8 STRATEGIC RESEARCH THEMES
Biofuels and Biorefinery | Bioresource Management and Utilization | Food for The Future | Sustainable Agriculture | Conservation ecology
Known as the “Food Basket of Asia” and “Kitchen of the World”, Thailand continues to rely on its abundant natural resources, as a base for economic and social advancement. Innovation to add value to bioresources and products derived from them sustainably along the entire agricultural sector value chain thus forms the crux of Thailand’s bioeconomy strategy. At KMUTT, researchers leverage their competence in various fields of science, technology and engineering (including bio-manufacturing) to advance precision farming and sustainable agriculture; post-harvest technology and food processing; innovative “foods for the future” (functional foods and nutraceuticals ); biofuel production , biomaterials, biochemical production; animal feed and animal vaccines, biopharmaceutical development and production, and conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity.
Advisors: Prof. Dr. Watanalai Panbangred, Assoc.Prof. Boosya Bunnag | firstname.lastname@example.org
Champion: Asst. Prof. Dr. Bunyaphat Suphanit | email@example.com
Data Science for Business | AI and Robotics | Education Technology | Digital Health | Fundamental research for digital transformation
Riding the disruptive wave of digital transformation, Thailand is targeting the digital economy as another growth engine. By cultivating its strength in mathematics, computer science and software engineering, electronics and communications engineering, as well as mechatronics, KMUTT researchers develop digital tools and solutions that address industry and business needs in both the public and private sectors. In particular, research efforts are directed towards
- computational science and engineering platforms;
- building information technology solutions that range from cloud computing to cyber security and geo-informatics;
- Internet of Things (IoT) applications;
- big data analytics supported by research and expertise in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI),
- robotics and automation.
Champion: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siam Charoenseang | firstname.lastname@example.org
Innovative materials, Manufacturing and Construction
Advanced Materials, Design and Manufacturing | Smart Construction
Thailand is home to a number of materials-intensive manufacturing and construction industries, such as automobiles and auto-parts (and emerging aircraft parts manufacturing), electronics and electrical appliances, building materials, housing and commercial buildings,as well as road and rail transport infrastructure development. Innovation in greener, lighter and better performing materials is key to improving the competitiveness and sustainability of these industries. KMUTT researchers are working on different aspects of the synthesis, application and forming of materials, including metals, nonmetals, polymers and composites, that addresses the challenges of modern manufacturing and construction. They are also combining the university’s strength in robotics, automation, data analytics, and industrial engineering, to support Thai industries as they implement smarter manufacturing and construction in the era of “Industry 4.0”.
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Chai Jaturapitakkul | email@example.com
Assistive Technology for the Aged, Disabled and Rehabilitation | Medical Diagnostics | Medical Treatment and Prevention | Logistics & Management
With a strong foundation in medical service, quality healthcare and medical facilities, Thailand is poised to be “the medical hub of Asia”. Accordingly, a strategic sector in the “Thailand 4.0” vision is wellness and medical services, the growth of which draws on Thailand’s strength in medical and biomedical sciences, laboratory testing, and clinical R&D. At KMUTT, researchers with backgrounds ranging from biological science and engineering, biochemistry and biochemical process engineering, to nano-materials, bioinformatics, robotics and big data, are working together, and often with medical professionals outside KMUTT, on interdisciplinary research platforms covering
- medical robotics and assistive/rehabilitation technology for the handicapped and the elderly
- medical diagnostics such as molecular diagnostics, bio-imaging and analysis, and bioinformatics
- biopharmaceutical production and cell culture for regenerative medicine
- smart materials for biomedical applications
Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana | firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Generation Aerial Vehicle | Next Generation Vehicle | Rail System | Supply Chain Management | Transport Policy and Planning
In Thailand, transport is the second largest energy-consuming sector; responsible for a quarter of the total greenhouse gas emission and much of the urban air pollution. With increasing urbanization and rapid development in vehicle and digital technologies, ample opportunities and challenges abound for planning and implementing more sustain able mobility. KMUTT focuses research efforts on the
- development of next generation vehicles and associated technologies;
- rail systems related technology;
- transport demand, supply chain and logistics management, including intelligent transport systems;
- sustainable transport policies, such as energy-saving, greenhouse gas mitigation, and transport safety and
- Next generation aerial vehicle.
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Sumrerng Jugjai | email@example.com
Champion: Asst.Prof.Dr. Yossapong Laoonual | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Energy and Environment
Earth System and Climate Change | Energy Efficiency | Energy System Integration | Energy and Environmental Policy | Sustainable Environmental Technology and Management
With nearly half of its current energy imported and more than 80% sourced from fossil fuels, Thailand has put in place ambitious renewable energy and energy efficiency targets and plans to bolster energy security, improve the environment, and fulfill its greenhouse gas mitigation commitments. Thailand is also highly likely to be severely impacted by climate change. KMUTT thus focuses research in 6 key areas:
- renewable energy: biomass, biogas and biofuels, solar energy, grid integration and management of distributed energy resources (micro-grids, smart grids and energy storage);
- energy efficiency in buildings and industry;
- environmental technology for water quality, air quality and municipal solid waste (MSW) management
- climate change impacts and adaptation: climate scenarios, non-energy greenhouse gas mitigation in agriculture and forestry;
- water resource and coastal management;
- energy and environmental policy (including life cycle sustainability assessment).
Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bundit Fungtammasan | email@example.com
Creative and Learning Society
Art and Design Innovation | Community Development and Management | Future Learning | Future Society
Thailand’s service industry accounts for more than half of national GDP. With a rich cultural heritage, a flair for design and increasing digitalization, Thailand aspires to excel as a “creative economy” by adding value to the service industry with creativity and innovation. At KMUTT, researchers leverage their strength in architecture, product design, media arts, and digital technology to foster creative society and contribute positively to the creative economy. Their efforts range from product design innovation for future living (including the convergence of art and technology), cultural and heritage conservation, to community development management. KMUTT’s learning innovation community is also actively engaged in developing and implementing new learning tools and methodologies such as outcome based learning, active learning, in addition to online and blended learning, to facilitate future learning and our learning society.
Advisor: Asst. Prof. Dr. Sasitorn Suwannathep | firstname.lastname@example.org
Inclusive and Sustainability Research
Area-based and Fundamental Research | Capacity building and adaptation | Inclusive research and innovation | Sustainability and well-being community
Economic activities must go hand in hand with social development to ensure sustainability. At KMUTT, we strive to create a balance between excellence and relevance in our research to deliver technology and innovation that will make an impact on society and promote equality and sustainability. Our efforts focus on area-based and fundamental research, capacity building and adaptation, inclusive research and innovation, and policy research that will enable sustainability and community wellbeing. With this concept in mind, we apply our expertise in energy, engineering, and environment to develop agricultural innovation (3E4A - Energy, Engineering and Environment for Agriculture Program), employ our biodiversity management skill to protect food security and the environment, promote education and career development for youth in rural marginalized areas, develop creative cities, and enhance human capacity. Through community engagement, we are able to understand their needs and effectively drive community development to achieve social sustainability and inclusion.
Advisor: Mr. Sumate Tanchareon | email@example.com