WEEK #36: 5 - 11 September 2016


In this issue:


         A.    Announcements

         B.    Events

         C.    Campus Update

         D.    Faculty and Staff Travel

         E.    Classifieds (Jobs)



A.    Announcements



(i)    SOM Welcomes new Visiting Associate Professors seconded by Indian Government

AIT School of Management (SOM) is pleased to welcome Dr. Veena Bansal and Dr. Siddhartha K. Rastogi, Visiting Associate Professors seconded by the Government of India this August 2016 semester.

Dr. Veena Bansal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Management Engineering (IME) at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur where she serves as a full time faculty member since 1999.

Dr. Bansal obtained her PhD in Computer Sc. & Eng. from IIT Kanpur (1999); M.S. from University of Connecticut, USA (1987); and B.E. from Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College, Allahabad (1984). Her areas of specialization are OCR, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems, Information Systems and their adoption.

Dr. Bansal is particularly proud of an algorithm that she has developed for Devanagari Character Segmentation (published in Pattern Recognition Journal, pp 875-893, (35) 2002). It is still being used by both academic and commercial researchers working with OCR/ICR of Indian scripts.  Dr. Bansal’s book ‘Enterprise Resource Planning: A Managerial Perspective, Pearson, 2013’ was written based on her personal experience of implementing ERP systems in the commercial sector.  This book has now been chosen as a text book by select universities within India.  Her total number of citations is 585, h-index 10 and i-index 13 as per Google Scholar.

Dr. Bansal will teach the course SM80.20 Managing and Implementing Electronic and Mobile Commerce. She can be contacted at Room 234, Tel. Ext. 6019. Email: veena@ait.asia ; veena@iitk.ac.in .  

Dr. Siddhartha K. Rastogi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, where he serves as a full time faculty member since 2010.

Dr. Rastogi graduated with Fellow Program in Management (Doctoral Title) in Economics from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad in 2010. He earned a Master of Commerce in Applied Economics (2004) and a Bachelor in Commerce (2002) from the University of Lucknow.

His teaching interests include microeconomics, international economics, public policy, and game theory.  His primary research interest is the role of public policy in promotion of trade. His research papers (published/ conference) include streams of economics as diverse as fiscal policy, public policy, sports economics, trade and agriculture, social infrastructure, and development economics.  He has published book chapters, journal papers, cases, and newspaper articles. In addition, he has attended several national and international level conferences.
Dr. Rastogi will teach the course SM60.22 Managerial Economics. He can be contacted at Room 240, tel. ext. 5650, emails: srastogi@ait.asia ; srastogi@iimidr.ac.in .

(ii)    SET welcomes new Visiting Professor - Prof. Antaryami Mishra

AIT School of Engineering and Technology (SET) is pleased to welcome  Prof. Antaryami Mishra, who has joined Industrial Systems Engineering Field of Study, as a Visiting Professor.

Prof. Antaryami Mishra is the Professor and Head of the Departments of Mechanical and Production Engineering at Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology,Sarang,Odisha,India. He has worked at M/s Larsen and Tubro Ltd. Kansbahal Works  (Heavy Engineering manufacturing unit) from 1980 to 1988. Since 4th June 1988 he is serving as a full time faculty at this institute. He has served as Director of this Institute from 2007 to 2012. He was Chairman of Joint entrance examination of Odisha State for five times. He has also served as an expert member to AICTE, UPSC,OPSC, NBA etc. and received four national awards.

He is a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from University College of Engineering, Burla in 1980 and did his Masters degree in Machine Design and Analysis from Regional Engineering College, Rourkela(NIT) in 1985. He obtained his Ph.D from  Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1998 in the field of Biomedical Engineering. He is also a national faculty in Entrepreneurship. His areas of research interest are Advanced materials, Composites, Biomedical Engineering, Finite element methods in engineering, ANN, Flexible manufacturing systems and supply chain management etc. He has published around 50 research papers in national and international journals.
Prof. Mishra will teach the subject Advanced material science for design and manufacturing (Course No.AT-73.17) He can be contacted at Room No. 208 in ISE, SET, AIT. Tel.no,025245000-Extn 5675  and emails- antaryami@ait.asia  or antaryami_igit@yahoo.com .

(iii)    AIT Newsletter: September 2016

The September edition of the monthly AIT Newsletter has been released.
The Media and Communications Office (OMCO) is introducing a new section with this issue. Titled "Blast from the Past," it will feature snippets from AIT's glorious history.

Download links:

PDF: http://goo.gl/pCtb1r
EPUB: http://goo.gl/xqaYnv
MOBI: http://goo.gl/EY5Fvb

(iv)    EURAXESS ASEAN Flashnotes - Latest Funding and Career Opportunities for AIT Researchers

The Office of External Relations (OEXR) has announced a number of attractive opportunities for researchers which are presented in the latest EURAXESS ASEAN flash notes.


1)      United Kingdom - Newton Fund Institutional Links Programme. Thailand and Vietnam  Eligible

2)      EMBO Short-Term Fellowships Open to Researchers in ASEAN. 3 month Research Visits to Labs in Europe and Elsewhere. Rolling Deadline.

3)      Germany - Humboldt Incoming Fellowships for researchers at different stages in their careers. ASEAN Researchers Eligible. Rolling Deadline.

4)      Switzerland: ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships. Researchers in ASEAN Eligible. Deadlines 1 Sept, 2016; 1 March 2017

5)      MSCA Individual Fellowships. One of Europe's Most Prestigious Fellowship Programmes. Deadline 14 September, 2016

6)      United Kingdom - Newton Research Collaboration Programme. Malaysia and Vietnam Eligible. Deadline 14 September, 2016

7)      British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowships in Social Sciences and Humanities. Malaysian Researchers Eligible. Deadline 14 September, 2016

8)      Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowships for Malaysian Researchers. Deadline 14 September, 2016

9)      Newton Research Collaboration Programme. Malaysia and Vietnam Eligible. Deadline 14 September, 2016

10)  Newton Mobility Grants for Vietnamese Researchers. Deadline 14 September, 201

11)  TWAS-BIOTEC Postdoctoral Fellowship Programmes in Thailand and Malaysia. Deadline 15 September, 2016

12)  Germany: International Research Fellowships at the International Research Center "Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History" at Humboldt University. Deadline 15 September, 2016

13)  Newton Fund Institutional Grants. Thailand and Vietnam  Eligible. Deadline 19 September, 2016

14)  Newton Fund Researcher Links: Workshops Programme for Researchers in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Deadline 19 September, 2016

15)  Newton Fund Researcher Links: Travel Grants Programme for Researchers in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Deadline 19 September, 2016

16)  Advice on applying to funding schemes by Dr Claire McNulty, Director Science and Research, British Council

17)  United Kingdom - Newton Fund Research Workshop Grants. Thailand and Malaysia Eligible. Deadline 19 September, 2016

18)  Spain: InterTalentum Research Fellowships. Call Now Open. ASEAN Researchers Eligible. Deadline 30 September, 2016

19)  European Research Council Starting Grants. Call Now Open. Researchers from ASEAN Eligible. Deadline  18 October, 2016

20)  Italy – Jean Monnet Fellowships. ASEAN Researchers Eligible. Deadline 25 October, 2016

21)  List of European Institutions Interested in Hosting Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

22)  United Kingdom: Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. ASEAN Researchers Eligible. Deadline 28 November, 2016

 Check out:



Sign up to EURAXESS Links ASEAN here:


For more details, please contact Director of Office of External Relations (OEXR) at email: shawnpk@ait.asia

(v)    Scholarships for Summer School, 3-8 October 2016 at Ateneo de Manila University Philippines (ADMU)

Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines and Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR), Heidelberg University, Germany, are jointly organizing a summer school in Manila, Philippines from 3-8 October 2016.

The Summer School brings together experts from Germany and the Philippines to lecture on various topics of Scientific Computing.

Main topics for Summer School on Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing are “Partial Differential Equations with application in Environmental Physics”.   

Tentative list of speakers:

             1) Prof. Peter Bastian, Numerical Methods for Environmental Physics

             2) Prof. Kurt Roth, Environmental Physics

             3) Prof. Thomas Richter, Numerics for Finite Element Methods

There are 10 reserved slots for non-Philippine students.  A maximum of two beneficiaries maybe selected from AIT.

The full scholarship package includes:

    - flight cost

    - all local costs from 2 – 9 Oct. 2016

To participate in the summer school:

For application for support scholarships:

(vi)    Cambridge knowledge Quiz - Put your skills to the test now
Cambridge University Press introduces the Cambridge Knowledge Quiz where users can put their skills to the test.  The period for the quiz is from 22 August 2016 to 22 September 2016.
The grand prize is Samsung Gear Fit 2.  Please click to the see the quiz website and to start the quiz at this link - http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cambridgequiz 







B.    Events



(i)    Blood Donation: 6 Sept. 2016

The Thai Red Cross Society has been working with volunteer students and staff to collect units of blood from the AIT community. The bloodmobile visits AIT every three months, four times a year, to collect enough units to supply the constant demand for blood.

The next visit for blood donation is scheduled on Tuesday 6 September 2016, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the parking lot in front of the AIT Conference Center.

Give blood! You'll experience a fulfilling sense of contribution. And the donation process takes only half an hour.

(ii)    Presentation on Sumitomo Foundation, Japan Grant for Fiscal Year 2016: 9 Sept. 2016

The Office of External Relations (OEXR) is pleased to invite you to attend the presentation on Sumitomo Foundation, Japan Grant for Fiscal Year 2016, by Akinori Matsunaga, Program Officer, The Sumitomo Foundation, Japan on 9 September 2016, Friday from 9:00 to 10:30 hrs in the Board Room, Administration Building.

Please find below the announcement regarding the Sumitomo Foundation, Japan Grant for Fiscal Year 2016 for Japan Related Research Projects:

 Purpose of the Program:

The program aims at enhancing mutual understanding between Asian countries and Japan through promoting research projects in the field of the social sciences or humanities that are related to Japan.

 Eligible Projects for Application:

Any research project to be carried out by individual or a group in the field of the social sciences or humanities related to Japan.

Qualification of Applicant:

Researcher shall be of Asian (non-Japanese) nationality, living outside Japan. Awarded researcher must conduct the proposed research by himself or herself.

Fiscal 2016 Program:
Application period: September 1 ~ October 31, 2016

Grant period: One year (April 2017 through March 2018), but can be extended by another one year maximum if required.

Grant budget: Approximately 50 million Japanese Yen in total (Maximum 2 million Japanese Yen per Project).


The Application Form duly filled in and signed shall be submitted together with a letter of recommendation, free-form from a person with an academic background by registered airmail.

The Application Form, the Application Guide and the Instruction Sheet for Fiscal 2016 can be downloaded from the below link:

Language for Application: English or Japanese


The selection of applications will be made by the Foundation’s Selection Committee made up of certain persons of high academic standing. Based on such determination, the Foundation’s Board of Directors will approve the grant.

Those interested to know more about Sumitomo Foundation, Japan Grant and apply for this grant are invited to attend this presentation.

Kindly confirm your participation no later than Friday 2 September 2016, with a reply email to Ms. Sumana Shrestha, Senior Program Officer, Office of External Relations (OEXR) at sumana@ait.asia .

(iii)    A Seminar on “Locational Intelligence with CARTO: Empower organizations to optimize operational performance, strategic investments and everyday decisions”: 13 Sept. 2016

A seminar on "Location Intelligence: Empower organisations to to optimise operational performance, strategic investments and everyday decisions” will be delivered by Fernando Carrasco on 13 September 2016 from 09:00-13:00 hours.
For more information, please contact Firman hadi at email: firmanhadi@ait.asia

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/seminar-on-location-    intelligence-empower-organisations-to-optimise-operational-performance-strategic-investments-and-everyday-decisions201d/#.V7Z5K6LkKUk

(iv)    Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation Course: 7 Oct – 28 Oct. 2016

AIT Extension will organize a course, “Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation” from 7 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016.

The Project Management Monitoring and Evaluation course is a two-week training program that balances theory with practice. PMME will help participants steer work process towards clearly defined goals, increase program impact, and improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of projects and teams both small and large.

The program integrates views and experience of seasoned project managers, policy makers and academics about project management skills with field visits to projects in Thailand.

To apply please go to: http://extension.ait.ac.th/content/online-application?nid=57&cname=Project+Management%2C+Monitoring+and+Evaluation&fromd=17+Oct+2016&tod=28+Oct+2016

(v)    Design of Tall Buildings: Trends and Advancements for Structural Performance: 7 – 9 Nov. 2016 (seminar) and 10 - 12 Nov. 2016 (workshop)

AIT Solutions will organize the “Design of Tall Buildings: Trends and Advancements for Structural Performance” Seminar and Workshop from 7 – 9 November and 10 – 12 November 2016, respectively.

The event will provide participants with an insight to the new developments in tall building design, innovative structural systems for better performance and in-depth understanding of structural behavior and highlight the value of wind tunnel test, probabilistic seismic hazard assessment, peer reviews and performance-based design. It also will focus on hands on understanding of modeling and analysis.

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/design-of-tall-buildings-trends-and-advancements-for-structural-performance/#.V8j2MzUZyUk

(vi)    11th GMSARN International Conference 2016: 16 – 18 Nov. 2016

The 11th Greater Mekong Sub-region Academic and Research Network (GMSARN) International Conference 2016 will be held from 16-18 November 2016 in Kunming, China.

The conference brochure is available at: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/gmsarnbrochure.pdf

More details are available at the GMSARN website at: http://www.gmsarn.com/conference2016/

(vii) Training Course on "Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities": 27 Nov. – 4 Dec. 2016

Natural Resources Management Field of Study, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) will organize a training course on "Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities" on 27 November – 4 December 2016 at the AIT conference center.

For more information, please see:  

Closing: 30 September 2016




C. Campus Updates



(i)    Removal of all unused bicycles and motor cycles parked for long time

The Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM) has observed that many unusable bicycles and motor cycles are left  in parking areas, for several months already.

For effective usage of the parking areas, OFAM requests the owners to remove them before 9 September 2016. After this period Security Guard will take all those bicycles and motor cycles to gate-1 Security Office.

Respective owners may contact security office at gate-1 before 31st October 2016 to claim, otherwise, all unclaimed bicycles and motor cycles will be disposed off properly.

(ii)    Paolo Memorial Hospital will no longer be under Social Security Fund effective 1 January 2017

Please be informed that effective from 1 January 2017, Paolo Memorial Hospital in Sapan Kwai will no longer be under the Social Security Fund.
If any Social Security Members have registered Paolo Memorial Hospital under your Social Security Fund, please inform the Office of the Human Resources Services  (OHRS) for its replacement on or before 30 September 2016.  

(iii)    Architectural project work by Thammasat students in AIT Campus

Please be informed that few architecture students of Faculty of Architectural and Planning, Thammasat University, are now visiting few areas in AIT campus from 30 August - 10 September 2016 between 9:30 to 16:30 hrs., to take measurements and make sketches of few student village buildings, AITCC building, Administration building, Cafeteria and SU cafe building as part of their project work.



D.    Faculty and Staff Travel


Prof. Phan Minh Dung / Phuket, Thailand / 23 – 26 August 2016*
Dr. Sundar Venkatesh / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 24 – 27 August 2016*
Dr. Hiroyuki Miyazaki /Surat Thani, Thailand / 27 – 30 August 2016*
Dr. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad / Sweden / 29 – 31 August 2016*
Mr. Bayasgalan Sanduijav / Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia / 31 August – 18 September 2016
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar / 1 – 2 September 2016*
Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 4 – 5 September 2016
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Male, Maldives / 4 – 6 September 2016
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Bandung, Indonesia / 4 – 7 September 2016
Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / Cambodia / 4 – 7 September 2016
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Bali, Indonesia / 4 – 8 September 2016
Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Kuala Lumpur, Malasia / 5 – 6 September 2016
Ms. Izel Mojado-Dante / Singapore / 5 – 7 September 2016
Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 6 – 8 September 2016
Prakriti Kashyap / Hanoi, Vietnam / 6 – 10 September 2016
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)



E.    Classifieds (Jobs)



Position: Multimedia Technician (Office of Media and Communications)
Ref. No. 40/16
Deadline: 25 September 2016

Position: Assistant / Associate Professor (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 01/16
Deadline: 30 September 2016

Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Professor) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. Fac 2/16
Deadline: 31 October 2016

Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Professor) in Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology (School of Environment, Resources and Development)
Ref. No. Fac 3/16
Deadline: 31 October 2016