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Features of the Plan— Focused On The Need For Cultivation Of Professionals In The Field Of Robotics And Achieved Results

The plan is set to collaborate with Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT) and Chiba University to collectively develop AI robotics international professionals in the next three years. According to statistics from the International Federation of Robotics, IFR, the largest robot market in the world is China, South Korea, Japan, USA, and Germany, accounting for 74% of production value. In addition, service robots account for 31.3% and special robots account for 13.0%. Hence, in regard to long-term market requirements, it is an urgent matter for universities to cultivate research professionals that can develop AI robotics with market application value.

The focus of Yuntech’s collaboration with Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT) and Chiba University is on the issues of an aging society in the near future. We will collectively cultivate emerging professionals that can develop robots for an aging society and expand the international visibility of AI robotics professionals in Japan and Taiwan in regards to the elderly welfare technology industry.

As per market analysis, in Taiwan, the aging population accounted for 14.05% of the total population in the end of March, 2018; we have officially become an aging society. Every 1 in 7 people is above the age of 65 (Ministry of the Interior, 2018) and the trend is still ongoing. The National Development Council (2016) estimated that it will take just 8 years for Taiwan to become an ultra-aging society, faster than Japan (11 years), the US (14 years), France (29 years), and the UK (51 years). The pace of aging in Taiwan is faster than advanced countries in Europe, the US, and Japan; it is on par with South Korea (8 years) and Singapore (7 years).

According to the results of long-term care service assessment by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2016, the direct number of labor required in long-term care services are as follows: 26,942 caregiving service personnel, 3,439 social workers, 10,826 nursing personnel, 1,987 physical therapists and 1,091 occupational therapists. The number has been growing for the past ten years in terms of service demand, but the people supplying these services have not grown, resulting in a lack of caregiving labor (Ministry of Health and Welfare, 2016). Up to date, an elderly person living alone or two elderly people living together have become trends, living alone requires more technological assistance to achieve the possibility of caring independently for oneself.

If long-term care robots become a trend in caring for the elderlies, industrial robots may transform into service robots and help people care for their elderly parents. Japan is the most advanced in developing humanoid robots and has already designed mental commitment robots to provide psychological and mental support for the elderlies. Furthermore, telepresence robots integrate augmented virtual technology, human machine interface, and telecommunication technology to send remote environmental data back to users that are nearby.

This enables users to have a near-realistic experience of the remote environment. Taiwan has mature experiences and advantages in medicine, health management and caregiving for the elderlies. If we can integrate services with technology, we can not only develop pioneering elderly caregiving models but also export models to the international market. Therefore, developing emerging technology that can integrate AI with gerontechnology is predicted to provide a healthy, comfortable, safe, and enjoyable life for the elderlies whose physiological functions are deteriorating. At the same time, the technology can also provide caring tools that are more convenient and efficient for families and medical professionals.

The collaboration with Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT) and Chiba University have the following highlights: educating professionals to develop caregiving service robots that assist with household chores and the health of elderly people as well as to develop a lifestyle industry around an aging society, particularly in home safety, healthcare, and technology assistance tools.