Thailand Industrial Talks on International Day of Light 2022: Optical Communications and Woman in Science & Engineering

By Keattisak Sripimanwat - Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Thailand Chapter

As previous years, Thai ComSoc chapter joined the International Day of Light (IDL — May 16) event as the national contact node. IDL2022 theme was set on the sustainable development with optical communications. Two invited talks designed for non-technical background audiences, were given online by large industrial firms updating their optical fiber networks and services to the public.

The opening talk entitled “Optical Communication Network for National Electricity Generating” was presented by Mr.Pornpong Chiewcharat, a senior engineer from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). Starting from the basic of both electricity and its communication network through the services, lightwave communication in real life could be realized via this grid application as well.

Next, Mr.Puttapong Patumrattanachot, a communication engineer from recent largest TELOCS locally, Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS), illustrated optical fiber foundation for wireless communication network. Related knowledge through the contemporary services was presented in the topic of “Network foundation and AIS optical fiber services.”

All optical routes of both networks covering the whole country are also shown impressively on a single national maps. Detail and videos of these talks are recorded at

In parallel at early of the year 2022, IEEE ComSoc Thailand formally jointed the campaign “Woman in Science & Engineering (WISE)” for the first time. Under the initiated WISE series 2022, inspired stories of Dr.Asanee Kawtrakul, emeritus professor in telecommunications and computer engineering field, were published monthly. Her experiences on critical thinking, decision making, and many valuable suggestions to students through young female engineers to the public, were focused and digested. Those seven popular columns are serving at

By successfully organizing above mentioned IDL & WISE 2022, more case studies shall be extended in the further years. Introduction for the invited topic and people from the public is also welcome.