About the department


Accreditation

The department received The Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET) accreditation in 2013. Again, in 2016 fall, the department received the accreditation for the second time. IEET accreditation is a non-government, peer-review process with a student-outcomes based orientation.

Objective

Our mission is to develop frontier technologies facilitating research in biomedicine and improving public health through studies using: artificial intelligient algorithms, computational methods, 3D printing and biomaterials.

For the undergraduate program, the course curriculum is designed to educate students to have the ability to manage and analyze biological as well as medical data. For the MS program, the course curriculum is designed to educate students to possess the ability to utilize advanced knowledge to analyze biological and medical information. For the PhD program, the course curriculum is designed to educate students to acquire the ability applying advanced knowledge, integrating diverse information, and conduct ing original biomedical research independently.

 

 

History

Founded in 2002, our department is the first institute in Taiwan that offers programs in biomedical informatics leading to BS, MS, and PhD degrees, and prepares students for careers in academia, government and private sectors in bio-pharmaceutical technology, computer science and healthcare. 

 

Future development

Due to the recent advancement of personalize mobile devices, 3D printing, biomedical informatics, artificial intelligent and data science, starting from August 2015 the Department was renamed as the Department of Bioinformatics and Medical Engineering to reflect the global technological changes and the department focus. Developing advanced biomedical materials is one of the major core area of training and research in the department.  In particular, the course curriculum is designed to educate students to analyze biomedical images, biomedical signals, maintain and develop healthcare electronic equipment. Graduates go on to develop their careers in the academia, government and private sectors in the bio-tech, information technology, 3D printing and healthcare industries.

 

Development focus

Degree programs are in line with national policy development

The global financial tsunami in 2008 and the economical regression demand the government to think of the urgency to adjust national industrial structure. In March 2009, Executive Yuan planned the “six emerging industries,” which include “bio-technology,” “green energy,” “tourism,” “medical care,” “exquisite agriculture,” and “culture creative,” hoping the future industrial development in Taiwan can go with these directions. Later, in 2010, Executive Yuan promised to promote four emerging intelligent industries including “cloud computing,” “intelligent electronic cars,” “intelligent green buildings” and “invention patent industrialize”. The purpose is to arrange long-term industrial development to transform Taiwan’s industries from “Made in Taiwan” to “Create in Taiwan” with brain and innovation and increase international competitiveness and added value. The development of the Department is in line with the biotechnology medicine industry and medical care, as well as the cloud computing industry in four intelligent industries. We train talents to meet with the demands of national important industry policies so that the students are provided with the proficiency for employment, and shorten the distance between practical and academic.

 

Close Collaboration with Medical University and Affiliate Hospital

In jointing with the China Medical University (CMU) and the China Medical University Hospital (CMUH), the department has set up several research programs; including: precision medicine, drug repositioning and 3D printing. Our department has shown strength in information technology; whereas, CMU and CMUH are leading research centers in biomedical science.