On the 27th-29th May, I had the pleasure of participating at the International Seniors Project Conference hosted by King Monkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). KMUTT was a most gracious host and I had a wonderful time there. This opportunity would not have been possible without the support of the SUTD Office of Education UROP.
KMUTT is situated in the heart of Bangkok. Although it does not have a high international profile, this well-administered university is highly regarded in Thailand. The technical capability and enthusiasm of KMUTT students was clearly visible throughout the conference. For their senior year, KMUTT students are tasked with a final year project (FYP) and paper that is on par in difficulty with SUTD’s capstone. The types of projects at KMUTT were diverse. They range from highly applied welding experiments, combining IOT and AI for teeth health sensing, and optimizing bus depot operations through simulations. Most of the projects were locally grounded, choosing to solve local problems under local conditions and eschewing hype and buzzwords. Needless to say, I learnt a lot from their presentations.
Taking advantage of KMUTT’s convenient location, our host students brought us to their favourite hangouts such as bars, cafes and Asiatique. We also visited the Wat Pho temple also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Warning, pictures of Thai food coming, do not read the following before sleeping.
I hope SUTD will attend this conference again in the future. Thank you for your time.