Chair of the Board
Jane Liu works with BiDaE’s senior team in pursue of the company’s vision and shaping its business strategies. She also contributes to product design, bringing to the table insight and know-how she got from years of research on technologies for building user-centric automation and assistive devices and applications and safety critical systems.
Jane was on the faculty of Computer Science Department at University of Illinois Urbana-Champagin for 25 years. She was a software architect of Microsoft Corporation from 2000 to 2004 before joining Taiwan Academia Sinica. While at Illinois, her research focused on technologies for building mission-critical real-time systems. The contributions of her research lab include a system of building blocks and tools that supports the design, evaluation and validation of real-time systems and a kernel-level resource reservation mechanism that protects time-critical components on open platforms such as Windows and Linux from adverse effects of resource contention. At Academia Sinica, she led projects aiming to advance technologies for building user-centric automation and assistive devices designed to enhance the quality of life and self-reliance of elderly individuals and functional limited persons and tools designed for use by individuals at home and by care providing institutions to reduce medication dispatching and administration errors. The project that produced publications and patents underpinning early versions of BiDaE indoor positioning system was concerned with strengthening disaster resiliency of our living environment through use of smart things capable of processing disaster warnings from authorized senders and taking appropriate response actions, including broadcasting fine-grain location specific instructions to people indoors. Indeed, the early prototype of BiDaE positioning system is based on the IoT fog of such smart things for active emergency response.
Jane received her BSEE degree from Cleveland State University and MS and Sc.D. in Electrical Engineering from Massachusett Institute of Technology. She was awarded in 2005 the Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award of IEEE Computer Society, Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems and the Information Science Honorary Medal from Taiwan Institute of Information and Computing Machinery in 2008. She is a Life Fellow of IEEE.
Chief Executive Officer
K. Y. Chou has more than 50 years of experience in the industry. Leveraging his wide business contacts, K.Y. has built for BiDaE increasingly larger customer and supplier bases while fostering a positive company culture. His leadership qualities was acknowledged by Taiwan Enterprise Managers Association (TEMA) wiith the 6th National Outstanding Manager Award.
K. Y. received his MBA degree from National Taiwan University, Business Administration Department. He spent the first part of his professional life at General Instrument (GI) Corperation, raising from an entry-level employee to a senior vice president and general manager of GI Taiwan. Subsequently, he served as CEO of Kentec, Inc. and Vice Chairman of the Board of Mototech, Inc. before becoming the CEO of Leader Electronics Inc., a leading manufactures of switching power supplies and transformers products and products in electric vehicle charging systems and energy storage systems. K.Y.’s accomplishments at Leader include (1) standardization of components to reduce the number of suppliers, shorten delivery lead time, improve pricing and reduce inventory; (2) modernization of Leader’s factory to reduce the labor cost significantly by implementing automation process; and (3) vertical integration for key components in-house to reduce the material cost. With both materials and labor cost reductions, Leader became more competitive and won more customers. At the time, all electronic component manufacturers were experiencing sluggish demands and facing raising wages of their factories. Leader’s improved after-tax profit per share impressed even industry insiders, including members of TEMA.
After retiring from Leader, K. Y. was invited to join BiDaE team in 2019 to provide the soon-to-be launched startup with business planning and management expertise and experiences. With K. Y. at its helm, BiDaE Technology has succeeded in keeping its hardware component costs low for the benefit of both the company and its customers. It also has capable and reliable suppliers to collaborate with on new component design and component customization when needs arise.
Chief Technology Officer
Jimmy Lai has extensive experience in design, development, launch and maintenance of software products on diverse platforms. As its CTO, Jimmy has built for BiDaE a strong development team. They have been delivering high quality products, some with customized features, and providing customizable end-to-end solutions to meet the needs of diverse customers.
Jimmy received both his BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. Prior to joining BiDaE team at Academia Sinica in 2018, Jimmy was a staff engineer and a technical manager at Trend Micro, a global cybersecurity leader. During the years at Trend Micro, Jimmy became experienced with both waterfall and agile software development processes, familiar with diverse platforms, including Windows and Linux, and embedded system development in various programing languages and skilled in communication and interaction with local and international collaborators. As a developer, Jimmy made significant contributions to several very large enterprise (VLE) products, including Trend Micro Scanmail for Exchange, Trend Micro IM Security and Trend Micro Control Manager. He also led multiple development teams to deliver cloud-based security products such as Trend Micro Smart Protection Server. Jimmy’s teams were known to have good communications among developers, quality assurance engineers, project managers and architects. They invariably delivered on time products of excellent quality. Being at the core of products for VLE environment, their products must work well with products developed by other teams. So, the success of their products is a strong testimony of Jimmy and his teams’ abilities to collaborate with other product teams. Indeed, Jimmy has the hard skills of a first-rate developer as well as invaluable soft skills of a leader and an outstanding mentor for young engineers at BiDaE.
When Jimmy was invited to join BiDaE team, they were supported by a Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology project with the goal of turning research prototypes into ready-for-market products. Under Jimmy’s leadership, the project completed the backbones and key components of BiDaE’s product lines and thus giving BiDaE Technology not only a running start when it was launched in 2020, but also a solid foundation for providing effective solutions to its customers.
Daniel Shih is a professor of Computer Science and Information Engineering and the Graduate Institute of Networking and Multimedia at the National Taiwan University (NTU) . His expertise is in several areas related to technologies of importance to BiDaE. As a co-founder, he continues to provide the company with advice and guidance.
Daniel received his B.S. in Engineering Science and M.S. in Computer Science from National Cheng Kung University and his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He joined NTU upon completion of his graduate study.
Daniel’s research interests include multi-dimension real-time resource allocation, real-time scheduling, requirement assignment and determination, resource allocation, cyber-physical systems, streaming computation, and system integration. His most recent research activities are in the areas of autonomous systems and smart sensors. In collaboration with several companies, his research lab is developing technologies for providing autonomous devices with good perception, real-time communication capability and the ability to coordinate consistently with other autonomous devices. They also aim at providing infrastructure support for out-of-sight perception and distributed consensus decision-making by individual autonomous vehicles. In the area of smart sensors, Daniel’s lab is collaborating with multiple companies and universities in a worldwide effort to provide surgeons with 3D vision and hence the better perception of patient anatomy when performing microsurgery, robotic surgery and endoscopic examination.
Daniel is a member of BiDaE from the very start. As a co-founder, he continues to provide BiDaE with advises on product development and business development in different technology sectors, including precise medication, transportation infrastructure, and disaster management.
Edward Chu is an associate professor of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Yunlin University of Science and Technology. He is an expert in IoT, embedded systems and data science. He successfully led several inter-academic and industry-university programs, including the program with BiDaE Technology which helped partner clients win national innovation and medical-care quality awards.
Edward received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. Before pursuing his doctoral degree, he worked for Acer and Wistron on BIOS kernel and owned a China patent on the kernel. As an academician, most of his research remains to be practical in nature, producing publications on methods and prototype systems for diverse purposes such as fall detection, trapped victim detection, crowdsourcing, and active and intelligent emergency response, and so on. Several of his university-industry collaboration efforts produced results that benefited both the companies and the university. As examples, a hyperspectral remote sensing IoT system has been transferred to Isuzu Optics Corp. for commercialization. A tutorial of embedded operating system has been adopted by Microsoft, Taiwan. A patented technology of identifying indoor emergency events has been transferred to Taiwan Shin Knog Security Co., LTD. Recently, Edward developed a mobile augmented reality based indoor navigation app on BiDaE indoor positioning platform and explored the use of natural language and social media tools for querying object tracking systems. They are good candidates for commercialization by BiDaE if and when needs arise.
Edward has been a member of BiDaE team from the very start. As a co-founder, he helped BiDaE connect and work with some of the early adopters of BiDaE products. In the future, he will continue to provide BiDaE with suggestions and advises as well as view points from the perspective of likely customers, competitors and collaborators.