TC-R²P/Thai Robotics Society/RAS Thailand International Workshop

International Workshop topic

Challenges of Applying Intelligent and Autonomous Robots in Real-World Applications

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We are pleased to inform you that we will hold an Joint International Workshop, organized by the TC-R²P, the Thai Robotics Society and the IEEE RAS Thailand Chapter. Please join our Committee to take part in this workshop, where we will have experts from both Academia and Industry discussing the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. 

Date & Time

  • Date: June 17, 2021 
  • Workshop duration: 8:30a.m. ~ 12:30p.m.
  • Place: Bangkok, Thailand (Virtual, Timezone GMT+7)
  • Registration: Register online at to receive the Zoom Address.


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Keynote Speakers


Field Robotics and its Application in Civil Infrastructure Maintenance

Prof. Dikai Liu

Distinguished Professor / Director, Robotics Institute, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Co-Chair, IEEE Technical Committee of Robotics Research for Practicality

Maintaining civil infrastructure assets, including bridges, water mains pipes, transmission towers and underwater pipes, has been strictly constrained by humans’ limits and health/safety requirements. The need for safe, efficient and effective maintenance has led to a desire to automate maintenance operations. Intelligent robots that can operate either autonomously or collaboratively with humans in a complex infrastructure environment provide a very promising solution. However, developing autonomous or human collaborative robots for such application has a number of fundamental challenges. One is the way in which a robot moves and supports itself must be appropriate to the type of infrastructure. Another challenge is how the robot can operate autonomously because remote control of maintenance robots is not feasible due to the complexity of the environment and the difficulty of controlling motion in real-time. This seminar will first discuss the functionalities robots should have for infrastructure maintenance. Key methodologies that enable the development of intelligent robots will then be discussed. After that, case studies will be presented, including autonomous and human-collaborative robots that have been practically developed for maintenance of bridges, underwater structures and transmission towers.


Endoscopic Endonasal Transsphenoidal Surgical Robot with Optical Tracking Control

Assoc. Prof. Jackrit Suthakorn Ph.D.

Executive Director, Center for Biomedical and Robotics Technology (BART LAB)
Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, Thailand

Endoscopic Endonasal Transsphenoidal Surgery (EETS) is a standard procedure to treat the pituitary adenoma, which is a tumor in the pituitary gland that results in the malfunction of hormones. Although the method is substantially minimal invasive, offering numerous benefits to the patients, the surgeon on the other hand may experience challenges pertaining to the complexity of the surgery. Some of the well-known challenges and risks are narrow surgery pathway, limited working area, lack of case studies for practicing, steep learning curve owing to the intricate steps, and the risk from the tool insertion. This research focuses on the development of a prototype surgical robotic system to assist a surgeon in the EETS. The robotic system consists of two main parts, 3D navigation system and a surgical robot. Pre-operative images from CT are used to create a 3D model of bone anatomy in the workspace. 3D model along with an optical tracking system is used to provide real-time navigation with virtual endoscope. The robot design is based on path and workspace in the normal procedure of the endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery via the nostrils path. The robot is planned to works as the instrument holder, which works cooperatively with surgeon to provide higher stability and also to reduce the fatigue of the surgeon during the operation. The aim is to assist in endoscope manipulation for visual inspection of the sphenoid sinus cavities with force feedback.  A 4-DOF surgical robot which provides remote center of motion for medical tools manipulation. The intended result of a research is to develop the ergonomic workspace to keep neurosurgeon comfortable and injury-free and to reduce the initial surgical time. This system will ensure neurosurgeons for the patient safety during the establishment to expose at sphenoid sinus. This present study reveals the proof-of-concept robot-assisted Endonasal Endoscopic Transsphenoidal approach. This establishes the feasibility of the evolution of robotic assistance to enhance neurosurgeons toward their limits of minimally invasive surgical techniques. With the simple navigation system, the state of the art and the future challenges of Endonasal Endoscopic Transsphenoidal approach are discovered. 


Industrial Application of pHRI

Prof. Kazuhiro Kosuge

Director, Center for Transformative AI and Robotics
Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku U., Japan

In this talk, we consider how HRI (Human Robot Interaction) will be applied to real issues in an automobile factory. Many researchers have been carrying out research in HRI based on their own belief that HRI is going to open a new research field which will lead to creative robots in the future. A robot is a system, which consists of many devices and technologies. A new robot in a new field could be created by developing/enriching devices/technologies to meet the requirements of the new field. Having a clear target for the robot in the new field will help researchers to find out real issues which need to be addressed for future HRI systems. A co-worker robot PaDY (in time Parts/tools Delivery to You robot) has been developed in our laboratory for assisting a worker in an assembly process of an automobile factory more than 10 years ago. We introduce some of our recent research results relating to PaDY and discuss how the concept will be extended to other fields. We will also consider how recent advancement in AI will enhance the robot technology. 


Robot Intelligence Inspired by Nature

Prof. Poramate Manoonpong

Principal Investigator at Research Center of Advanced Robotics and Itelligent Automation (ARIA
Professor, Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science & Technology (VISTEC), Thailand

There is an increasing demand of using robots in our everyday life for a variety of applications, like inspection, healthcare, industry, service, etc. These robots have to intelligently perform multiple functions (like locomotion, manipulation, and navigation) for the applications. They should be able to also learn and adapt to deal with new and unpredictable situations. However, there are many key challenges that need to be addressed to achieve robot intelligence (“robots that can act, learn, and adapt by themselves to deal with unexpected situations”). In this talk, I will present our nature-inspired solution which brings the goal of creating robot intelligence a little bit closer. 

 Panel Discussion Members

Witaya c
Assoc. Prof. Witaya Wannasuphoprasit 
Chulalongkorn University
Siridech cAssoc. Prof. Dr. Siridech Boonsang
Supachai c
Asst. Prof. Supachai Vongbunyong
Siwaruk c
Dr. Siwaruk Siwamogsatham
Supachai c
Asst. Prof. Supachai Vongbunyong
Hospital Automation Research Center (HAC) @ FIBO
Mahisorn c
Dr. Mahisorn Wongphati
HiveGround Co., Ltd.
Kittikul c
Dr. Kittikul Kovitanggoon
Solitech Innovations and Technologies Co., Ltd.
Panin c
Mr. Panin Pienroj
OZT Robotics Co., Ltd.

Workshop Program 


Welcome Speech: TRS President
Assoc. Prof. Witaya Wannasuphoprasit (Chulalongkorn University)

Opening Speech: Co-chair of IEEE RAS TC-R2P
Prof. Kazuhiro Kosuge (Tohoku University)

8:40~8:50 Introduction to IEEE RAS TC for Robotics Research for Practicality
Prof. Kazuhiro Kosuge (Co-chair of TC-R2P)

Introduction to Thai Robotics Society (TRS)
Assoc. Prof. Witaya Wannasuphoprasit (TRS President)

9:00~9:30 Keynote Talk 1
Field Robotics and its Application in Civil Infrastructure Maintenance
Prof. Dilai Liu (UTS, TC-R2P co-chair)

Keynote Talk 2
Endoscopic Endonasal Transsphenoidal Surgical Robot
Assoc. Prof. Jackrit Suthakorn (Mahidol University)


Panel Discussion 1
Topic: Robots for COVID-19


  • Assoc. Prof. Witaya Wannasuphoprasit (Chulalongkorn University)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siridech Boonsang (KMITL)
  • Asst. Prof. Supachai Vongbunyong (KMUTT)
  • Dr. Siwaruk Siwamogsatham (NSTDA)
10:40~11:10 Keynote Talk 3
Industrial Application of pHRI
Prof. Kazuhiro Kosuge (Tohoku University)
11:10~11:40 Keynote Talk 4
Robot Intelligence Inspired by Nature
Prof. Poramate Manoonpong (VISTEC)
11:40~12:20 Panel Discussion 2
Topic: Robotic Startups in Thailand
  • Asst. Prof. Supachai Vongbunyong (Hospital Automation Research Center  @ FIBO)
  • Dr. Mahisorn Wongphati (HiveGround Co., Ltd.)
  • Dr. Kittikul Kovitanggoon (Solitech Innovations and Technologies Co., Ltd.)
  • Mr. Panin Pienroj (OZT Robotics Co., Ltd.)
12:20~12:30 Closing Remarks

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