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Fellow, Royal Institute of Thailand

           I am most honored to be appointed a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Thailand by H.M. the King in 1997. My major responsibility is to participate in the meeting of the Royal Institute twice a month. The meeting normally discusses the matters related to the Institute as well as the progress of the science and technology which can be used to help develop the country.
          People normally think that the Royal Institute is involved only with the development of Thai dictionary as well as creating Thai technical vocabulary. Actually, the Institute has many more responsibilities and you can learn about these through the Institute website : http://www.royin.go.th .
          Most fellows of the Royal Institute are senior scientists, physicians, and engineers. Each fellow must first apply to be an associate member, participate in the Institute's activities and present the research work to the Institute. Finally, he/she will be appointed after active years of participation and with prove of continuous research capabilities. At present there are only 70 fellows in the Royal Institute.
          In the Royal Institute I am the chairman of two technical terminology committees: Computer and Information Technology. We have compiled and published two books on computer and Information technology terminology

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Member of the Advisory Board I.C.C. International Public Company Limited

           In 2002 I joined I.C.C. International Public Company Limited as a Member of the Advisory Board. This company has been established about 40 years ago and is now active in retailing business. Products of ICC are mostly garments, clothes, cosmetics, and other household products. Most of these products are sold through department stores throughout the country. Recently, ICC started a new business called 108 Shops to help small shops sell products at competitive price. Famous brands that ICC sells are for examples: Wacoal, Arrow, Lacoste, PIAS, BSC. You can obtain more information from www.icc.co.th and you can buy ICC products through www.belle-maison.co.th .

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Member National Information and Communication Technology Committee

          Although I am well known as an IT expert, I was not appointed a member of the National Information and Communication Technology Committee until recently. Actually, my role in this committee in the past is to help in developing the training programs for the government officers, CIOs and CEOs. This is important because these government officers seem to be somewhat digitally divided from other groups of people. If Thai officers, especially those at the top, understand more about the importance of IT and IT applications, I am confident that Thailand will be much more developed and can start a lot of high tech businesses.
          The roles of NICTC is to develop a National ICT Master Plan and to ensure that the plan is carried out successfully by all governmental departments. In the past, NECTEC acted as a secretariat office of NICTC but now the responsibility is transferred to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. However, the transfer of the responsibilities is still not finished. You can learn more about NICTC or NITC (Old name) at www.nitc.go.th.

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Editor NECTEC Magazine

           I initiated NECTEC Magazine many years ago (even before I joined NECTEC) and was the first and only editor so far. After I was transferred from NECTEC to NSTDA, the new Director, Dr. Taweesakdi Kooanantakul asked me to stay on and help him with the editorship task. My basic responsibility is to oversee the articles to be published in the magazine and write an editorial in every issue. NECTEC Magazine aims to publish the research work of NECTEC's researchers and staff as well as articles from faculty members and friends from other institutions. However, the submitted articles must conform to the policy of NECTEC. The charm of articles published in NECTEC Magazine is in its Thai local contents. You will not find translation of IT articles from other foreign IT magazines in our NECTEC Magazine. If you are interested to be a member of NECTEC Magazine please call Miss Somsri at Tel 02-564-6900 .

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Board Member Software Industry Promotion Agency Ministry of Information and Communication Technology

           SIPA of Software Industry Promotion Agency is a public organization established on September 24, 2003 . On November 28, 2003 the Minister of Information and Communication Technology Ministry appointed an Executive Board consisting of 7 members. I am one of the members so appointed. The objectives of SIPA are

  1. To be the main body in planning and issuing policies related to the promotion of software industry in Thailand based on the National ICT Master Plan.
  2. To promote processes relevant to software industry such as human resource development, marketing, investment, software production and software services. To create incentives for software industry investment and to suggest tax and privilege measures to the Cabinet.
  3. To promote research, technology transfer and develop necessary rules and regulations for software industry.
  4. To promote the protection of intellectual property in software.
To coordinate and solve problems related to development of a one stop service for software industry.

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Member of the Electronic Transaction Commission Ministry of the Information and Communication Technology

                    
Thailand 's Electronic Transactions Act B.E. 2544 was enacted on December 2, 2001 . In Section 36 of this Act the following statements are given:

There shall be the Electronic Transactions Commission which consists of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment acting as the Chairman and the other twelve members appointed by the Cabinet from qualified persons, provided that, two qualified persons must be from each of the following fields:

(1) finance;
(2) electronic commerce;
(3) law;
(4) computer science;
(5) science of engineering;
(6) social science.

As such I was selected to represent the qualified person in the field of computer science representing the private sector. The Chairman of the Commission is the Minister of Information and Communication Technology.

The Electronic Transactions Commission has the following authorities and duties:

(1) To make recommendation to the Cabinet to lay down policies for promotion and development of electronic transactions including solving relevant problems and obstacles;
(2) To monitor and supervise the operation of service business relating to electronic transactions;
(3) To make recommendation or give advice to the Minister to issue Royal Decrees pursuant to this Act.
(4) To issue rules or notifications relating to electronic signature in compliance with this Act or the Royal Decrees issued pursuant to this Act.
(5) To perform any other act in compliance with this Act or other laws.

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Member of Sripatum University Council

          I was invited to be a member of the Sripatum University Council several years ago. As a board member, I have to help screen proposals related to courses, curriculum and other academic matters.

Sripatum University is one of the largest private university situated in the northern part of Bangkok and has more than 20,000 students. The university is also famous for athletic programs and games. Many alumni have been active in business, politics, and public services. At present the university has many partnership programs with foreign leading university in the west. Please see more details in www.spu.ac.th

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Member of North Chieng Mai College Council

          When Mr. Narong Chawasintu, my old friend decided to start up a private engineering college in Chieng Mai and asked me to help as an advisor, I gladly accepted. Later, I was also invited to be a member of the Council and have since tried hard to promote this college.

With broad vision, Rector Narong is turning this small college into an IT university. He has contracted IBM and Metro Systems Company to install a lot of computer equipment for improving the engineering education in the north. Recently, Rector Narong has requested the Tertiary Education Commission to change the status of NCC to a new university. You can learn more about NCC at www.northcm.ac.th

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Member of the National Research Council

          Actually I am more fluent in teaching than researching. Although I like science and research but I had no good preparation and did not have time to learn to do it well. However, with my few research results, I have been invited to be a member of the National Research Council in the area of IT and Communication Science. Responsibilities of the member are to promote research activities in the field that they belong to. For example, my responsibility is to help scrutinize theses and research submitted for the award, and to screen proposals for IT research. You can learn more about the National Research council at   www.nrct.net

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Editor NECTEC Magazine

           I initiated NECTEC Magazine many years ago (even before I joined NECTEC) and was the first and only editor so far. After I was transferred from NECTEC to NSTDA, the new Director, Dr. Taweesakdi Kooanantakul asked me to stay on and help him with the editorship task. My basic responsibility is to oversee the articles to be published in the magazine and write an editorial in every issue. NECTEC Magazine aims to publish the research work of NECTEC's researchers and staff as well as articles from faculty members and friends from other institutions. However, the submitted articles must conform to the policy of NECTEC. The charm of articles published in NECTEC Magazine is in its Thai local contents. You will not find translation of IT articles from other foreign IT magazines in our NECTEC Magazine. If you are interested to be a member of NECTEC Magazine please call Miss Somsri at Tel 02-564-6900 .

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Team Leader and Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI ) for Thailand

          Every year an IOI is organized for the youths from all over the world to compete in their programming talents. IOI has been an important annual event since 1989. At present more than 70 countries send their high school students to compete in IOI and half of them will go back home with medals and satisfaction. I was appointed the Thai team leader since 1990. At the beginning, I went to observe the competition in Minsk and learn about the rules and the kinds of problems that students will be given in the competition. In 1991, we sent a team and started with collecting a silver medal and two bronzes.
          To be able for the high school students to compete, they need to be properly trained in the programming and problem solving. The training of Thai students is organized by the Institute for Promoting Science and Technology Teaching. All instructors come from several universities such as Chulalongkorn University , Kasetsart University , Assumption University and NECTEC. I joined almost all the IOI's since 1990 except the 1999 IOI in Turkey because I was engaged in a Y2K National Meeting. In 2000 we went to IOI in China and our students got three silvers and one bronze.
Tiring of the whole week competition which requires a lot of traveling time and competition stress, I decided to hold only the Chairmanship of the IOI Subcommittee to train and select qualified students for IOI.

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