Bangkok, October 2018

A delegation from Siam Cement Group (SCG) visited the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 3rd October 2018 to discuss possible new areas of collaboration to achieve innovative solutions for the region. SCG and AIT through AIT Solutions have been collaborating on several projects related to building construction and development of systems.

The meeting, organized by AIT Solutions, was attended by different departments from SCG and AIT. The delegation from SCG was headed by Mr. Wachirachai Koonamwattana, Business Transformation Director and Mr. Sitthichai Niemcharoen, Innovation Management and Incubation Director.

AIT was represented by School of Engineering and Technology’s (SET) Prof. Manukid Parnichkun, Professor, Industrial System Engineering; Prof. Matthew Dailey, Head, Department of Information and Communication Technologies; and Dr. Mongkol Ekpanyapong, Associate Professor, Industrial System Engineering (Microelectronics and Embedded Systems); and AIT Solutions’ Dr. Naveed Anwar, Executive Director.

Prof. Matthew Dailey presented several ongoing projects of Vision Lab such as traffic monitoring, face recognition, fire detection, and AI application AI in a box to solve problems
Prof. Manukid Parnichkun shared ongoing advanced robotics projects such as automatic self-driving car, programmable LGV fork lift, smart wheelchair among others


Mr. Wachirachai Koonamwattana summarized the areas of interest that SCG would like to explore with AIT. These are affordable building construction, eco solutions focusing on smart cities and circular economy, and solutions related to well being especially the elderly. He further explained the different approaches that can be implemented such as incubation of startup, support in R&D, and explore co-creation lab.

AIT Solutions and SCG have previously collaborated on the development of Structural Engineering software for roof trusses, seismic performance evaluation, as well as construction of SCG-demo residential houses using Habitech technology. SCG plans to construct more affordable housing units in Thailand and to sign an MOU with AIT.

SCG also proposed to jointly organize a workshop with AIT to enhance better collaboration and understanding of the ongoing initiatives in each organization. The purpose of this workshop is to exhibit the latest technology from both sides along with matching the suitable technology for mutual benefit.

SCG team also visited the Advanced Robotics Lab and Vision Lab before heading for lunch meeting
with Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul, SET Dean