterprises in the six important areas of business management, business information, nurturing space, expert consultation, marketing promotion, and fund raising; the center’s fostering of enterprises furthermore has repeatedly won governmental awards and affirmation.
The center also has united the capacities of the of research and development office, and the alumni office to assist in applying for government plans, and university and industry cooperation. Enterprises have by means of the center founded and supported “Tamkang University Cross-Industry Association” mutually supported and exchanged research and development technology, and business information. For the past few years besides the important points of information service and culture creation for industrial development, the center has more vigorously helped the alumni, teachers and students to start undertakings. The center has from the three campuses of Taipei, Tamsui and Lanyang extended to China’s Xiamen, Japan's Okinawa and other places by means of symposiums and visits its cooperative territory to the international arena in hopes that it can expedite the development of future enterprises that are rooted in Taiwan but have an international vision to stimulate diverse sparks elsewhere.
Over the past several decades, Tamkang University has constantly emphasized research related to Europe. Given the prosperous development of the European Union since its formation at the beginning of the 20th century, the Center for European Studies was established to strengthen the level of research conducted on the European Union (EU) and to enhance the general public’s understanding of the EU. Its tasks include undertaking research projects on the EU, and working with the Graduate Institute of European Studies, Tamkang University, and the European Union Centre in Taiwan (EUTW) to organize academic activities and outreach programmes, such as EU lectures and forums, as well as the renowned EU Summer/Winter School Programme and annual EU Week activities.
Haruki Murakami Research Center
Murakami research in Taiwan has already been done for years and is a unmistakable trend. Thus the Japanese department set up the Haruki Murakami Research Room in 2012 in order to sustain a deep level of Haruki Murakami research, to strengthen academic cooperation and good relations outside of the university with Japan and other international organizations, and to make Tamkang University become an important site guiding the world in Haruki Murakami research and promote related research. Tamkang University set the mark by starting the first Haruki Murakami Research Center in all of Taiwan in 2014; the center formally started operations and promotes the study of Haruki Murakami and writes a new milestone in Taiwan for research related to Haruki Murakami. The center has continuously for the last three years held international conferences on Haruki Murakami hosting scholars from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, etc. for joint discussions about Haruki Murakami. In 2014 the center especially invited very important scholars in the area of Haruki Murakami research: University of Tokyo Professor Yoichi Komori and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Professor Shibata Shoji. From June to September on the first floor of the Tamkang University Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library in the reading area’s long term exhibition is the “Haruki Murakami Book Exhibit” (including non-book materials). The College of Foreign Languages and Literatures has already planned in the second semester of the 2014 academic year to offer a two credit “Haruki Murakami Lecture Course” in the core courses curriculum “The Study of Literary Classics.” In 2015 the Fourth International Conference on Haruki Murakami will be convened in Kokura Kyushu, Japan and will exhibit the strength of TKU’s Haruki Murakami research. In the future the center will continue to enrich the software and hardware facilities and books required for research, will design related curriculum to open this area of study up, will coordinate all the related Haruki Murakami research domestically and abroad, will cooperate with other international Haruki Murakami research organizations to promote Haruki Murakami research, and will set dates for convening related academic symposia.
In a cross-disciplinary research development, Tamkang has transformed the art of calligraphy by developing an e-Calligraphy system that allows for calligraphy writing without the conventional requirements—paper, writing brushes, ink stones and ink sticks. With an “e-brush,” users can write on a digital writing pad with different size and thickness strokes. The technology also features a “repeat” function that allows you to replay the creation of your artwork, stroke by stroke. The system is compatible with Power Point, video, audio recording and other multimedia functions. It can also be used for instructional purposes, such as assisting teachers in arithmetic or grammatical analyses, explanations and corrections.
This new system can also be applied to different languages and to the instruction of physical and engineering courses. It facilitates analysis of class topics, repeated interpretations, and error-correction. In this way, it encourages interaction between teachers and students in a classroom environment, while removing the need for conventional calligraphy tools. The system demonstrates the true potential of the current electronic age.