Asst. Prof. Dr. Siramas Komonjinda

SYMPOSIUM Sp1-Multi-Messenger Astronomy, Cosmic Rays And Space Weather Impacts

Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Siramas Komonjinda
Co-Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Suwicha Wannawichian
Co-Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Waraporn nuntiyakul
Co-Chair: Dr. Achara Seripienlert
Multi-Messenger Astronomy, Cosmic Rays, and Space Weather Impacts are interconnected fields of study in astrophysics and space science that aim to understand the universe through multiple channels of observation and analysis.
Multi-Messenger Astronomy involves studying celestial phenomena using various signals, including electromagnetic radiation, cosmic rays, neutrinos, and gravitational waves. By analyzing data from these messengers, scientists can gain a comprehensive understanding of cosmic events like supernovae, black hole mergers, and neutron star collisions.
Cosmic Rays are high-energy particles, primarily protons and atomic nuclei, that travel through space at nearly the speed of light. They originate from sources such as supernova remnants and active galactic nuclei, providing insights into particle acceleration processes and magnetic fields in the universe. Studying cosmic rays helps understand the composition and dynamics of galaxies and beyond.
Space Weather refers to dynamic conditions in space influenced by the Sun's activity, generating events like solar flares and coronal mass ejections. These events can disrupt Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere, impacting satellite communications, GPS navigation, power grids, and endangering astronauts and spacecraft. Understanding and predicting space weather are crucial for safeguarding technological infrastructure and space missions. Bringing together these three areas—multi-messenger astronomy, cosmic rays, and space weather impacts—provides a holistic perspective on the interconnectedness of astrophysical processes and their effects on our solar system and beyond. Research in this field involves observations from ground-based and space-based telescopes, particle detectors, and space weather monitoring instruments, as well as theoretical modelling and data analysis techniques. Collaboration among astronomers, astrophysicists, space physicists, and engineers is essential for advancing our understanding of the universe and mitigating the impacts of space weather on society. It would bring together researchers and experts from various disciplines to discuss recent advancements, challenges, and opportunities in understanding cosmic phenomena and their effects on space weather.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Winita Punyodom

SYMPOSIUM Sp2-Biomaterials And Medical Devices

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Winita Punyodom
Co-Chair: Dr. Robert Molloy
Co-Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sarawut Kumphune
This symposium covers a wide range of biomaterials and medical devices, both of which are revolutionizing what can be achieved in modern medicine. Nowadays, biomaterials play an important role in restoring function and assisting recovery from injury or disease. Biomaterials can be polymers, ceramics, metals, glasses, or composite materials. They can also be either biodegradable or non-biodegradable depending on the application. Examples of biomedical applications include surgical sutures, contact lenses, wound dressings, 3-D scaffolds for tissue engineering, drug delivery systems, and nanotechnology.
Similarly, medical devices are also used in a wide range of applications ranging from common medical operations such as bandaging a sprained ankle to diagnosing HIV/AIDS and artificial hip replacement. Medical devices include any instrument, apparatus, machine, appliance, implant, or other related product that is intended for use in a medical application. The medical device industry is currently one of the most high-potential sectors in Thailand.
Since it covers a wide area, this symposium aims to showcase just a few of the interesting developments in biomaterials and medical devices taking place in Thailand at the present time. It is hoped that it will attract the attention of both scientists and technologists alike.
Emeritus Prof. Dr. Saisamorn Lumyong

SYMPOSIUM Sp3-Microbial Diversity And Sustainable Utilization

Chair: Emeritus Prof. Dr. Saisamorn Lumyong
Co-Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wasu Pathom-aree
Co-Chair: Dr. Nakarin Suwannarach
Co-Chair: Dr. Jaturong Kumla
Co-Chair: Dr. Sirasit Srinuanpan

Selected peer-reviewed papers from the work presented in this symposium will be published in the Special Issue of Chiang Mai Journal of Science Q4 (2023, Scopus).

Microbial diversity encompasses a wide range of microorganisms, including archaea, bacteria, fungi, microalgae, protists, and viruses, which can be found in various habitats, including terrestrial, aquatic, atmospheric, living hosts, and extreme environments. Different kinds of microorganisms are distinguished by their different characteristics of cellular metabolism, physiology, and morphology, by their various ecological distributions and activities, and by their distinct genomic structure, expression, and evolution. Nowadays, the question of how many microbial species actually exist is indisputably important. Additionally, microbial diversity is essential for maintaining ecosystem function and stability. Microorganisms also produce bioactive compounds, enzymes, and secondary metabolites of biotechnological importance for industrial and commercial applications, as well as for environmentally friendly agricultural processes. After two decades, microorganisms continue to be promising sources of various applications in agriculture, biotechnology, and medicine. “Microbial Diversity and Sustainable Utilization” delves into the current knowledge of microbial diversity, genetics, taxonomy, and distribution across the globe and various environments. Moreover, this includes the findings in applications, utilization, and conservation of targeted microorganisms for future sustainability. This symposium will provide valuable scientific contributions to the existing understanding of microbial taxonomy and diversity. Furthermore, it will also promote future research collaboration and contribute to consolidating and expanding the knowledge of both current and future microbial applications and utilization.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Phimphaka Taninpong

SYMPOSIUM Sp5-Data Science And Data Privacy

Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Phimphaka Taninpong
Co-Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Jakramate Bootkrajang
Data science plays a vital role in the era where organizational decisions are driven by data. Business and governmental organizations are now collecting and maintaining a large repository of data, ready for further analysis. Novel data analysis algorithms are being proposed daily with an aim to understand the data and to extract useful information from it.
Despite the technical advancement, less attention was paid to the issues associated with the right to decide when, how and to what extent an analysis can be performed on one's own data. This is particularly concerning for sensitive data such as medical records, social network usage or web-browsing history, to name a few.
The main aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers, practitioners, policy makers to discuss the challenges in data privacy and to share their ideas for privacy-preserving data science.
We would like to encourage work in the form of abstract or full paper that counters the issues of data privacy in data science. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Privacy-preserving data storage, including data anonymization, data retention, and data access policies
  • Data minimization
  • Privacy-preserving data analytic algorithms
  • Theoretical advances in machine unlearning
  • Federated machine learning, differential privacy, Peer-2-Peer federated learning.
Submissions are solicited for oral presentation at the symposium. The author guidance and paper format of the main conference should be followed. All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and the papers accepted for the workshop will be included in the conference proceeding.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stephen Elliott

SYMPOSIUM Sp8-The Science Of Restoring Tropical Forest Ecosystems: 30 Years Of Progress And Beyond

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stephen Elliott
Co-Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Sutthathorn Chairuangsri
Co-Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Dia Shannon
Co-Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Pimonrat Tiansawat
Over the past 30 years, scientific research has transformed the perception of tropical forest ecosystem restoration from the wishful thinking of a few ecologists into a practicable reality. During the 1980–1990s, a lack of technical knowledge about the ecology and propagation of the myriad of tree species that comprise tropical forests posed a major technical obstacle to restoration. However, research, by several groups around the world over the past 3 decades, has advanced practical techniques of performing various restoration tasks: site assessment, tree-species selection, seed collection, genetic conservation, direct seeding and tree propagation, planting, maintenance and monitoring of both carbon storage and biodiversity recovery. Such research has resulted in a spectrum of effective restoration strategies, tailored to address various degradation scenarios, from simple protective measures and assisted natural regeneration (ANR), on moderately degraded sites, to the framework-species method and maximum diversity techniques, where natural regeneration is lacking, and nurse-tree plantations, on the most severely degraded sites. The design, size and placement of restoration plots have also received considerable attention, with concepts such as wildlife corridors, buffer zones and “applied nucleation” becoming mainstream. The morning session will review progress in restoration science over the past 30 years and identify remaining knowledge gaps. Stephen Elliott will review advances in the achieved by CMU’s Forest Restoration Research Unit, whilst guest speaker, Nigel Tucker, restoration ecologist, from James Cook University, will present his personal view of 40 years of restoration research from tropical north Queensland.
In the afternoon, we will explore how recent advances in technologies might be used to improve the scientific basis of global initiatives that employ forest restoration as a nature-based contribution to climate-change mitigation. Guest speaker Kate Hardwick from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will review the need for more seed banks to upscale restoration, whilst Maxime Réjou-Méchain, from the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, will discuss how high-resolution remote sensing can contribute to restoration monitoring. The symposium will conclude with audience participation, to prioritize future research needs and thus assist prospective graduate students with research-topic selection. A poster session may also be included. A post-symposium social event, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Chiang Mai University’s Forest Restoration Research Unit, is planned.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Papangkorn Inkeaw

SYMPOSIUM Sp9-Generative Ai: An Emerging Ai Technology

Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Papangkorn Inkeaw
Co-Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Jakramate Bootkrajang
Artificial intelligence (AI) is fast developing and becoming a part of our everyday lives. A remarkable progress in generative AI enables machines to create brand-new content in various forms such as text, image, sound or even video. The applications of generative AI span across various domains, revolutionizing industries and opening new possibilities. However, these advancements come with ethical and societal considerations. Moreover, there are concerns about the misuse of generative AI for malicious purposes, such as generating fake news, deepfakes, or other forms of misinformation.
This symposium aims to bring together researchers from academia and the industry to cross-pollinate ideas, facilitate collaboration, and expand the breadth and reach of generative AI methodology, algorithms, and applications. It also aims to serve as a venue for discussing the impacts of generative AI on society. We would like to encourage work in the form of abstract or full paper that explore the following topics of interest, which include (but are not limited to):
  • New generative AI techniques
  • Large language model and its applications.
  • Applications of generative AI in various domains.
  • Managing the impacts of generative AI to society
  • Computational resources and infrastructure for generative AI

Submissions are solicited for oral presentation at the symposium. The author guidance and paper format of the main conference should be followed. All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and the papers accepted for the workshop will be included in the conference proceeding.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Worapong Thiemsorn

SYMPOSIUM Sp10-University - Industry Research Collaboration

Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Worapong Thiemsorn
Co-Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prasert Reubroycharoen
Co-Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Datchanee Pattavarakorn
Co-Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Jomkhwan Meerak
Nowadays, university-industry collaboration plays a crucial role in driving innovation and economic development. It involves partnerships between universities and industries to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application, preparing researchers for industry roles. This symposium is an event where representatives from universities and industries gather to discuss and share best practices for collaborating on research projects. These events often feature presentations from experts in the field, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. The goal of the symposiums is to foster partnerships between universities and industries that can lead to innovative research and commercialization opportunities by sharing and promoting solutions for sustainable development and technology transfer with industrial, academic, and research partners.
Key figures from various sectors participate in this event, interesting topics such as novel materials, green processing, environmental safety, industrial/agricultural sustainable development, health and medical approaches, foods, waste circulation and cutting-edge research areas are discussed. The symposium aims to facilitate breakthroughs in research, support technological advancements, and contribute to balanced industrial development, ultimately benefiting both local and international communities.
This symposium offers valuable opportunities for students, researchers, and professionals to learn from experts, network with industry leaders, and contribute to the development of sustainable innovations in their respective fields. Selected peer-reviewed papers from the work presented in this symposium will be published in the proceeding of STT50.
Prof. Dr. Nongnuj Muangsin

SYMPOSIUM Sp11-X-Ray Crystallography

Chair: Prof. Dr. Nongnuj Muangsin
Co-Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kuakarun Krusong
Co-Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittipong Chainok
The experimental science known as X-ray crystallography is by far the most effective way to ascertain how atoms are arranged in a crystalline solid in three dimensions. This technique has been employed in the field of structural chemistry and the study of biological macromolecules for more than a century. In biological crystallography, three-dimensional molecular structures including proteins and nucleic acids are ascertained atomic level. This facilitates our comprehension of the fundamental mechanisms of biomolecules, while also assisting in the exploration of new medicine development. Apart from macromolecular crystallography, the determination of crystal structures of organic, organometallic and coordination compounds, known as small molecule or chemical crystallography, is crucial and extremely valuable for comprehending the relationship between structure and properties, as well as the supramolecular interactions (such as hydrogen bonds, halogen bonds, and π–π stacking) of crystalline solids. Significantly, it also facilitates crystal engineering to enhance structural design and achieve desired functionality.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Teerawat Sema

SYMPOSIUM Sp13-Harnessing Digital Science And Engineering For Environmental Sustainability

Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Teerawat Sema
Co-Chair: Prof. Dr. Benjapon Chalermsinsuwan
Co-Chair: Dr. Prathana Nimmanterdwong
Co-Chair: Dr. Ratchanon Piemjaiswang
Environmental sustainability presents one of the most critical challenges of our time. Climate change, resource depletion, and pollution threaten the delicate balance of our planet. Yet, within this challenge lies immense opportunity. Digital science and engineering offer transformative tools to address these issues from advanced modeling to AI-powered optimization. This symposium explores how we can leverage these technologies to create a more sustainable future.
"Harnessing Digital Science and Engineering for Environmental Sustainability" delves into the cutting-edge applications of digital technologies across environmental sectors. We'll examine innovative solutions in areas included, but not limited to: renewable energy, smart waste management, climate mitigation technology, sustainable policy and planning, and emerging pollution. The symposium will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions, and presentations illuminating the power of digital solutions.
This symposium is designed for researchers, industry professionals, policymakers, students, and all those dedicated to environmental progress. Whether you're a data scientist, engineer, sustainability expert, or simply passionate about the planet, this event will provide an enriching platform to learn, collaborate, and discover new pathways to a greener future.
Selected peer-reviewed papers from the work presented in this symposium will be published in the special issue of Applied Environmental Research. Q3 (2023, Scopus)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kitipong Assatarakul

SYMPOSIUM Sp15-Young Rising Stars Of Science 2024 (Yrss) & Junior Young Rising Stars Of Science Award 2024 (Jyrss)

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kitipong Assatarakul
Co-Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Pakawan Puangsombat
Co-Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Jeeraporn Pekkoh
Co-Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Parkpoom Phetpradap
Co-Chair: Dr. Pumidech Puthongkham
The Science Society of Thailand under the patronage of His Majesty the King (SCISOC) recognizes the need of training new scientist and technologist to advance to the position of highly skilled scientists and technologists in the country. This leads to a boost in research and development, which is critical for the country's long-term economic and social development in Thailand's Science Society. Accordingly, SCISOC establishes the Junior Young Rising Stars of Science Award (JYRSS) for high-school science research projects with remarkable performances under the supervision of the Faculty of Science in Thailand's universities and the Young Rising Stars of Science (YRSS)awards for undergraduate’s science research projects with outstanding achievement each year since 2020. In addition to honoring these students, it also inspires interest among them in pursuing a graduate degree in science. It is expected that these youths will continue to be highly competent scientists or technologists at national and international levels.