Apinun Tunpan

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Internet Education and Research Laboratory (intERLab) - Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)1



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Apinun Tunpan is a researcher turned entrepreneur who currently serves as Chief Technology Officer and Founder of the SMART Sense Industrial Design Co.,Ltd. (SMART-Sense) based in Bangkok, Thailand.

In 2009, Apinun joined intERLab, AIT, as Senior Research Specialist and conducted his research in the areas of Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANET), Vehicular Ad hoc Networks (VANET), and Self-Configuring Self-Healing Disaster Emergency Communication Networks. From 2013 to 2015, through the grants from the THNIC Foundation, and in 2014 through an ISIF Asia grant from the APNIC Foundation, Apinun was one of intERLab’s key persons in the research and development of Community Wireless Mesh Networks (CWMN) technology targeting at ICT for Development (ICT4D). His team’s CWMN prototypes were gradually tested and evolved in a small number of rural villages and rural schools in Thailand. He focused his CWMN research on making it easy-to-use, low-cost, and low-powered. Some major goals were to create simple and affordable wireless Internet mesh “routers” that allow rural citizens to get connected and to get involved in sustaining their CWMN deployments.

In December 2014, intERLab was supported by the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), USA, and the T/ICT4D Lab at International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy. NSRC and T/ICT4D ICTP’s researchers came to train intERLab’s team on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) technologies. IoT and WSN prototypes were built and deployed within AIT’s main campus in Pathumthani province, Thailand.

In December 2015, Apinun founded the SMART Sense Industrial Design Co.,Ltd. with a business partner and a seed investor from the Thai Industrial Sector. SMART-Sense currently is a Technology Startup company focusing on the design and realization of the Internet of Things (IoT) software and solutions for the Industrial Sector. SMART-Sense now has a number of referenced large corporate customers and is expected to expand its IoT solution business rapidly in the coming years.

Apinun Tunpan earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA, respectively in 2002 and 1997. He earned his B.Eng. in Computer Engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, in 1993.