STUDENT LIFE

CMKL Student Q&A Responses
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Mr. Yang Qi

Academics

1. Briefly talk about your project and the work process involved? (including project name, industrial name, scope, project objectives, etc.)
For my project,I decided to work on a fall detection system using geophones and a Support Vector Machine (SVM). The scope of the project involves elderly care, health care, and structural sensing. The goal of the project is to use technologies such as Artificial Intelligence to help elders who live alone or stay at the nursing room get help if they suffer from a fall.

2. What inspired you? How did you conceive the idea for this project?
I initially got the idea from Mr. Park, the principle visionary architect from KBTG. I then started conducting a large amount of research and discovered that while the elder care market is large, current solutions are not effective enough. Some people dislike attached devices to detect falls and other technologies are impractical or limited. I ended up reading some related projects where researchers use geophone sensors with SVM algorithms to detect human behaviors and became interested. The most popular research regarding this technology has been conducted by CMU professors Dr. Pei Zhang and Dr. Hea Young. I also asked Amelie Bonde, a CMU Ph.D. student from their research project for help.

3. What do you think you’ve learned during your time with CMKL so far and what values have you acquired?
Apart from the knowledge I’ve gained from classes and textbooks, I’ve developed the skills to identify real-world problems and create practical solutions to solve them. The solution does not always need to involve high-end technology; sometimes a combination of different solutions is the best approach. The ability to identify the real problem from a conversation or analyzing the data has been an essential skill that I’ve gained. Moreover, I’ve found myself starting to gather information regarding entrepreneurship and have developed an entrepreneurial mindset.

Student Life

1. What are your thoughts regarding the professors, staff, and fellow students? Have any of them had a significant impact on your education or life here in Thailand?
The professors at CMKL have been very kind and patient; I’ve benefitted a lot from having access to as many one-on-one discussions as I want. With the help of their superior vision, I’ve been able to overcome many roadblocks that I’ve faced. The staff members are very friendly; we work and live together more like friends. They are always one call away and stand by our sides whenever we face any problems with our daily lives. They not only support us by helping us with those big or small issues in our lives, but also spread warmth and kindness. Our interactions make us feel more like a member of a small family that makes me feel that I am never alone.
My fellow students are awesome. I’m so happy that we’re able to experience a certain degree of diversity here, despite the fact that there are only five of us in total. We help each other with our projects by offering our own strengths and individual expertise. We also discuss each others approach to the next step and try to develop a plan to take into action.

2. Describe your time studying at CMKL? Did you find it stressful, fun, enjoyable, helpful?
This past semester was kind of stressful, mainly because we were working on two projects simultaneously in addition to two lectures. I wish I could slow down the projects a bit in order to have more time to understand the basic concepts since the professors have been pushing us to achieve progress when we were new to those areas. During our time outside of the classroom, we still have time to hang out; however, there isn’t much to do since Lat Krabang is a boring place.

3. Have you formed any special bonds with any of the other students?
Yes, I’ve formed strong friendships with the other three students, and we’ve spent a lot of time together both inside and outside of the classroom.

4. How did you encourage those students or how did they encourage you to persevere?
I’ve helped Yurun and Prabh discover new ways to pursue their research areas and communicate with professors since I am more familiar with the way professors work in U.S. universities. I think this enables them to plan their next move strategically and effectively. They’ve also encouraged me a lot by offering me suggestions and just being around all the time. In addition, Molly encourages me to eat lunch, dinner, and go home on time every day.

5. Can you describe a time you were impressed by the other students or any moment they inspired you?
When I was struggling with my research projects, I stayed late every day and was experiencing a lot of stress. They came to me and said, “so are we.” It was a simple thing that made me feel so much better.

6. Since studying here in Thailand, away from home, have you felt homesick at all? If so, how have you dealt with that feeling?
I’ve been studying alone since elementary school when I was sent to a boarding school. I was lucky enough to get used to it at a young age, but I love my family like everyone. I usually have a video call with my parents once a week to keep in touch with them.

Ms. Yurun Tian

Academics

1. Briefly talk about your project and the work process involved? (including project name, industrial name, scope, project objectives, etc.)
My project is Gesture Emotion Detection, conducted in collaboration with KBTG. I’ve developed a real-time customer emotion tracking system so that KBank can improve their service quality accordingly.


2. What inspired you? How did you conceive the idea for this project?
I really want to learn more about machine learning on computer vision, so I thought this was a good opportunity for me to get involved in computer vision. I previously read some exciting research about human body gesture detection and affective learning, so I wanted to try it out in this project.

3. What do you think you’ve learned during your time with CMKL so far and what values have you acquired?
I’ve learned how to define a specific goal out of an extensive problem and I now understand the basic process of conducting scientific research. Of course, my engineering ability has improved significantly from my experience at CMKL. Last but not least, I’ve learned how to communicate with different stakeholders and have gained a lot of confidence.

Student Life

1. What are your thoughts regarding the professors, staff, and fellow students? Have any of them had a significant impact on your education or life here in Thailand?
Helpful – this is the first word comes to mind. Professor Orathai and Professor Akkarit have taught me a lot regarding how to conduct research the right way. They have been so generous and are always willing to give us advice or help us with any questions we have. Ying and Prae are so warm and cute and have made our life so much more colorful; we feel like we’re in our own home every time we interact with them.


2. Describe your time studying at CMKL? Did you find it stressful, fun, enjoyable, helpful?
All of the above. The coursework has been stressful of course, but I’ve had great friends to help get me through.


3. Have you formed any special bonds with any of the other students?
Yes, I feel so lucky to have made such good friends with all of the students. They’ve made me so much happier and have made my life so much more interesting here.

4. How did you encourage those students or how did they encourage you to persevere?
By playing Uno and eating good food together (just kidding hahaha). The other students put things into perspective and help me understand when things don’t go as planned; they help me clear my mind when nothing seems to be going my way. They’re always so willing to give me insightful ideas to help improve my projects, studying, and just life in general.

5. Can you describe a time you were impressed by the other students or any moment they inspired you?
Countless times. When I feel depressed or disappointed, they give me so much support. I feel so touched and hope I can help them someday. When Prabh gives me advice on how to improve my research plan, when Molly hugged me when I cried, and when Yang helps me with my English, I am so grateful. They are all great people. They always support their friends, and so I also do that for them.


6. Since studying here in Thailand, away from home, have you felt homesick at all? If so, how have you dealt with that feeling?
Actually, I haven’t felt homesick at all. First of all, I’ve been too busy with my classes to feel homesick. Second, I have great friends and good company here. I’ve been able to explore a new way of living and I think the experience has helped me grow as a person. The staff members here treat us like we’re members of their family and both the professors and industry partners are willing to help us when we face difficulties – I couldn’t feel luckier. Even if I didn't do a satisfactory job in some courses, I’ve continued learning, which makes me content with this experience.

Mr. Prabh Simran Bejawe

Academics

1. Briefly talk about your project and the work process involved? (including project name, industrial name, scope, project objectives, etc.)
With the increase in health issues, it has become very important to make sure the freshness of products sold by the producers of goods is maintained. Supply Chain Management plays a big role to help reduce this issue. We (a team of one Ph.D. student from CMU, one professor from CMU, and two professors from CMKL) are working towards getting the probable estimate of the products from the warehouses of the industry partner, ThaiBev. This project can help not only ThaiBev, but other big industries in Asia with similar types of issues such as slow internet, less automation in the warehouses, small hardware devices, etc.

2. What do you believe you’ve learned during your time with CMKL so far and the values you’ve acquired?
I’ve had very good industry experience at CMKL so far, and I have been lucky to get the first-hand experience that it is not always the same to solve a research problem in the lab and in the industry. There are a lot of other practical factors that need to be taken into consideration while developing a model that will be deployed. Adding that challenge to the projects makes them more interesting. Also, I feel lucky to get guidance from three professors on the project. At a large institution like CMU, it’s hard to get that kind of experience.

Student Life

1. What are your thoughts regarding the professors, staff, and fellow students? Have any of them had a significant impact on your education or life here in Thailand?
Everyone around me has been very motivating and comforting in difficult situations. These are the times where you understand the true value of an institution. Whenever there have been difficult situations for us or situations where we are confused about the next steps, either the professors, the staff, or the fellow students are always willing to help.


2. Describe your time studying at CMKL? Did you find it stressful, fun, enjoyable, helpful?
My time at CMKL has been really good so far. There were elements of stress, fun, and helpfulness involved. I have had some great discussions with fellow students, professors, and the staff – I will cherish those moments.


3. Have you formed any special bonds with any of the other students?
Yes, I feel lucky to have good friends here at CMKL who are always supportive. This makes it easier for all of us to face the difficulties of being a graduate student together.

Ms. Xiaomeng Li

Academics

1. Briefly talk about your project and the work process involved? (including project name, industrial name, scope, project objectives, etc.)
My project is "Phishing URL Synthesis and Detection based on Generative Adversarial Networks," conducted in the field of computer security. This project hopes to train a URL generator and phishing URL detector to use deep learning models in a collaborative way that enables them to co-evolve, improving each other through mutual feedback.

2. What inspired you? How did you conceive the idea for this project?
I was inspired by KBank, one of our partners, who wants to promote e-banking services and aims to find ways to defend against phishing attacks. We proposed the project to help educate employees about phishing URLs and try to detect phishing URLs by using machine learning technology to make up for the current blacklist method.

3. What do you think you’ve learned during your time with CMKL so far and what values have you acquired?
I learned how to discover the root problem hidden beneath the surface and how to conduct the entire research process.

Student Life

1. What are your thoughts regarding the professors, staff, and fellow students? Have any of them had a significant impact on your education or life here in Thailand?
Thai people are very friendly and nice. The professors really think from the perspective of the students and encourage us to learn more in order to be successful in our careers. The staff is always willing to help us at any time and have made our experience much easier.


2. Describe your time studying at CMKL? Did you find it stressful, fun, enjoyable, helpful?
Studying here has been stressful, but ultimately fulfilling. In my case, I barely had time to have fun or relax.

3. How did you encourage those students or how did they encourage you to persevere?
We usually encourage each other by reminding ourselves that life can be challenging and stressful. It’s important that if we just give our best effort, everything will turn out to be fine.

4. Can you describe a time you were impressed by the other students or any moment they inspired you?
Time management is an important skill I learned from the other students. I was inspired by the time management ability of my classmates and it is something I have really improved upon.


5. Since studying here in Thailand, away from home, have you felt homesick at all? If so, how have you dealt with that feeling?
Yes, I’ve felt homesick at times. I’ve dealt with homesickness by having video calls with my family.
Yes, I’ve felt homesick at times. I’ve dealt with homesickness by having video calls with my family.