The four core research areas are:

1.Internet-accessible sensor. This includes the embedded system, embedded system programming, embedded SOC design, wireless sensor network, internet-connected sensor, smart meter and grid and non-invasive tiny sensor.

2.Context-aware technology. This includes raw data collection and fusion, data mining, high-level situation analysis, intelligent agent, big data store, big data analysis, context-aware applications, situation-aware applications and intelligent applications in family, city, industry and manufacturing.

3.Smart material. This includes nanomaterials, opto-mechatronic materials, thermoelectric materials, self-healing materials and Photomechanical materials.

4.Smart device. This includes nanosensors, nanoactuators, opto-mechatronic devices, smart control devices, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and smart energy devices.