Wangxuan institute of computer technology (WICT) , formerly the institute of  computer science & technology (ICST)  of Peking University, was established in 1983. Its founder, renowned Professor WANG Xuan, is a world-leading computer scientist. He was the winner of the "National Highest Science and Technology Award" in 2001 and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Third World Academy of Sciences. WICT is structured into five research areas: digital publishing, multimedia information processing, digital content processing, natural language processing, and information security. WICT is an umbrella institute hosting a number of research laboratories, namely, National Engineering Research Center for Electronic Publishing New Technology, Center for Chinese Font Design and Research, Key Laboratory of Intelligent Press Media Technology, Network and Information Security Laboratory of Peking University (Zhongguancun Open Laboratory).

For more than three decades, on the principle of "World-Class Research, World-Wide Applications", WICT has made significant contributions to computer science and technologies by advancing applications in printing and media industries. Specifically, the Laser Typesetting System (LTS) based on the Chinese character compression technology, has led a nationwide revolution in printing industry; the Newspaper Digital Asset Management System has brought paperless working environment to media industry; the digital rights management system has promoted the popularity of e-books; and the digital broadcast control system has made digital TV automation possible. For the significant social and economic benefits and important contributions made to the development of computer applications in China, WICT has won many national awards, including two first prize of "National Scientific and Technological Progress Award" (therein after referred as "NSTP Award"), two awards for "Top Ten China Scientific and Technological Achievements", three second prizes of "NSTP Award”, two awards for "Major Innovation of Information Technology Industry", and two awards for "Ten Major Scientific and Technological Progress of China's Colleges and Universities".

In recent five years, by fully utilizing our advantages in digital media technology, WICT is dedicated to the research and development of media intelligence technology, expanding the scope from digital media to intelligent media, and from press to knowledge service. WICT is building a platform for media-intelligent technology research to cultivate talents with cutting-edge international visions, as well as developing independent innovations in media-intelligent products and service.

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