Dr. Supachai Vongbunyong, PhD

Lecturer & Assistant Director of Research and International Affairs – Institute of Field Robotics (FIBO)

Topic: Workforce in Robotics and Automation in Manufacturing Industry – Collaboration between Industry and Education Sectors

Dr Supachai Vongbunyon received PhD in Manufacturing Engineering from The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Bachelor and Master Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University. His research expertise is life cycle engineering, sustainable manufacturing, additive manufacturing, disassembly automation, CAD/CAM, and robotics and automation in medical applications.

He started his research career in robotics and automation in 2005 at Regional Center of Robotic Technology, Chulalongkorn University. In 2009, he became a member of Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering Research Group (SMLCE@UNSW) and Joint German Australia Research Group (JGARG) working on cognitive robotics in disassembly automation to resolve one of the challenging issues in life cycle engineering. In 2013, he became a Researcher in Business, who bridged the gap between an academic institute (UNSW) and cutting-edge technological-driven industry (Breseight Pty. Ltd, Australia), and worked on additive manufacturing focusing on medical applications. As specialist in these fields, he has become a scientific committee for CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering. In 2015, he became a lecturer at the Institute of Field Robotics, a co-founder and head of I AM Research Group. He has continued working and producing high quality research in the various fields of automation and sustainable manufacturing.

2015 – Present Lecturer: Institute of Field robotics (FIBO), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi

  • Assistant Director of Research and International Affairs (2016 – Present)
  • Lecturer: Robot Structure Design, Sensors & Actuators
  • Lab Head & Co-founder: Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing (I AM) Research Group
  • Scientific committee: The CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering (2016 – Present)
  • Speakers: in the area of automation, robotics, and Industrie 4.0
  • Visiting Lecturer, Mahidol University International College (MUIC), Thailand

2013 –2015 Researcher in Business: Advanced Manufacturing Services, Breseight Pty Ltd

2012 – 2015 Research Associate (Post-doc): Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering Research Group,
School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia

2009 –2012 Researcher (PhD Candidate): Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering Research Group,
School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia

2007 –2009 Researcher (M.Eng.): Regional Center of Robotic Technology, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Workforce in Robotics and Automation in Manufacturing Industry – Collaboration between Industry and Education Sectors

ในปัจจุบันอุตสาหกรรมการผลิตของประเทศไทยกำลังก้าวเข้าสู่ยุคอุตสาหกรรม 4.0 องค์ประกอบที่สำคัญมากไม่น้อยไปกว่าเทคโนโลยีคือทรัพยากรบุคคลในสายงานหุ่นยนต์และระบบอัตโนมัติ ซึ่งปัจจุบันเป็นความท้าทายอย่างมากที่ภาคการศึกษาจะสามารถผลิตบุคลากรที่ตอบโจทย์ความต้องการของอุตสาหกกรมได้ ดังนั้นความร่วมมือกันระหว่างภาคการศึกษาและภาคอุตสาหกรรมการผลิตจึงเป็นสิ่งสำคัญมากในการที่จะพัฒนาบุคลากรที่มีทักษะความเชี่ยวชาญและทักษะที่ตอบสนองความต้องการของอุตสาหกรรมได้ แนวทางที่สำคัญอย่างหนึ่งคือการให้นักศึกษาเข้าถึงเทคโนโลยีและการทำงานจริงในขณะกำลังศึกษาอยู่ ซึ่งความร่วมมือระหว่างอาจารย์ นักศึกษา และ บุคลากรในอุตสาหกรรม สามมารถเกิดขึ้นในหลายรูปแบบ อาทิเช่น การวิจัยและพัฒนาเทคโนโลยีร่วม และ การสร้างธุรกิจเทคโนโลยี เป็นต้น

Thailand’s manufacturing industry has been transforming to Industrie 4.0. It cannot be denied that robotics and automation (RA) are one of the key technologies of this transformation. Apart from the advanced technology in RA that enable smart and sustainable manufacturing system, human resource in RA is one of the most important key components. These days, it has been a great challenge that the current education system will be capable of producing competent people who can serve industrial needs. Therefore, the collaboration between industrial and educational sectors is crucial in order to effectively produce skillful workforce in RA. The collaboration can be in a number of forms, including research and development of technology, co-op program, tech start-up, etc.

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