Tai Hou is Vice President of technology development at ETPL, the technology transfer arm of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. His portfolio covers productization commercialization funding proposals in the areas of Digital Technologies, Speech and Languages technologies, and Virtual Assistants.
Prior to this, he was a Research Manager at the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) delivering trend reports and commercialization plans in digital media and education.
Before joining I2R, Tai Hou was Assistant Vice President in technology and commercial intelligence, delivering reports with commercialization recommendations focused on ICT technologies such as digital media, business intelligence, wireless communications and human language technologies.
His previous experience includes Programme Manager at Ericsson Cyberlab Singapore where he led small teams of ethnographers, industrial designers, marketing staff and engineers on Chinese mobile applications. He also led the handwriting recognition product development teams at Apple Computer Design Centre and Kent Ridge Digital Labs. He started his career at the Institute of Systems Science dealing with software product processes and application development.
Tai Hou has patents and patent applications in the areas of handwriting recognition, mobile input methods and interactive digital media.
Recently, he has taken on appointments such as the Local Chair of ACM SIGGRAPH International Conference on Virtual Reality Continuum and Its Applications in Industry 2008, Local Sponsorship Chair of the Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference 2010, a Committee Member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Singapore Chapter, and a member of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Interactive Digital Media R&D Programme Operations committee since 2010 and has been on judging panels for startups pitching, including the SiTF Awards and the France Singapore ICT Awards.
Tai Hou graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1988.