What is Taiwan AI Labs

Taiwan AI Labs (AILabs.tw) is a privately funded research organization based in Taipei. We expect artificial intelligence to have major and transformative impacts on the landscape of technology, and our goal is to leverage unique advantages in Taiwan to build AI solutions to solve the world’s problems.

We collaborate with local and central governments to bring machine intelligence to city aspects including environment and transportation.

We leverage Taiwan’s comprehensive medical data and work with doctors and top scientists to solve complex human health problems.

We’re exploring new user experiences for the age of AI. We work on social natural conversations, Image recognition, text and AI music.

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOVERNMENT

Taiwan AI Labs was announced with Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) on April 27th 2017. MOST Minister Chen Liang-gee said the lab will help strengthen AI expertise and innovation-based growth in line with major state investments in digital infrastructure. The government planed to allocate NT$5 billion (US$167 million) toward building AI infrastructures and promoting tech talent cultivation under the Cabinet’s eight-year Forward-looking Infrastructure Program (FIP). Taiwan Digital Minister Audrey Tang, a noted computer programmer and digital entrepreneur hope that Taiwan AI Labs will help promote AI technology and integrate local academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations and small and medium enterprises through data exchange and open source projects. 

 

WHY TAIWAN?

Taiwan maintains the largest share of global IC wafer fab capacity in the world and the National Health Insurance reform in 1995 has aggregated comprehensive medical data for more than 20 years. As cloud and IoT innovations support insightful data collecting capability and digitized data drives AI research, AILabs.tw is at the forefront of data innovation.

Taiwan has an abundance of local talent in AI. National Taiwan University is the first school from Asia shown in top 50 AI universities list (source: Netease Wuzhen AI Summit Top Influential AI School, 2016 report), and we believe that with highly educated talent and strong academic partnerships, we will achieve incredible results.

Founder

Ethan Tu

Former principal development manager at US-based tech giant Microsoft Corp, Ethan is well-known as the founder of PTT, which has grown into one of Taiwan’s most influential online forums since its launch in 1995.

Leadership

Alphabetical order by first name

Human Interaction

李宏毅 Hung-Yi Lee

李琳山 Lin-Shan Lee

孫   民   Min Sun

陳縕儂 Yun-Nung Chen

楊奕軒 Yi-Hsuan Yang

Health Care

陳倩瑜 Chien-Yu Chen

阮雪芬 Hsueh-Fen Juan

蔡懷寬 Huai-Kuang Ysai

劉庭祿 Tyng-Luh Liu

Smart City

莊永裕 Yung-Yu Chuang

王鈺強 Yu-Chiang Wang

Recent Blogs

The Challenge of Speaker Diarization

Introduction Speaker Diarization is the task to partition audio recordings into segments corresponding to the identity of the speaker. In short, a task to identify “who spoke when”. Speaker diarization can be used to analyze audio data…

Lyrics-free Singing Voice Generation

The conventional approach to generate singing voices is through singing voice synthesis (SVS) techniques. A human user feeds lyrics and MIDI scores (a sequence of notes) to a well-trained SVS model, and the model generates audio recordings following…
Architecture of MuseMorphose

MuseMorphose: Music Style Transfer with A Transformer VAE

At Taiwan AI Labs, we are constantly pushing the frontier of deep music generation models. In the past year, we have rolled out Guitar Transformer (blog), which can compose human-readable guitar tabs with plausible fingerings, and Compound…

It is Enough to Take Only One Image: Re-exposure Images by Reconstructing Radiance Maps

Fig. 1 (Left) original image (Middle) result image of adjusting the brightness directly (Right) result image of adjusting the exposure on our reconstructed radiance map. Nowadays, more and more people like to take pictures with smartphones…

360° Depth Estimation

360° videos provide an immersive environment for people to engage, and Taiwan Traveler is a smart online tourism platform that utilizes 360° panoramic views to realize virtual sightseeing experiences. To immerse users in the virtual world,…

The Magic to Disappear Cameraman: Removing Object from 8K 360° Videos

360° video, also known as immersive video, has been increasingly popular and drawn great attention nowadays since it unlocks unlimited possibilities for content creators and encourages viewer engagement. One representative application which…

“Taiwan AI Federated Learning Alliance” encourages AI advancement while protecting privacy rights

The Taiwan AI Federated Learning Alliance launched today was created to encourage AI advancement while protecting privacy rights. Taiwan’s achievements in the deployment of technology for epidemic prevention and in federated learning have attracted global attention.

Azoospermia with Deep Learning Object Detection

Introduce Azoospermia Azoospermia is a medical term implying the condition of no measurable sperm in a man’s semen. It is also the main challenge in male infertility. Azoospermia could be divided into two classes, including obstructive…

Compound Word Transformer: Generate Pop Piano Music of Full-Song Length

Over the past months, we attempted to let transformer models learn to generate full-song music, and here is our first attempt towards that, the Compound Word Transformer. A  paper describing this work is going to be published as a full paper…