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This upcoming AI lab looks like?

Laboratory, a place equipped for experimental study, research or teaching, packed with hundreds of beakers and glassware, it might be what laboratory looked like when Thomas Edison invented the first practical lightbulbs in 1880.

But definitely not for AI lab here, the public-private partnership on artificial intelligence research and development between dtac and Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), which reached the agreement in late January.

At Thammasat University’s Rangsit Campus, the first floor of the white five-storey building is the location of the 140 square meters laboratory with modern design and furniture, similar to what AI lab in Norway looks like. 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 institute once organized, Hackathon, the design 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 in the work field, which is different from the class room.

SIIT had worked with dtac in building image recognition technology in a bid to verify dtac’s SIM registration system, ensuring the security and accuracy. It worked fantastically and efficiently.IMG_8686 (1).jpgAI lab has marked a significant collaboration between public and private organization in researching and developing a new set of knowledge to be used in the reality.

For AI Lab, dtac will contribute the SIIT in 3 ways: design and construction, funding and providing encrypted data for academic use.

AI lab will start construction in Feb and is expected to be finished by late March.

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 framework and project-based rather than linear content, leading to effective learning skills.

However, Thailand’s AI development might be go on in a slow pace, due to human resource shortage. It is also educational institution’s responsibility to sufficiently supply to meet the future demands.


“There’s a myth, saying dealing with AI requires 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.

Humans VS AI

There is the fact that humans’ life is made easier by the use of AI at the present, such as image recognition on Facebook, automatic functions on devices and etc. humans just embraced it unconsciously.

AI has been deployed to replace white collar jobs, especially in labor-intensive manufacture, resulting in employment in the future. Ai can also empowers humans’ job by helping make decision with right data.

For Thailand, it remains the technology users, not creator currently. However, it is highly likely that Thailand can be the global AI supplier thanks to its creativity. At the present, there is an internationally-accepted AI based program called Thai.Run, the image recognition website used for marathon race. It was developed by SIIT students.


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