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We are delighted to have our Seminar opened by Associate Professor Kannika Sahakaro, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at PSU and outstanding researcher in rubber and polymer technology.Dr. Kannika Sahakaro has an impressive academic and research background, specializing in the field of natural rubber-related applications, silica-reinforced elastomers, elastomer blends, chemical modification of polymers, and thermoplastic elastomers. Her research contributions in these areas have been widely recognized, as evident from her lifetime citation count of 2351 and an h-index of 27. Her work has significantly advanced the understanding and application of these materials in various industries.
Our distinguished keynote speakers are Professor Dr Prasit Palittapongarnpim and Assistant Professor Dr Haris Khurram.

Professor Dr Prasit Palittapongarnpim currently works at the Pornchai Matangkasombut Center for Microbial Genomics, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University. His current works focus on bacterial genomics, particularly on Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Assistant Professor Dr Haris Khurram finished the PhD in Statistics in the area of Bayesian Non-Parametric Modelling from Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan . He is a lecturer in Statistics at National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences. Currently, He is doing the postdoctoral fellowship at Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus.

Dr Virasak is not only our own champion professor of epidemiology here at Prince of Songkla University but one of world's most distinguished researchers. His extensive expertise in addressing broad health problems, including tropical diseases and health systems, has made a significant impact on the field of public health. Furthermore, he has contributed to the scientific community by developing an open-source package for epidemiological data analysis based on R software used by scientists worldwide that have provided invaluable insights into epidemiological data analysis.

Our three discussants are Associate Professor Phattrawan Tongkumchum, Associate Prof. Dr. Halimah Binti Awang and Professor Don McNeil.
Both Dr Phattrawan and Dr Halimah completed their PhDs in Statistics and Actuarial Science, respectively, at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where our own "Ajan Don" served as foundation professor of Statistics until his retirement in 2001.
Dr Phattrawan has an outstanding publication record and continues to help graduate students in our Research Methodology and Data Science Analytics program.

Likewise, Associate Prof. Dr. Halimah Binti Awang continues to geneously help us, using her skill and experience as a top researcher. Her research interests include social protection, ageing, education, and sexual and reproductive health. Her ongoing research projects include understanding ageing and retirement, savings adequacy among EPF members, social protection programs in the ASEAN region, and Return to Work Programme for injured workers. She was also involved as a research consultant for the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, National Population & Family Development Board (LPPKN), PLUS Expressways Berhad, and Social Institute Of Malaysia.
We are honored to have Prof. Don McNeil, a respected professor, serve as a discussant. Prof. Don McNeil spent 8 years in the US after his PhD, gaining tenure at Princeton before returning to Australia as Professor of Statistics at Macquarie University, then helping to set up the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre and visiting Asian universities for IDP. After visiting PSU, Professor Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong and Professor Don McNeil began a research collaboration that has led to high quality PhD programs in Epidemiology and Research Methodology.
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, Faculty of Science & Technology, PSU
Last updated: January 24, 2024