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Wind Engineering

Wind Engineering Research Center(WERC-TKU)

Established in 1998, on the solid foundation of the previous Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, the Wind Engineering Research Center at Tamkang University (WREC-TKU) is the leading wind engineering research institute in Taiwan. The goal of WERC-TKU is aiming to pursue academic excellence and provide solutions to engineering practices as well. Our research team covers a wide range of areas in the field of wind engineering, such as tall building aerodynamics, cable supported bridges, large span roof structures, mitigation of wind-induced vibration, indoor and urban ventilation, wind tunnel testing, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation, full scale monitoring, Information Technology (IT) applications and wind code developing.  Over the past decade, we have strengthened the center academically by conducting the academic activities including numerous integrated research projects for government agencies such as National Science Council (NSC) and Architecture and Building Research Institute (ABRI) and several international conferences, workshops and seminars. On the engineering practice side, besides a great number of wind tunnel tests for pedestrian comfort evaluation and design wind load, we have developed a user-friendly expert system for the current Taiwan building wind code. This free-of-charge wind code expert system has been opened to use and received excellent assessments by many design practitioners. The long term milestone of the center is to become a world renowned wind engineering research institute and a first class wind engineering solution provider for the local wind engineering community.

Energy and Photovoltaic Materials Research Center (EPMR Center)

Energy and Opto-Electronic Materials Research Center (EOEMR Center)

The Energy and Opto-Electronic Materials Research Center, established in 2007, is staffed by specialists in Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering.  The research is focused on the applications of renewable energy resources and the development of new photovoltaic materials, including the performance improvement of solar collection devices and the development of organic photovoltaic cell and special photovoltaic materials.  The research outcomes can contribute to the progress of energy technologies, energy-related systems, such as solar collectors, photovoltaic/thermal hybrid solar systems, and fuel cells.

Water Resources

Center for Water Resources Management and Policy Research

Established in 1999, the Center for Water Resources Management and Policy Research serves as a consulting institute to the government. In order to provide the government, industry and the general public with accurate policies, strategies and knowledge on water resources, in addition to collecting information on water resources, the Center has also consulted experts in areas of social studies, economics, political sciences and law. Since its establishment, the Center has been appointed by the National Science Council, the Council of Agriculture, and the Water Resources Agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs to conduct hundreds of research projects. In 2001, an evaluation conducted by the Water Resources Agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced that Tamkang’s Center for Water Resources Management and Policy Research won the “first place” among its eight affiliated research centers.

FIRA Robot Soccer World Cup

Master’s Program in Robotics Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering

Since 2000, Tamkang has been conducting the robot-soccer research project and participating in tournaments nationally and internationally with outstanding results. The Lab has since developed small RoboSot (robot-soccer), medium RoboSot, and HuroSot (humanoid robot). The Lab’s first generation medium RoboSot won first place at the 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009 FIRA Robot Soccer World Cup. On the basis of the previous excellent performance, the Master’s Program in Robotics Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering was founded in 2007. “Intelligent Evolution” and “Embedded Systems” are the two main categories of the Institute of Robotics Engineering. The main topic is how to combine the domain knowledge of artificial intelligence, evolution computation, sensor technology, image process, wireless communication, human machine interface, mobile platform, system chips, embedded systems, mechatronics, and robotics to design intelligent robots. In the future, Tamkang will place its focus on more challenging medium RoboSot and HuroSot, and eventually, apply the technique and technology to the development of other robots in the industry.

liquor

Center for the Culture of Chinese Liquor

In order to have a better understanding of the history and culture of Chinese liquor, and its relations to politics, economics, societies, military affairs, technology, arts and humanities, Tamkang established the Center for the Culture of Chinese Liquor in November, 2003. The Center’s collection includes liquor bottles and containers of historical values. The number of collectibles has reached 3,000 and is still growing. Moreover, the Center hosts liquor tasting every season. The Center has also constructed a “Digital Museum of Chinese Liquor” website providing pictures, information, forum, news, history and search function of well-known Chinese liquor. The Center’s exhibition has always attracted large groups of viewers and media, and has also become a distinguished feature of Tamkang.

 

Research Office of Popular Novels

In 1995, Tamkang University established a Research Office of Chinese Popular Novels to promote the research and development of the Chinese Wuxia Novels from the literary, social and cultural aspects. The Office has also set up a “Chinese Wuxia Literature” website for readers to search and exchange information on Wuxia Novels. After years of collecting and organizing, the Office currently has 15,000 books, making it the worlds most complete library of popular Wuxia Novels. Moreover, the International Conference on Jing Yong’s Wuxia Novels, held by the Office in 2005, has brought great appeal to the academic community in this field.

blind

Center of Resources for the Blind

With the belief of a non-discrimination education, Dr. Clement C.P. Chang, founder of Tamkang University, unprecedentedly recruited visually impaired students into the Department of Chinese in 1969. With the guideline and support from the Ministry of Education, Tamkang has since been dedicated to the research and development of adaptive computer systems for the visually impaired; from the hardware of the “Braille Touch Screen” and the “Intelligent Sound Synthesizer,” to the software of the “Instant Chinese Braille Two-Way Translator” and “Book-without-Words Input Method,” as well as applications of “Training of Adaptive Computer Systems for the Visually Impaired,” “Construction and Maintenance of the Website for the Visually Impaired,” “Chinese-based E-Library for the Visually Impaired,” “Counseling Service,” and “Learning Assistance Center for Visually Impaired College Students.” With these developments, the visually impaired students will be able to read, write and surf the Internet by using the adaptive computer systems. The technology not only helps them in learning, but also sets a foundation for their future employment opportunities. Currently, Tamkang has 180 mentally/physically impaired students throughout different colleges.

tibetan

Center for Tibetan Studies

Internationalization, humanitarianism and politics constitute the three main features of the Center for Tibetan Studies. In accordance with Tamkang's Globalization and Future-oriented Education objectives, and as a response to the concern of His Holiness Dalai Lama to promote Tibetan Studies in academic institutions in Taiwan, in August of 2005, Tamkang set up the Center for Tibetan Studies, which is the first academic unit on Tibetan issues in all the universities in Taiwan. The Center focuses mainly on religion, history, and linguistics studies, and conducts both academic and applied research. The academic research aims to explore aspects of the Tibetan history, religion, language; and the applied research aims to examine the application of the Tibetan language worldwide. The Center organizes symposiums, colloquia and lectures regularly with invited scholars and experts to discuss topics in religion, arts and folklores. The Center also holds Tibetan arts exhibitions, prayer and blessing sessions and book clubs to stay current in Tibetan studies.

e-calligraphy

e-Calligraphy System

In a cross-disciplinary research development, Tamkang has changed the writing method of the traditional calligraphy by developing an e-Calligraphy system that allows calligraphy writing without the four treasures in the study, namely, paper, writing brushes, ink stones and ink sticks. With an “e-brush,” users of the system can write on a digital writing board with different size and thickness strokes. The system is compatible with Power Point presentation, video, audio recording and other multimedia functions. It can also be used for instructional purposes such as assisting instructors in arithmetical or grammatical analyses, explanations and corrections.