The vision and objectives of ASIAA have always been to engage in forefront research in astronomy and astrophysics. In order to develop the most important resource on-island, personnel, we strive to construct and to participate in world-class instrumentation, to gain access to all the major facilities in the world, and to play a major role in improving the research environment for graduate education in Taiwan.
In the first ten years of the ASIAA development, we concentrated on developing radio frequency instrumentation and associated science. In the next phase, we will concentrate on developing optical and infrared instrumentation with its associated science and theoretical astrophysics. Our developments will always focus on working on challenging projects which will make scientific breakthroughs possible. By forging to the front in the technical areas, we aspire to be at the leading edge of the scientific developments.
ASIAA continue to operate and upgrade her forefront observational facilities: the Submillimeter Array (SMA) on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the Y.T. Lee Array for Microwave Background Anisotropy (AMiBA) on Mauna Loa in Hawaii, and the Taiwanese-American Occultation Survey (TAOS) on Lulin Mountain in Taiwan. In 2013, we will also have two new facilities: the Trans-Neptunian Automated Occultation Survey (TAOS-2) on San Pedro de Martir in Mexico, which is being led by ASIAA, and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the Atacama Desert in Chile, where ASIAA is Taiwanese partner for both Japan and North America. In terms of astronomical instrumentation, we will complete the infrared spectropolarimeter (SPIROU) together with the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, and the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) with the Subaru Telescope. We will continue to develop and enhance theoretical astrophysics in Taiwan via the Theoretical Institute for Advanced Research in Astrophysics (TIARA).