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Top Notch Research Combines Life and Entertainment—
NTU's New Multi-media Technologies Won International Recognition!!

 NTU's research achievements in the area of information electronics have always been on top of the world. On November 1st the NTU Center for Information and Electronics Technology released its newest achievements under the "Advantaged focus areas en route to the top" project. The Center's remarkable achievements include: the tiling slide show and incidental music dubbing technology that won the best paper award of 2006 ACM conference; the world's first finger-touch computer with microscopic functions; and the one and only TV news search and browse system in the world capable of automatic production of titles, summaries, thematic trees, and table of contents.

 Altogether the NTU Center for Information and Electronics Technology released 13 research achievements to the public, and these achievements fall into three major categories, which are: life and entertainment, visual and interactive, news and information. President Si-chen Lee pointed out in his speech, industrial development is the key to our nation's prosperity, and "digital content" is one of the twin stars of the Executive Yuan's "Two Trillion, Twin Star Program." For the high-tech industries of Taiwan to acquire international competitiveness, the academic circles must walk out of its ivory tower, and integrate its research efforts to improve people's daily life. He emphasized that only by doing so could a university develop research results that were helpful to the industry members. Many NTU research team members participated in the announcement ceremony, including Professor Lin-shan Lee, Professor Ja-ling Wu, Professor Ming Ouhyoung, Professor Homer H.Chen, Professor Yung-yu Chuang, Professor Kuang-hua Chen, and Professor Bing-yu Chen.

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President Si-Chen Lee delivers a speech in the presentation.

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Dr. Lin-shan Lee introduces NTU's new multimedia technology.

 President Si-chen Lee graced the occasion with his attendance and speech. Professor Lin Shan Lee of the Department of Electrical Engineering introduced the various achievements in his briefing.

 In the category of life and entertainment, NTU Institute of Networking and Multimedia Professor Jia-Ling Wu invented the "tiling slide show." In today's digital environment every family, even every single person owns a considerable amount of digital photos which they don't have time to organize. Therefore, the development of a comprehensive system which can automatically organize these digital photos and make them into a slide show fulfills a universal need. In essence, Dr. Wu's invention is unique in that it is able to sort out the digital photos that are related in thematic content and make them into a collage, which, shown in synchronization with the beat of incidental music, could achieve a multiplying visual and audio effect between photos and music.

 This technology won the 2006 Best Paper award in ACM's Multimedia Conference. s it emerged victorious among 100 top papers submitted to the ACM Conference from all over the world, Dr. Wu's invention naturally received critical acclaim from international academia.

 In the visual and interactive category, Professor Yi-ping Hung of the Institute of Networking and Multimedia invented a "finger-touch microscopic desktop computer." his invention is similar in concept to a product which will be put out by Microsoft soon. This desktop computer turns the surface of the desk into a monitoring screen, and the user can operate the computer by a finger touching method, without having to use a mouse or keyboard. The most outstanding feature of this invention is that it has double resolution and can provide microscopic delineation of the areas which the user has selected. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first finger-touch desktop computer with microscopic functions in the world. Its technology include a desktop with double resolution rear projection capability, and the computer visual technology which can detect and track the user's finger movements to achieve intuitive interaction.

 In the news and information category, "The TV news browser" is an invention of Professor Lin-shan Lee of the Institute of Communication Engineering and his team. n view of the overflowing number of TV news channels which make it very difficult for viewers to find the news that they are interested in, Professor Lee and his team ventured to design a system which could automatically identify, analyze, and understand the voice narration in TV news. The system was also able to automatically classify all the TV news, and establish a two dimensional thematic tree in accordance with the contents of the news. Furthermore, it was able to automatically produce comprehensive summaries, titles, and table of contents of the news broadcast, allowing the viewers to browse the news items which suit their interest accordingly.

 "The TV News Browser" is the only comprehensive multimedia voice browsing system known in the world today, and as such it attests to the fact that the Chinese language voice technology tops all other languages in the world, as no other similar systems are to be found in English or any other languages. This technology was invited for open exhibition in over 10 cities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Two of the top global conferences on voice technology, Inter speech and SLT, also cordially extended their invitation to Dr. Lee.

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