Taipei, May 4 (CNA) A Taiwanese robot and artificial intelligence specialist has become a member of the scientific commission under the G8 & G20 Alumni Association, allowing him to help create the agenda of the association's events and select their participants. Ricky Lee, an assistant professor at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology's Graduate Institute of Automation and Control, will serve on the commission for three years until 2015. It is a rare opportunity for Taiwan to be on the commission, as it is not a G20 member, Lee told CNA. Lee expressed the hope that his membership will help raise the global profile of research by Taiwanese scholars. The scholar said he is planning to propose a forum under the name of the scientific commission in Taiwan later this year, to which science officials in the Asia-Pacific region will be invited. Lee was one of six representatives of the university invited to the association's G20 Youth Forum in St. Petersburg in April, where he spoke at a roundtable conference on innovation and technology. Academic conferences held by G20-affiliated bodies are considered influential, with results of discussions compiled into publications that are given to leaders of the G20 countries, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Lee told CNA that the website of the youth forum used "Taiwan, Province of China
" before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs filed complaints seeking a correction. The correction has been made, Lee said. Lee said he was glad the Republic of China
flag was shown alongside flags of other participating countries, which included China
, Canada and the United Kingdom, at the closing ceremony of the forum.
The Geneva-based association is an international non-government body that reunites participants in the association's previous youth forums and independent experts related to the G8 and G20 members.
(By Chen Chih-chung and Scully Hsiao)