The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOU) with the University of Art and Design Linz (UfG Linz) to facilitate artist exchanges and laboratory cooperation projects. The collaboration will involve Creative Robotics (CR), a research unit within UfG Linz dedicated to artistic and industrial robotics research. The MOU was signed with the assistance of a collaborative robot provided by Techman Robot, showcasing Taiwan’s technological strength.

Jen-Chieh Cheng, the General Director of ITRI’s Service Systems Technology Center, emphasized the institute’s commitment to exploring the convergence of technology and art through partnerships with artists, as well as the public and private sectors, since 2019. Cheng highlighted the role of Techman Robot in producing robotic-based artworks and expressed that the MOU will stimulate multimedia creations and provide international artists with access to cutting-edge technologies.

The collaboration between engineers and artists has already yielded successful results, exemplified by new media artist Yen-Tzu Chang’s Mirage Replicas 2.0 multimedia dance performance at the 2023 Ars Electronic Festival in Linz. The performance was based on ITRI’s Intelligent Multidirectional Vehicle Detection Cyber-Physical Display System, which integrates cyber-physical fusion displays, real-time interaction technology, and automated mechanical systems.

Erik Aigner, the Vice Rector of UfG Linz, expressed enthusiasm for future cooperation with ITRI, emphasizing the importance of technological and resource exchanges to foster innovative robotic applications at the intersection of art, science, and industry. Scott Huang, the Director of Operations at Techman Robot, revealed plans to utilize Techman Robot’s TM AI Cobot series of collaborative robots with artificial intelligence to materialize artistic aspirations resulting from the collaboration between ITRI and CR.

Founded in 1973, ITRI is a leading technological R&D institution dedicated to innovating a better future for society. It has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan’s industries from labor-intensive to innovation-driven. With its 2035 Technology Strategy and Roadmap, ITRI focuses on developing innovations in Smart Living, Quality Health, Sustainable Environment, and Resilient Society. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI also has offices in the United States, Europe, and Japan to expand its research and development reach and promote international cooperation.

– Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)