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The Future Lab, AIT X BUPT Launched

26 Apr 2024
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By Danielle Duan 

On 26 April 2024, AIT and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the co-establishment of the Future Lab, AIT X BUPT, and inaugurated the new joint facility at AIT that was witnessed by senior diplomats of the Embassy of China in Thailand.

The Future Lab, AIT X BUPT is the first collaborative initiative following the establishment of partnership on 11 March 2024, when AIT President Kazuo Yamamoto signed an MoU with BUPT President Xu Kun in Beijing.

The Future Lab is intended to leverage the two institutions’ capabilities in education and research in ICT, A.I., sustainability and innovation, and address the challenges of achieving the SDGs, President Yamamoto remarked at the launch event at AIT.

The inauguration of The Future Lab was witnessed by Counsellor Xu Lan and First Secretary Prof. Wang Huan from the Chinese Embassy in Thailand. It was Counsellor Xu’s maiden visit to the AIT campus, and followed a visit by President Yamamoto to the Chinese Embassy on 11 April 2024. 

Counsellor Xu expressed her delight at visiting the beautiful AIT surroundings and appreciation for the warm welcome by President Yamamoto and AIT officials. She stated that AIT possesses valuable academic and cultural appeal for Chinese and international students and researchers to carry out their studies. “AIT has a very nice environment for cultivating international talent and inspiring different ideas,” Counsellor Xu said. 

President Xu Kun spoke highly of the quality and efficiency of the development of the partnership and expressed his confidence and firm support for the collaboration between the two institutions.

The Future Lab, AIT X BUPT was inaugurated in the Computer Science and Information Management Building. The ceremony was graced by honorable guests from the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, and witnessed by AIT faculty, staff and students. 

On behalf of the faculty members and Office of International and Public Affairs (OIPA), Dr. Chutiporn Anutariya, Associate Professor in the Department of Information and Communication Technologies) and Mr. Shawn Kelly, Executive Director, OIPA, delivered a congratulatory remark and vote of thanks, respectively, for the new initiative. 

Led by President Yamamoto, the delegates met with AIT students and learned about their studies and research. Dr. Chutiporn Anutariya, together with Dr. Chaklam Silpasuwanchai, and Dr. Chantri Polprasert from ICT presented about prospective initiatives and potential project areas that could be jointly conducted with BUPT faculty and promoted through The Future Lab

“Facing the rapidly changing and complex challenges of achieving the SDGs, digital technologies have become the key,” Prof. Yamamoto remarked, sharing his views on the importance of the collaboration. “AIT has served the region as a technology and capacity building hub. The Future Lab can make an impactful contribution to A.I. and digital literacy of the regional community.” 

BUPT is one of the top public universities in China in a number of technological fields, ranking high on global university tables in areas such as information and communication engineering, computer science and technology and electrical and electronic engineering. 

While in Bangkok, BUPT hosted the exhibition, “Seeing China: Decoding the Genes of Fine Traditional Chinese Culture.” Joining hands with Chinese national research institutes, including The Palace Museum and Data Center of The State Administration of Cultural Heritage, BUPT utilized its capabilities in AI, AR, naked-eye 3D and other digital technologies to “bring alive” the background and connotation of pictures of cultural relics. 

President Xu presented President Yamamoto with an example of this technology to symbolize the new partnership.  Already, the partners have kicked off plans for their first joint Summer Program in 2024, and more collaborations are under construction, officials said.  

Ms. Danielle Duan is Head of Emerging Markets International Cooperation, Office of International and Public Affairs, AIT