Prof. Dr. Virach Sornlertlamvanich
Day 3 : 25th November 2021, 11.10am
Topic : “Digitized Thailand and Beyond”
Prof. Dr. Virach Sornlertlamvanich Professor, Department of Data Science, Musashino University, Japan. Faculty of Engineering, Thammasat University, Thailand. Chair, Digital Cluster, Research University Network (RUN), Thailand.
Prof. Dr. Virach achieved the “National Distinguished Researcher Award” in Information Technology and Communication from the National Research Council of Thailand in 2003, following by the “ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award” from ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO) in 2011, and was esteemed as “The Researcher of the Year 2001” by the Nation Newspaper in 2001. He was recognized with an “Outstanding Alumni Award” by Tokyo Tech Alumni Association (Thailand Chapter) in 2021.
He started his research career in the field of Knowledge Engineering and Artificial Intelligence during his study in Kyoto University in 1980-1986. He participated in the Multi-lingual Machine Translation project during 1988-1995, and received his Ph.D. from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1998.
Some of his long-running research contributions in natural language processing can be seen in the initiative in the development of Thai POS tagged corpus (ORCHID, 1997), the first corpus based Thai-English dictionary (LEXiTRON, 1997), and the first English-Thai online machine translation web service (ParSit, 2000) based on the Inter-lingual approach. He proposed the Digitized Thailand project in 2009 to establish an intelligent service platform for being a fundamental framework for digital content sharing and application mashup. Some of the achievements have already been publicized in culture and local wisdom digitization and the applications on the digital content services for tourism, product design and education. In 2020, he started an initiative of “AI Ready City Networking in RUN” as an extreme AI platform for energizing the City of Opportunity and Sustainability