The Institute of Information Science (IIS) was formally established in September 1982 after a five-year preparation period, and is one of the eleven institutes and research centers within the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. IIS presently has 39 full-time research fellows, 29 postdoctoral research fellows and over 300 full-time information technology specialists and part-time research assistants supporting research and development of information science and engineering. All members of IIS prescribe to the motto, "Every job is a self-portrait of those who did it; autograph your work with quality," emphasizing excellence and synergistic teamwork effort. The mission of IIS is to conduct quality fundamental research in information science, develop cutting edge technologies applicable to advanced information systems, and improve our national competitiveness in information technology, and international visibility. Being a member of the highest research institution in Taiwan, IIS is obligated to assuming the leadership role in the area of information science and engineering, and aims to establish itself as one of the first-class research institutions in the world. The institute has eight research labs: Bioinformatics Lab, Computer System Lab, Data Management and Information Discovery Lab, Multimedia Technologies Lab, Network System and Service Lab, Programming Languages and Formal Methods Lab and Computation Theory and Algorithms Lab.Current research areas include: bioinformatics, parallel and distributed computing, internet intelligent agents, document analysis and recognition, multimedia, computer vision and image processing, Chinese language and information processing, natural language understanding, computer communication and networking, web-based computing and eXtensible Markup Language technology, network and software security, formal verification, design and analysis of algorithms, cryptography, robotics. Research funding of IIS is primarily from the Academia Sinica, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Welfare, and other government agencies, and some from the private sector. Researchers of IIS collaborate with local industries and universities, as well as overseas institutions. To find more information about IIS please consult our web page at http://www.iis.sinica.edu.tw.