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2016 US Taiwan High-Tech Forum

UTHF stands for “US Taiwan High-Tech Forum” which is an annual event organized by North America Taiwanese Engineering & Science Association, Silicon Valley Chapter (NATEA-SV).

This year 2016 is our 19th event with a theme on “Accelerating Digital Transformation with Real-World IoT Solutions” and will be held at Hilton-Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA on Saturday, on November 5, 2016.

Hilton-Santa Clara (
4949 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Tel: 408-330-0001. Toll-Free: 1-800-HILTONS.


Theme for 2016 UTHF: Accelerating Digital Transformation with Real-World IoT Solutions

This year’s forum is dedicated to gathering entrepreneurs, startups, thought leaders, and leading innovators from both Taiwan and Silicon Valley to share and innovate around the following areas:

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 or Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a major trend and a viable candidate with significant implications to fuel the growth of global economy. According to Oxford Economics, the applicable scope of IIoT spans industries representing 62 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) among G20 nations. These industries include not only both discrete and process manufacturing but also mining, agriculture, oil and gas, and utilities.

GE estimates that the Industrial Internet has the potential to add $10 to $15 trillion to global GDP over the next 20 years.

Achieving higher operational efficiency is one of the key attractions of the IIoT, and early adopters are focused on these benefits by introducing automation and more flexible production techniques.

However, in the future, successful companies will capture new growth through three approaches: boost revenues with increased operational efficiency, quickly create and roll out new business models, and exploit intelligent technologies to fuel innovation by empowering subject matter experts.

Our focus in Industry 4.0 track will include:

  • Asset Material Tracking
  • Connected Operations Intelligence
  • Unified Key Performance Indicators
  • Real-Time Asset Health Monitoring
  • Operations Management Improvements
  • Monitoring and Diagnostics
  • Remote Service
  • Automated Service Executive
  • Condition-based Predictive Maintenance
  • Connected Service Parts Planning
  • Warranty Cost Management
    Other key Use Case categories could also include:
  • Product Development
  • Customer Service
  • Sales/Marketing

Smart City:

Advancement in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in connectivity, big data and analytics are enabling forward-thinking cities around the world to explore Smart City initiatives. They enable city managers to innovate with new levels of insights, better connect citizens and communities, create more efficient and cost effective municipal services, and find more intelligent ways to manage resources.

These Smart City applications are empowered by tremendous new capabilities such as the ability to monitor, manage and control devices remotely, and to derive new insight from streams of real-time data and trigger orchestration of actions.

Our focus in Smart City track will include gathering forward-thinking city officials, smart city solution providers and system integrators to explore why realizing the full value of IoT cities must enable a secure and scalable IoT infrastructure that integrates multiple systems, as opposed to deliver disparate smart city point solutions.

    Example of Smart City Use Cases include:
  • Energy Solutions
  • Transportation
  • Sensor Networks
  • Buildings & Efficiency
  • Islands/Isolated Communities
  • Water/Waste Management
  • Weather Solutions
  • Government/Civic Services
  • Healthcare Services
  • Resource/Commerce

Modern Low-Code Development Platform

Leading IT analyst Forrester defines low-code platforms as:

Platforms that enable rapid delivery of business applications with a minimum of hand-coding and minimal upfront investment in setup, training, and deployment.

According to Forrester, more and more organizations recognize the ability to quickly and iteratively deliver customer-facing software helps separate digital leaders from digital laggards. In this year’s conference, we will explore why low-code platform will play a key role to accelerate the creation of Industry 4.0 and Smart City solutions.

Conference Co-Chair


Joe Chou, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Engineer/Project leader, ASIT Corporation Vice President of NATEA-SV, 2016


Chih-Cheng Yeh

Director of Science and Technology Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural office (TECO) in San Francisco.

Program Co-Chair


Rockwell Hsu, Ph.D.

Cisco Systems
Technical Leader in Switching Hardware Group President of NATEA-SV, 2016


Jesse Shiah

CEO and Co-founder
AgilePoint, Inc.

Program Committee


John Pang Yu, Ph.D.

NATEA Founding President
NFIC Founding Council Member

Howard Ho

Howard Ho, Ph.D.

IBM Almaden Research
Research Staff Member and Research Manager


Yen-Kuang Chen, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow

Principal Engineer, Intel Labs
Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems, 2016-2017
IEEE CAS Distinguished Lecturer, 2016-2017

Howard Ho

Huei Pei Kuo, Ph.D.

retired from HP Labs as a Principal Scientist, 2013
President of NATEA-SV, 2011
Advisor of NATEA-SV, 2012, 2016


Mr.Tom Wang's

Founder & Advisor
NEO Group


C. Jason Wang, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics Director, Center for Policy, Outcomes, and Prevention Faculty, Center for Health Policy, Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies