In 1990, seeing that promoting the development of automation technology has effectively enhanced the quality and competitiveness of Taiwan’s industrial products, the Executive Yuan ordered the Science and Technology Advisors Office (today’s Department of Industrial Technology) to set a 10-year agenda for the Industrial Automation Promotion Project. The project aimed to automate 4 industries: agriculture, manufacturing, construction, and business, which were implemented by 7 divisions, each being in charge of talent, technology, finance, agriculture, construction, business and manufacturing. The Ministry of Education, in charge of the division of talent, started the Training Project for Talents of Agricultural Automation in 1991.
In response to the Training Project, National Taiwan University (NTU) decided to establish the Education Center for Agricultural Automation in August 1992 after discussing in 12 advisory committee meetings, which became today’s Education and Research Center for Bio-Industrial Automation (ERCBA). The Center coordinates matters concerning the teaching of agricultural automation.
The Center belongs to the College of Bioresources and Agriculture. Its Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from each department in the College with the Dean of the College being the Coordinator, responsible for drafting and evaluating work plans. Besides offering courses, purchasing equipment, and maintaining facilities, the Center also provides user instructions on certain equipment or facilities, technical consulting service, and advice on course selection.
The Education and Research Center for Bio-Industrial Automation under the College of Bioresources and Agriculture at National Taiwan University was established in August 1992. Named as the Education Center for Agricultural Automation in the beginning, the Center was originally founded in order to coordinate matters concerning the teaching of agricultural automation so that resources at hand may be integrated and shared.
As its objective adjusted in different periods, the Center has been renamed twice. It was renamed the Education and Research Center for Agricultural Automation the first time in May 1997 to promote researches on agricultural automation and the Education and the Research Center for Bio-Industrial Automation the second time in August 2005 to better meet the trend and needs of the society. Today, the Center has made cultivating talents specialized in the production, manufacturing, promotion, management, and research of bio-industry its main mission, which may reduce the demand for manpower and lead Taiwan to an overall upgrading in bio-industry in the long run.
Introduction to the Bio-Industrial Automation Program
National Taiwan University is a comprehensive university with fine departments and institutes of all fields. The program design was thus able to incorporate all relevant courses in NTU, making the best of the resources at hand. Besides professional courses offered by the College of Bioresources and Agriculture, courses about automation technology offered by the College of Engineering and courses about management, decision, and planning and evaluation offered by the College of Management are also included so that program students are provided sufficient professional knowledge and a more holistic view on bio-industrial automation. In addition, we also encourage students of other majors who are interested in the field to enroll in the Program and join us in promoting bio-industrial automation.
The Bio-Industrial Automation Program offers two schemes for the different subfields mechatronics and computational biology under bio-industrial automation. The former focuses on automation techniques applied in bio-industrial sector, which enables students to use, design, and conducting R&D on bio-industrial automated systems. The latter emphasizes on using computational methods in the emerging bio-industries, which equips students with the abilities to calculate and integrate systematic functions of bioinformatics when engaging in R&D activities. Both schemes offer introductory, fundamental, and professional courses.
As shown in the organization chart below, the Center belongs to the College of Bioresources and Agriculture. The Coordinator of the Advisory Committee is the Dean of CBA. Each member in the Advisory Committee is an associative professor or above recommended by his or her school, department, or institute in CBA. They make plans for the courses, facilities, funds, and integrate different projects. The Center has a director, who monitors and evaluates the progress of ongoing affairs, an assistant director, who handles general affairs and coordinates administrative affairs, and the leaders of teaching and research sections. The Center also has several instructors and researchers expertized in relevant fields to teach and conduct research projects, several teaching assistants to assist in their teaching and research, and several technicians to operate and maintain the facilities. To support other teaching and research projects, the Center may employ research assistants or part-time workers.
Prof. Hu-Sheng Lu
Dean of the College of Bioresources and Agriculture
Prof. Ping-Lang Yen (Center Director) Department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering
Prof. Chung-Hsui Chou Department of Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine
Prof. Pin-Huan Yu Institute of Veterinary Clinical Science, School of Veterinary Medicine
Prof. Hui-Wen Chung Graduate Institute of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine
Prof. Cheng-An Tsai Department of Agronomy
Prof. Chih-Hao Fan Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering
Prof. Chuan-Yang Hung Department of Agricultural Chemistry
Prof. Tung-Lung Shen Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
Prof. Feng-Cheng Chang School of Forestry and Resource Conservation
Prof. En-Chung Lin Department of Animal Science & Technology
Prof. Yu-Hui Chen Department of Agricultural Economics
Prof. Shu-Yi Lin Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
Prof. Chun-Chieh Wang Department of Bio-Industry Communication & Development
Prof. Chun-Cheng Ko Department of Entomology
Prof. Kuang-Cheng Jeng Institute of Food Science & Technology
Prof. Chi-Te Liu Institute of Biotechnology