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3 NSYSU technologies awarded 2021 Future Tech Awards


The winners of 2021 Future Tech Awards has finally been announced and 3 technologies developed by NSYSU have been awarded! Among the awardees are: Vice President for Research and Development and Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering Chua-Chin Wang, who submitted his project on Autonomous Cruising Unmanned Underwater Vehicle as the Principal Investigator of this project, Professor of the Institute of Environmental Engineering Jimmy C. M. Kao with his project on the “Application of innovative electrolyzed catalytic and nanobubble system for the remediation of petroleum-hydrocarbon contaminated soils and groundwater”, and Professor Ing-Jer Huang of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Principal Investigator of the project “Seeing is believing: Artificial Intelligence Underwater Monitoring and Management for White Shrimp Farming”. The awardees distinguished themselves among over 500 contestants in a fierce competition, winning prize money and trophies. Their praiseworthy achievements in science and technology will be presented online during Taiwan Innotech Expo (TIE) in the Future Tech Theme Pavilion (FUTEX).

The Co-PI of the project of the Autonomous Cruising Unmanned Underwater Vehicle include Professor Hsin-Hung Chen and Associate Professor Yu-Cheng Chou of the Institute of Undersea Technology, Professor Chia-Hung Yeh of National Taiwan Normal University, and Professor Sheng-Chih Shen of National Cheng Kung University. The R&D team pointed out that the developed unmanned autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) included 3D modeling technology, battery power monitoring technology and wireless power transfer between subsystem in AUV, object tracking and obstacle avoidance, navigation and following control system, GPS underwater location system, low complexity frequency domain on ocean floor analysis with AI network, underwater objects detection network, image dehazing network on ground and underwater, underwater image color correction network, underwater objects classification network, underwater optical characteristic algorithm and LED color compensation system.

The “Application of innovative electrolyzed catalytic and nanobubble system for the remediation of petroleum-hydrocarbon contaminated soils and groundwater” is a combination of electrocatalytic and catalytic equipment that applies high voltage and high electric field and uses direct current to change the structure of water molecules and through high voltage discharge, electrocatalytic and electrolytic effects, quickly produce alkaline reduced water, acidic oxidized water and neutral water. Electrocatalytic generation of high concentrations of hydroxyl radical and nanobubbles can be used for organic treatment of contaminated soil and groundwater. The advantages of the technology are: no chemical additives, no need for pH adjustment, no secondary pollution, low operation and maintenance costs, fast treatment, and long-term effectiveness.

The “Artificial Intelligence Underwater Monitoring and Management System” has integrated electronic information technology and aquaculture technology. It utilizes self-developed underwater cameras to monitor and record dynamic images of shrimps in the pond 24/7. Then, the images collected under different light, water quality and turbidity will be enhanced. The system will record and analyze the number, size, activity, and eating status of white shrimp, check the amount of leftover feed on the feeding tray, then manage the feeding strategy and control water quality based on the above analysis. Co-PI of the project included Professor Shiann-Rong Kuang and Associate Professor Yun-Nan Chang of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Professor of the Department of Oceanography and Dean of the College of Marine Sciences Chin-Chang Hung, and Professor Li-Lian Liu of the Department of Oceanography.

The 2021 TIE will be held online from October 14 to 23. Future Tech Theme Pavilion will display around 350 visionary and innovative technologies in precision healthcare, science and technology of outer space, AIoT and smart applications, electricity and photoelectricity, advanced materials and green energy, and interdisciplinary integration. The exhibition will showcase the results of industry-academia cooperation in the government's six core strategic industries, which are an answer to important national issues. To strengthen international connections, the International Zone will exhibit 34 innovative applications from 12 countries, demonstrating trends in science and technology and the industry in the past 3-10 years.

Winners of 2021 FUTEX Future Tech Award:
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