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Unleashing the Power of Agir-Photonics: Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) by Dr. Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn

Presentation session
Token of appreciation presented by Prof. Dr. Mohd. Adzir Mahdi, Director of Research Management Center, UPM.
Token of appreciation presented by Prof. Dr. Mohd. Adzir Mahdi, Director of Research Management Center, UPM.

On Thursday, May 30th, 2024, the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) Malaysia Chapter, in collaboration with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), organized a highly anticipated event: the Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) for the year. This prestigious lecture session welcomed Dr. Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn from the Institute of Public Policy and Development, Thailand, as our esteemed guest speaker. Dr. Sumriddetchkajorn enlightened the audience with profound insights into Agri-photonics, drawing from his extensive research and experiences. The convergence of photonics and digital technologies has been significant in ushering in Agriculture 4.0 and beyond. Dr. Sumriddetchkajorn ‘s lecture delved into the realm of photonics-sensing in precision agriculture and presented identified challenges and innovative prototypes to the audiences. Attendees were treated to illuminating examples spanning rice cultivation, fruit quality analysis, sericulture, and shrimp farming, each highlighting the transformative potential of photonics applications.

Siti Barirah Ahmad Anas
Introduction session by DLP moderator, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siti Barirah Ahmad Anas.

Of particular note were Dr. Sumriddetchkajorn ‘s pioneering endeavors in developing cost-effective and scalable photonic-based prototypes, offering promising solutions to industry challenges. Furthermore, he ventured into the realm of optical plasmonic sensing coupled with quantum technology, showcasing exciting prospects for the future of photonics sensing systems in agricultural contexts. Dr. Sumriddetchkajorn also highlighted that to effectively translate photonic science into practical, affordable, and problem-solving technology, it requires a collaborative and multidisciplinary effort involving diverse fields. The DLP session attracted a diverse cohort of approximately 30 participants and researchers specializing in photonics, underscoring its significance within the academic community. Moderating the discussion was Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siti Barirah Ahmad Anas, the chair of the IPS Malaysia Chapter. The event served not only as a platform for knowledge dissemination but also as a dynamic networking opportunity for students and researchers alike.

Group photo session with Dr. Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn.

As the curtains drew on DLP 2024, participants commemorated the occasion with a group photo, extending a token of appreciation to Dr. Sumriddetchkajorn for his invaluable contributions. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Adzir Mahdi, Director of the Research Management Center at UPM, presented the gesture on behalf of the organizers. With eager anticipation, we look forward to welcoming even more participants to DLP 2025, as we continue to illuminate the frontiers of photonics in agriculture.