Taiwan Scientists Are Leading Global Research In Seven Emerging Areas
Areas Represent Milestones In Taiwan’s R&D Development According To Thomson Reuters Data
Taipei, November 15, 2011 — Eleven of Taiwan’s leading scientists were honored today for their groundbreaking research and influential contribution to global research and development (R&D) in seven areas of emerging research by Thomson Reuters. The “Thomson Reuters Taiwan Research Day & Research Front Awards 2011” recognized these Taiwan scientists as being at the forefront of research fronts spanning biomedical science, psychiatry, engineering and agricultural science.
Said Dr. Wong Woei Fuh, managing director, Asia, Thomson Reuters, “Taiwan is an important contributor to the global research community. These seven research fronts, newly emerged in the past five years, represent milestones in Taiwan’s continuous R&D, which is expanding beyond technological and industrial applications to basic science and social sciences such as psychiatry, a reflection of society’s impact on research today. This is particularly noteworthy given Taiwan’s limited resources as compared to the US, Japan, China and South Korea.”
The 11 awardees were presented with the accolade after their research was analyzed using Thomson Reuters Research Front Methodology to assess their level of influence on specific scientific fields. Research Front Methodology looks at patterns of intense communication between scientists and is based on the top 1% of the most highly cited research papers in each of 22 disciplines in Essential Science Indicators (ESI)*from Thomson Reuters.
Said Dr. Wong, “According to the latest ESI data, Taiwan is emerging as a leader in the traditional sciences with increasingly more balanced emphasis on both basic science and application. Taiwan exhibits particular strengths in leading worldwide research on nanotechnology, information technology, engineering and biomedical science, especially over the past five years. A key contributing factor to this outcome could be Taiwan’s decades of focused science and technology policy and investment.”
According to the latest ESI data (2001- August 31, 2010) by Thomson Reuters, Taiwan is currently ranked 18th in the latest annual listing of Top 20 countries in all fields by total number of research papers behind the US, Japan, China, India and South Korea. In terms of total number of citations worldwide, Taiwan is ranked 22nd.
In specific fields such as physics and chemistry, Taiwan2 is ranked 20th worldwide by total citations in physics from January 2000-June 30, 2010, and 18th worldwide in chemistry by total citations from January 2000-December 2010. This is presented by ScienceWatch.com, a bi-monthly newsletter by Thomson Reuters for the international research community.
Based on the findings by Thomson Reuters, the seven Research Fronts where Taiwan scientists have had the greatest world-class influence are:
Research Front #5249
• Jing-Gung Chung, Professor, Department of Biological Science & Technology, China Medical University
• Jai-Sing Yang, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, China Medical University
For their contribution to the study of cancer cells and anti-cancer drug discovery.
Research Front #12298
• Kuan-Pin Su, Associate Professor, Chief of Department of General Psychiatry, China Medical University
For his contribution to research on placebo-controlled trial.
Research Front #7956
• Tzyy-Jen Chiou, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Bioagricultural Science, Academia Sinica,
For his contribution to research into phosphates starvation response genes.
Research Front #6446
• Chein-Shan Liu, Distinguished Professor, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, National Taiwan Ocean University
For his contribution to research into fictitious time integration method.
Research Front #6331
• Kingman Cheung, Professor, Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University
• Tzu-Chiang Yuan, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Bioagricultural Science, Academia Sinica,
For their contribution to research into unparticle physics phenomenology
Research Front #8289
• Hsisheng Teng, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University
For his contribution to research into titanate nanotubes.
Research Front #6042
• Chung-Chih Wu, Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University
• Hai-Ching Su, Assistant Professor, National Chiao Tung University, College of Photonics
• Ming-Han Tsai, Ph.D student in photonics, National Taiwan University, at the time the paper was published
For their contribution to research into phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes.
The Awards ceremony, which was held at NTUH (National Taiwan University Hospital) International Convention Center, is part of a series of Asia Pacific Research Days hosted by Thomson Reuters. These events recognize research excellence in countries and regions demonstrating they are leading the world through innovation in their respective fields. The previous event in Taipei** was held in 2006. Similar events have also been held in Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, and India.
The Guest of Honor was Professor Liaw Yun-Fan, who was recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of Taiwan’s leading scientists in 2006 for his influential contribution to medical science on the effects of extended lamivudine therapy in Asian patients with chronic Hepatitis B. Professor Liaw is Professor of Medicine at Medical College, Chang Gung University, Taipei and recipient of the Distinguished Research Award from Taiwan’s National Science Council and Academician of the Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s preeminent academic institution, since 2000 among his accolades.
Guest speaker, Ms. Hung Wen-Chi, from the Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI), National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL), presented the STPI Taiwan Research Report 2011 on this occasion.
Said Dr. Wong, “At Thomson Reuters, we are strongly committed to supporting the R&D communities in Taiwan and Asia Pacific in their efforts to accelerate research and scientific discovery, and fostering their international collaboration. Our robust methodology has helped to identify the fields where Taiwan researchers are increasingly making significant contributions worldwide.”
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A Research Front1 is a group of highly cited research papers, referred to as "core papers," in a specialized topic defined by a cluster analysis. Research fronts are assigned to the 22 broad fields based on the field of the most frequently occurring journal in the front. Visit http://sciencewatch.com/about/met/core-rf/
Research Front analysis
Discovering how these highly cited works are related and determining how often these papers have been jointly cited (frequency of co-citation of the two highly cited papers) is achieved by Essential Science Indicators (ESI)* from Thomson Reuters, and is called Research Front analysis. This tool can assist in identifying areas where important work is being conducted and where the scientific community is focusing its attention.
Essential Science Indicators (ESI)* is a compilation of statistical information (publication, citation, and cites-per-paper counts) for scientists, institutions, countries, and journals. It is based on 10 years of Thomson Reuters data. ESI resides on the Web of KnowledgeSM platform which provides access to the world’s largest citation databases, including Web of Science®, which covers over 100 years of research in more than 12,000 of the highest impact journals, and over 150,000 conference proceedings records from around the world.
Thomson Reuters recognized Taiwan’s**leading scientists in 2006. Similar events have also been held in Australia (2008), China (2008), South Korea (2007), Japan (2007, 2004), and India (2006 and 2009).
In the National Rankings in Physics, January 2000-June 30, 2010, Taiwan2 was ranked 20th, and 18th in the Top 20 Nations in Chemistry, January 2000-December 2010.
Thomson Reuters, Asia
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