WEEK #3: 15 – 21 Jan. 2018


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)


A. Announcements



(i)    New Director of the Geoinformatics Center (GIC)

Email from AIT President: 12 Jan. 2018

Please be informed that with effect from 1st January 2018, Dr. Manzul Kumar Hazarika has assumed the position of Director of the Geoinformatics Center (GIC).  Dr. Hazarika will carry out the coordination and administrative responsibilities of the Geoinformatics Center.

On behalf of all members of the AIT community, I wish to express my appreciation to Dr. Lal Samarakoon for his efforts and valuable contributions made during his 14-year term of office as the Director of the Geoinformatics Center over the past 20 years of dedicated service to the Institute.  I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the Japan Aerospace

Exploration Agency (JAXA) for seconding Dr. Lal to AIT for the past 14 years.  It has been a pleasure to have worked with him in his capacity as the Director of the Geoinformatics Center.  I am confident that we will continue to benefit from his good services as a colleague.

At the same time, we congratulate Dr. Hazarika on his new assignment, and wish him every success in this challenging endeavour.  I am grateful to Dr. Hazarika for having accepted to assume additional responsibilities, and look forward to continue working with him in this new capacity.  I also encourage everyone to offer their full support and cooperation to the newly-appointed Director of the Geoinformatics Center in the best interests of the Institute.

Prof Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
Asian Institute of Technology

(ii) Revised Personnel P&Ps (PA-1-1-1 and PA-1-3-3): Employee Benefits and Welfare

Email from Director, Office of Academic Administration: 10 Jan. 2018

This is with reference to the President's 8 January 2018 message to the AIT community.

At the 18 December 2017 meeting of the AIT Management, on the endorsements of the Finance & Resources Committee and AIT Management Team, the President approved the following revised Institute P&Ps:

§    (revised) PA-1-1-1 Employment of Faculty: General Work Regulations

§    (revised) PA-1-3-3 Employment of Staff: General Work Regulations

•    Revised Benefits and Welfare (section VI.; Annex 3; and Annex 4) [see attached document for details of revisions] with effect from 1 January 2018

These P&P statements are Intranet-published at (PA) Personnel Affairs,

(iii)    Announcing the AIT Student Blog Contest (Jan 2018)

Message from OMCO: 12 Jan. 2018

Dear Students,
What happened when you entered AIT for the first time? Were you excited or overwhelmed? Was it challenging or fascinating? Or was it a combination of all these feelings? And how did AIT treat you during the subsequent days (or conversely how did you treat AIT?

Pen your thoughts, and give it a catchy headline. Write a blog post, attach a few photographs and send it to us.The best entry will win a cash prize of 3000 THB, while the second and third entries get 2000 THB and 1000 THB respectively, The best entry will also be posted on the AIT website.

The ideal post ranges between 300-600 words, but we not penalize if creativity demands that you violate these parameters.

As a guide, we are providing the link to the entry that won the first prize during the previous semester. https://www.ait.ac.th/2017/10/first-days-ait/
The contest is open to all AIT students, though we specially encourage freshly enrolled students to apply.

Deadline: 31 January 2018 (midnight).
Send your entries to omco@ait.ac.th .
Please write "Blog Contest" in the subject heading.

(iv)Library orientation for January 2018 semester

Email from Library: 9 Jan. 2018

AIT Library will  arrange library orientation for January 2018 semester from 15th - 19th January.  The morning session begins at 9.00 a.m. and the afternoon session at 13.00 p.m.  Please select the date and time convenient to you and send e-mail to Khun Watcharin at watcharin@ait.ac.th.  She can also be reached at Tel. extension - 5853.
If these dates (15th -19th January 2018) are not convenient for you, library orientation for a small group can be arranged.  Please make an appointment with Khun Watcharin.

(v)    Winners of Auxiliary Services Concessionaires Survey 2017 Raffle

Email from Auxiliary Services: 4 Jan. 2018

We would like to thank the AIT Community for providing us your valuable inputs & suggestion by participating in the Auxiliary Services Concessionaires Survey during December 2017.

As a gesture of appreciation to those who took their time in participating in this survey, a raffle draw was held and the winners are as follows:
1st Prize 2 (Two) Winners of a Power Bank

2nd Prize 2 (Two) Winners of a Bluetooth Speaker

3rd Prize 2 (Two) Winners of a 64 GB Thumb Drive

4th Prize 3 (Three) Winners of 32 GB Thumb Drive

Consolation Prices 10 (Ten) Winners of Hom Krun Coffee Beverage coupon for 2 persons

May we request the winners to claim their prizes at the following:
Office: Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM)
Building: Physical Plant (2nd Floor)
Room: 207
Contact Person: Ms. Churairat #5026
Period of claiming: 8- 19 January 2018 only
Time : Office hours only  

(vi)    ERP Offline

Please be informed that ERP is offline every day, January 2-31, 2018
From 11:30 - 13:00 during offline period finance has to process the transaction
of Y2017 (Due to Year-end closing).

(vii)    AIT Official Holiday 2018

Email from Office of Human Resources Services: 23 Nov. 2017

AIT Management Team has approved AIT Official Holiday 2018 as follows:

1    Mon    New Year's Day

1    Thu    Makha Bucha Day

6    Fri    Chakri Memorial Day
13    Fri    Songkran Festival
16    Mon    Substitute for Songkran Festival

1    Tue    National Labor Day
29    Tue    Visakha Bucha Day

27    Fri    Asalaha Bucha Day
30    Mon    Substitute for H.M. the King's Birthday

13    Mon    Substitute for H.M. the King's Mother Birthday

15    Mon    Substitute for H.M. late King Bhumibol Memorial Day
23    Tue    Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

5    Wed    Birthday Anniversary of H. M. late King's Bhumibol
25    Tue    Year-End Break
26    Wed    Year-End Break
27    Thu    Year-End Break
28    Fri    Year-End Break
29    Sat    Year-End Break
30    Sun    Year-End Break
31    Mon    Year-End Break

(viii)    Vacant Seats Available for Staff Vans

Email from Office of Human Resources Services: 9 Jan. 2018

Kindly be informed that the available seats for AIT Staff Vans are indicated as follows:

Route 1:  Latplakaow - Ramintra - Sapanmai - Phaholyothin km. 27 - AIT, still has 3 seats available (from 4 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space )

Route 2:  Sathorn - BTS Morchit  - Vibhavadi - AIT , still has 4 seats available  ( from 5 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space )

Route 3 :  Nonthaburi - BTS Ministry of Public Health - Pongpetch - Laksi - Vibhavadi - AIT, still has 3 seat available (from 4 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)

Route 4:  Thonburi- The Mall Tha-pra - Pinklao Intersection- Rama VII Bridge -Vibhavadi - AIT, still has 4 seat available (from 5 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)

For further communication and reservation, please contract Khun Jirada at ext.5018 or jirada@ait.asia .











B. Events



(a)    A Special Lecture by Prof. Maria Elektorowicz, Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada: 15 Jan. 2018

A Special Lecture (Monday, January 15 from 2-3 pm) to be delivered by Prof. Maria Elektorowicz, Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
LECTURE: “Sustainable decentralized system for recovery water from wastewater using membrane electro-bioreactor (MEBR)”
Date: Monday, 15 January 2018
Time: 14.00-15.00 hrs.
Place: S-101 (SERD Meeting Room)

Dr. Maria Elektorowicz is a professor in Environmental Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University located in Montreal (Quebec), Canada. Beside Concordia University she has been professionally active at McGill University (Canada), Flinders University (Australia), University of Constantina (Algeria), Warsaw University of Technology (Poland) and others.

Centralized wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) consist of many operation units, while each unit is dedicated to the removal of a distinct wastewater component recognized as a pollutant of environment. Subsequently, existing wastewater treatment facilities have a large footprint and use a significant amount of energy. On other hand, the access to clean water declines due to development of megacities, pollution of water resources, an excessive usage of water for food production - to mention a few factors among many. A newly developed technology called Membrane Electro-Bioreactor (MEBR or SMEBR) is a sustainable technology which permits on water recovery directly from wastewater in centralized and decentralized WWTPs. Then, it can be applied in megacities as well in remote locations.

(b)    Pedagogical Workshop: New paradigm of Smart Learning – Flip Learning: 16 Jan. 2018
A workshop of Flipped Learning will be organized by Dr. Malay R Dave of JIS Group, Kolkata (India) on 16 January 2018 from 09:30-17:00 hours at the AIT Conference Center.
More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/workshop-flipped-learning/

(c)    A special talk on "Machine Learning, Cognitive Engineering and Applications in Radar": 17 Jan. 2018

A special talk on "Machine Learning, Cognitive Engineering and Applications in Radar" by Dr. Amit K. Mishra, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Cape Town will be held at AIT.
Date: Wednesday, 17th January 2018
Time: 13:30 - 15:00 hours
Venue: Room TC102, Telecom building

Data processing is one of the major components of radar system design. A major effort from any radar engineering firm is spent in processing the data so as to extract information of value from that. Mostly, till the date, radar data or signal processing has followed a “Generative Model”. A generative model is one in which we follow the classic Bayes way of looking at data and extracting information from the same. This has been the major way to extract information and to make decisions in radar systems. As opposed to the generative model, there is the competing Discriminative Model which endeavors to estimate the posterior probability directly. This uses the wealth of algorithms known as Machine Learning to do the job.

In this talk, we shall explore both these models. Then we shall look at the taxonomy of machine learning algorithms. Then we shall have a quick introduction to deep-learning and cognitive architectures. We shall also discuss some of the results we have obtained using these new set of tools.  

Prof Amit Kumar Mishra finished his PhD from University of Edinburgh in 2006. Since then he has been working as an academic in various reputed organizations like IIT, ANU, and currently in UCT. His main area of expertise is in radar system design, VLSI design and applied machine learning.

(d)    Thanat Khoman Lecture Series: 20 – 22  Feb. 2018

Tue Feb 20th 11:00am - 4:00pm
Thanat Khoman Lecture Series will be organized in February 2018. It will be delivered by Dr. A R Chamberlain, Former President, Colorado State University (CSU).
The first lecture will be held at the AIT Auditorium on 20 February 2018, followed by two lectures on 21 February 2018 at the Chulalongkorn University, and on 22 February 2018 in Bangkok.


(a)    Thai, Chinese and French Courses for Beginners

Email from Language Center: 8 Jan. 2018

The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of language courses.
•    Survival Thai Course for Beginners
·         22 January – 7 March 2018
·         Monday and Wednesday
·         Time: 17:00 – 18:30
·         Total of 20 hours
·         Course Fee: 2,000 baht

•    Chinese Course for Beginners
·         22 January – 7 March 2018
·         Monday and Wednesday
·         Time: Group 1 (17:00 – 18:30)  Group 2 (12:00-13:00)
·         The course fee is 1,000THB due to the kind support of the Chinese Government through the Confucius Institute.  (Refunds are not available.)

•    French Course for Beginners
·         31 January – 16 March 2018
·         Wednesday and Friday
·         Time: 17:00 – 18:30
·         Total of 20 hours
·         Course Fee: 2,000 baht
Register and make a payment at the Language Center, Room 216.

(b)    Training Programme on Economics of Climate Change Adaptation: 12 – 23 Mar. 2018

The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the AIT, in cooperation with UNDP and USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific, will organize the second run of the training course on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation under the Climate Change Asia initiative from 12 – 23 March 2018 in Bangkok (exact location to be confirmed)
More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/events/









C. Campus Updates


(i)    New AITCC Annex & renovation of car park near Arcade

A new AITCC Annex building will be constructed opposite to AIT swimming Pool/AIT Solutions. The construction work will start from 1 October 2017 and expected to be completed by April 2018. To prepare the area for construction, the car park area opposite to swimming pool/AIT Solutions will be demolished partially and a new sewage line will be laid from Arcade area.

During the process of this work, the area will be barricaded and there might be some disturbance as well as noise.

Please be also informed that currently partial section of car park area opposite to Arcade is being renovated. It may take a week to complete the work and the area will be closed.


D. Faculty and Staff Travel


Dr. Oleg Shipin / Ayuthaya, Chainat, and Nakhon Sawan, Thailand / 1 – 3 August 2017*
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Ayuthaya, Chainat, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand / 1 – 3 August 2017*
Miss sirinapha Srinonil / Ayuthaya, Chainat, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand / 1 – 3 August 2017*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 4 – 8 January 2018*
Dharma Raj K.C., Nabil Tahmidul Karim, Sanjana Jain / Chiangmai, Thailand / 7 – 10 January 2018
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon, Ms. Sirinapha Srinonil, Ms. Saniwan Buaban / Nakhon Pathom and Kanchanaburi, Thailand / 9 – 10 January 2018*
Dr. Indrajit Pal / Raiganj, India / 9 – 12 January 2018*
Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe / Singapore / 11 – 13 January 2018*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 12 – 15 January 2018
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Yangon, Myanmar / 12 – 16 January 2018
Dr. Sanit Arunplod / Fuzhou, China/ 14 – 18 January 2018
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Ranchl, India / 16 – 18 January 2018
Dr. Atitaya Panuvatvanich / Shanghai, China / 17 – 19 January 2018
Ms. Pantaporn Sittplangkoon / Shanghai, China / 17 – 19 January 2018
Ms. Wilailak Yooprem and Ms. Kanchana Wilailak / Phitsanulok, Thailand / 19 January 2018
Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / Louisiana and San Francisco, USA / 11 December 2017 – 22 January 2018
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)




E. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Administrative Staff (Webmaster) (Office of the Media & Communications)
Ref. No. 51/17
Deadline: 15 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Social Media and Promotions Coordinator) (Office of the Media & Communications)
Ref. No. 52/17
Deadline: 15 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (IT Officer) (Internet Education and Research Laboratory)
Ref. No. 01/18
Deadline: 26 January 2018

Administrative Staff (IT Officer) (Internet Education and Research Laboratory)
Ref. No. 02/18
Deadline: 26 January 2018

Position: Director/PRINCIPAL for AIT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (AIT International School)
Ref. No. 50/2017
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Accommodation Manager) (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 53/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Accommodation Clerk/Assistant Accommodation Officer) (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 54/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Cafeteria Supervisor) (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 55/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Receptionist / Operator (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 56/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Technical Staff (Technician) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 45/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Faculty Position (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 04/2017
Deadline: 15 February 2018