Annual ATPAC-MOST-OHEC-IPST Conference
Marriott Suites on Sand Key, Clearwater Beach, FL
January 26-28, 2018

Building Human Intellectual Capital for Thailand 4.0


“Thailand 4.0” is Thailand’s new economic model aimed at driving the country out of the middle-income trap to become a high-income nation. It aims to do so by elevating the economy that currently depends on heavy industry, export promotion, and strong dependency on foreign direct investments to a high value-based economy that is driven by innovation. At the heart of an innovation-driven economy is the ability of the country to produce sustained innovations to fuel the new engines of growth in the chosen strategic areas. In the case of Thailand 4.0, Thailand has chosen to pursue five growth engines, namely: Biotechnology to fuel food and agricultural industries; Biomedical technology to drive health and wellness quality and the related burgeoning businesses in healthcare; Smart devices, robotics, mechatronics, sensors and AI technologies to support the human’s pursuit of superior and smart livings (society), and highly-automated intelligent manufacturing (industry); Embedded technology and big-data science and technology to quicken the deployment of IoT-related technologies and to drive the  development of smart cyber-physical systems for the 21st century digital economy; and finally Service and design technology to power creative, cultural and high-value services industries. To achieve those aspiring goals, it is clear that Thailand must develop its own stockpiles of intellectual capitals to draw upon to drive innovation necessary to fuel the five engines of growth. At the core of intellectual capitals is the human intellectual capital, those who are capable of producing real innovations that matter.

In addition to galvanizing and organizing existing groups of potential innovators, Thailand should adopt a more focused model of human intellectual capital development, going forward. It should be technology-centric, concentrating on enabling technologies that will fuel the five engines of growth. And it should be team-based, since solutions to complex technological problems often require expertise from various disciplines working in a well-coordinated unison toward a common goal.

The principal aim of this conference is to provide a forum for exploring strategies for developing human intellectual capital for Thailand 4.0 in the next decade. The conference will focus on four key enabling technologies required for Thailand 4.0, namely: smart sensors, energy storages, big-data science and technology, and water resources management and technology. A key group of participants will be US-based post-graduate (particularly doctoral) students currently conducting research in the four areas identified above. They are potential contributors to Thailand’s intellectual capitals required for Thailand 4.0. The specific objectives in bringing this group of participants are to let them learn more about Thailand 4.0, to let them share ideas that they deem worth sharing, and to create an environment conducive to networking and team forming among these potential intellectual contributors to Thailand 4.0.

Topic Areas

  • Smart sensors

  • Big-Data

  • Energy storages

  • Water Resources MGMT

Key Speakers

  • Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office

  • Assoc. Prof. Soranit Siltharm, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

  • Dr. Suphat Champatong, Secretary General, Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC)

  • Dr. Chanwit Tribuddharat M.D., Acting Vice President, NSTDA

  • Dr. Methi Wecharatana, Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • Dr. Vira Chankong, Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University

  • Dr. Rattikorn Hewett, Professor, Texas Tech University

  • Dr. Wanpracha Chaovalitwongse, 21st Century Leadership Chair Professor, University. of Arkansas

September 16, 2017

08:00-09:00    Registration of Conference Participants

09:00-09:20    Opening Ceremony

09:20-10:20    Thailand 4.0: Thailand’s New Growth Engine

10:20-10:30    Coffee Break

10:30-12:00    Strategy for Building Human Capital for Innovation for Thailand 4.0

  • MOST’s Strategy and Program
  • OHEC’s and MOE’s Strategy and Program
  • IPST’s Strategy and Program
  • Current Picture of Human Capital in Thailand
  • Technology-centric Strategy for Building Innovative Human Capital for Thailand 4.0: An Idea Worth Sharing

12:00-13:15  Lunch Break

13:15-14:45  Ideas Worth Sharing: Smart Sensors. Why Smart Sensors?

  • Why Smart Sensors
  • 5 Selected Thai doctoral students with research related to smart sensors and closely linked areas

14:45-15:00  Coffee Break

15:00-17:00  Ideas Worth Sharing: Data Science and Technology.

  • Why Data Science and Technology ?
  • Data Analytics with application in healthcare and business?
  • 4 Selected Thai doctoral students with research on Big Data, IoT and related to data science and technologies

6:00-8:00  Dinner

 September 17, 2017

08:30-10:30  Ideas Worth Sharing: Energy Storages.

  • Why Energy Storage ?
  • Advances in Energy Storage Technologies
  • 4 Selected Thai doctoral students with research on energy storage technologies for consumer electronics/gadgets, hybrid and electric vehicles, and power grids

10:30-10:40   Coffee Break

10:40-12:00  Ideas Worth Sharing: Water Management and Environmental Technologies.

  • Why Water Management and Environmental Technologies?
  • Advances in Water Management and Environmental Technologies for Thailand 4.0
  • 2-3 Selected Thai doctoral students with research on water resources management

12:00-12:30   Wrap up and Summary, Present and (Proposed) Future ATPAC Activities

12:30-13:30  Lunch

13:30  Adjourn