Event Review on ASEAN Next 2019: Technology Driven for Community Happiness

Event Review on ASEAN Next 2019: Technology Driven for Community Happiness

The ASEAN Next 2019: Technology Driven for Community Happiness event was hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Thailand in collaboration with Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute (HAII). The prestigious event took place at Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel, Thailand from 18-22 March 2019. We are immensely proud that our very own Dr Azlin Ahmad from Advanced Analytics Engineering Center (AAEC), FSKM has been appointed as Key Opinion Leader for the 1st ASEAN Hydroinformatics Data Centre (AHC) which was held in conjuction with ASEAN Next 2019.

Throughout the program, Dr Azlin provided her expertise and key insights in:


  1. “ASEAN Hydroinformatics Data Centre (AHC) Meeting 2019” which aims to introduce and create understanding on AHC to all members, where each participant are expected to provide the recommendation and contribution to AHC and form the action plan of AHC
  2. “Workshop on Transformation of STI and Indigenous Knowledge to SDGs: 2019 Super Smart Community” which aims to promote the integration of STI, SMART Community and Sustainability from the success stories towards Sustainable Development Goals


Apart from Dr Azlin, there were two other representatives from Malaysia nominated and selected as Lead Member and Key Opinion Leader for Malaysia. They are:
  1. Prof. Dr Edy Tonnizam Mohamad from Centre of Tropical Geoengineering, University Teknologi Malaysia (Lead Member)
  2. Dr Kumeresan A. Danapalasingam from Center for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Key Opinion Leader) 
The ASEAN Hydroinformatics Data Centre (AHC), proposed by Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute (HAII), Thailand, is initiated based on experiences of Thailand’s disaster in 2011 which left severe impairments to the country’s economy and society.  As a result, Thailand established “National Hydroinformatics and Climate Data Centre – NHC” to integrate water and weather information from 35 government agencies over the country. The data is well gathered and easy to access, transmit, and transfer to inform policy makers and end-users accurately promptly. In this regard, AHC, as a scale-up initiative of NHC, could be an integrated platform for regional data sharing, technology matching, and capacity building on the implementation of Science and Technology to tackle climate change and water/weather-related disaster risk reduction for the ASEAN country. We believe that Dr Azlin has the experience and tenacity to contribute in the advancement of ASEAN Hydroinformatics Data Centre (AHC) Well Done Dr Azlin!

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