The 8th ASEAN IVO Steering Committee meeting was held at the campus of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok on the morning of Tuesday, March 12.
The Chair was NICT Vice-president Dr. Fumihiko Tomita, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Widhyakorn Asdornwised (department of Electrical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University) served as co-Chair. The main topic of this meeting was the selection of projects for the 2019 Call for Proposals.
Under the three themes of “ICT Solutions from Farm to Meal”, “ICT for Environment Protection and Disaster Prevention”, and “Secure and Sustainable Connected Society”, 63 proposals were received in total. The 17 Steering Committee members each evaluated and ranked all 63 proposals. The top 5 projects were selected, based on the average of rankings given by all Steering Committee members.
Among the 5 selected projects, 3 include NICT as project member, and the remaining 2 include a Japanese university in their project teams. From these teams we can hope for many new developments in international research collaboration. NICT will continue coordinating with each team to ensure a smooth start to these projects.
Entering the fourth year from the launch of ASEAN IVO, the Committee also discussed the direction from here on in terms of activities, project promotion, evaluation and other matters.
Regarding the next Call for Proposals, the Secretariat proposed several changes to the submission and evaluation schedule as a response to the increasing number of proposals every year. This was approved by the Steering Committee. Additionally, other potential improvements to the evaluation system were discussed.
The next ASEAN IVO Forum and Steering Committee meeting will be held on November 20-21, 2019, at Manila, Philippines. Mapua University will serve as local host.