Chief Data Officer Dr. Hood Chang attended the unveiling ceremony and platform demo of the Sustainability Smart City Command and Monitoring Center.

The Sustainability Smart City Command and Monitoring Center of National Chung Cheng University held its unveiling ceremony today (7th). The Chief Data Officer Dr. Hood Chang of Vpon attended the ceremony on behalf of the company and shared his insight and observation of trends in the field of big data of Vpon. The company will support important national-level AI research programs and assist National Chung Cheng University to promote the future development of sustainable and smart cities.

The development of smart cities has become a global trend. Governments around the world are committed to the goals of using the technologies of IoT, cloud computing, big data, AI, and others to govern their cities, so as to facilitate the early achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Vpon founder and CEO Victor Wu has been invited by Professor Po-An Hsiung, the director of the Sustainability Smart City Command and Monitoring Center of National Chung Cheng University to serve as an advisory committee member for the AI research program of the National Science and Technology Council on “AI Research Program Responding to National-Level Challenges: Design of Sustainability Smart City Command and Monitoring Center” to contribute his opinions as an industry practitioner, and he also believes that Taiwan should be a pioneer in promoting the smart city initiatives. Vpon Chief Data Officer Dr. Hood Chang, also one of the advisory committee members, represented the company to attend the unveiling ceremony of the Sustainability Smart City Command and Monitoring Center of National Chung Cheng University, showing the company’s focus on smart city issues.

The research project led by Professor Po-An Hsiung of the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering of National Chung Cheng University has funding of more than NT$18 million. He also leads the interdisciplinary team to work on three objectives, the establishment of a trustworthy AI platform, AI and human society, rule of law and governance, and applications of sustainability of smart cities. The research team will help the government and the people implement smart city data governance (trustworthy AI detection and data and modeling services), automatic deployment of AI models, image enhancement technology (haze removal and low-light image enhancement), edge computing smart drones (virtualized hardware and dynamically adjustable artificial intelligence computing framework), robust traffic monitoring and environmental pollution monitoring (multi-camera vehicle tracking and hyperspectral image monitoring for air and river pollution) and other core technologies, and will complete relevant inspection standards and resolve various city issues in terms of rule of law and governance.

The project has been in progress for one year. While using technology to resolve problems, the research team pays attention to issues such as equality, rule of law, good governance, citizen trust, and privacy. Many law amendment issues such as human rights and rule of law are also discussed. Only trustworthiness can lead cities to a future of sustainability, and create a smart city that achieves the well-being and trust of residents. Vpon hopes to continue deepening collaboration and interaction with the university, and jointly create a successful model of smart cities in Taiwan on issues such as sustainable development, traffic, environmental protection, and net-zero carbon emissions, and become a global benchmark.


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