The public-private partnership on artificial intelligence research and development between dtac and Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) was agreed in late January.
At Thammasat University’s Rangsit Campus, the first floor of the white five-story building is the location of the 140 square meters laboratory with modern design. The interior design concept is derived from the words of “creativity and idea”.
Dr.Bunyarit Uyyanonvara, associate professor, School of Information, Computer and Communication Technology (ICT) at SIIT, said the collaboration grew from a hackathon, a sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, which was sponsored by dtac. The event resulted in excellent development, allowing students to show off their ability for field work, which is different from the classroom.
SIIT worked with dtac in building image recognition technology in a bid to verify dtac’s SIM registration system, ensuring the security and accuracy. The results were impressive.
The AI Lab marks a significant collaboration between public and private sector in researching and developing a new set of knowledge to be used in the real-world scenarios.
dtac will contribute to the SIIT in 3 ways: design and construction, funding and providing anonymized data for academic use.
AI lab will start construction in Feb and is expected to be finished by Q1 2018 for a launch in early Q2.
The state of AI in Thailand
Currently, know-how related to AI is on the rise and very dynamic, due to the constant technological evolution.
To improve education and keep it up-to-date, the school focuses on conceptual frameworks and project-based learning rather than linear content. However, Thailand’s AI development suffers from a human resource shortage.
“There’s a myth, saying dealing with AI requires only coding, which is not quite right. Actually, there are 3 key qualities for those who want to jump in the AI space: curiosity, creativity and analytical thinking,” said Dr.Boonyarit.