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ector’s Message

Director’s Message

Welcome to the Institute of Information Science (IIS) at same time, the institute manages a research portfolio that
Academia Sinica. includes cutting-edge, application-oriented information
technologies, which are unique to Taiwan’s society and
IIS was established in 1982, at the dawn of the information culture. Our main research areas cover a wide spectrum
technology (IT) revolution in Taiwan. Over the past three of fields in both computer and information science. For
decades it has experienced extremely rapid growth. example, our cross-disciplinary research in bioinformatics
Since its inception, IIS has emerged as one of the leading requires close collaboration with researchers in biomedical
research institutes in both computer and information sciences, social sciences, liberal arts and other major fields.
science and related technologies in Taiwan. Currently,
we have 40 full-time Research Fellows, 38 Postdoctoral Over the past few years, more than 30 principal
Researchers, and 300 Research Associates and Specialists. investigators at IIS have racked up a number of impressive
Our faculty members have been among the recipients of accomplishments across various research fields in
many distinguished awards and honors both nationally and computer science. To name a few, our colleagues were
internationally. the first to explore multicast traffic engineering in Software-
Defined Networks and develop approximation algorithms
Many Research Fellows supervise or co-supervise M.S. that achieve the tightest theoretical bounds. These efforts
and Ph.D. students from top-ranked Computer Science were recognized by a Best Paper Nomination at IEEE
departments in Taiwan and collaborate very closely with Globecom 2014 and a Best In-Session Presentation Award
faculty members from the same institutions. In 2002, at IEEE INFOCOM 2016. Our compiler team has proposed
a Ph.D. program was established for Bioinformatics an efficient and retargetable dynamic binary translator to
under the auspices of the Taiwan International Graduate transparently transform application binaries among different
Program (TIGP) at Academia Sinica. It has enrolled about parallel execution models. This state-of-the-art result
50 students, and biological research at Academia Sinica won the Best Paper Award at the 2016 IEEE International
has benefited greatly from this program. In 2014, another Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems.
Ph.D. program in Social Networks and Human-Centered
Computing was inaugurated. In the past two years, it Our research in embedded systems is fruitful and inspiring.
has already enrolled more than 20 students. Many of our The sub-block erase techniques are the first efforts that
Research Fellows hold joint faculty appointments at top utilize isolation hardware to enable sub-block erase in
universities in Taiwan. This allows IIS to play a significant the software layer and significantly improve the garbage
role in training and fostering advanced research talents in collection performance of 3D flash memory. These results
the IT industry and academia in Taiwan. received a Best Paper Nomination at ACM/IEEE DAC
2016. In addition, our joint research with colleagues from
The IT industry has long been the crown jewel of Taiwan’s other universities have also been very successful. Notable
economic miracle and the envy of the world, and IIS strives recognition includes winning the 2016 WSDM Cup, from
to play a unique role in this internationally recognized which our techniques will be deployed in the search service
endeavor. IIS has always focused on fundamental and long- of Microsoft Academic Search, and delivering one of the
term research that can further Taiwan’s competitive edge plenary talks at the Quantum Information Processing
and sustain the growth of this strategic enterprise. At the Conference (QIP) 2014 for proposing theoretical protocols,

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