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Date: November 25 - 26, 2010
Venue: Chaophya Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Organized by:
- Asian Institute of Technology
- Kyoto University
- Kyoto University Global COE Program “Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities”

Number of attendants: 70

Report 097



Fulfilling basic human needs and assuring the self-sustainable recovery from environmental pollution and disasters in Asian Megacities have been the major challenges for several decades, and the situation still needs more improvement. Against such a background, Kyoto University has launched a new Global Center Of Excellence (GCOE) Program entitled “Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities” since 2008 fiscal year. The purpose of this GCOE program is to establish the discipline of “Urban Human Security Engineering” and to provide education for next-generation researchers and high-level practitioners for human security in Asia.

One of the characteristics of this GCOE program is to implement area-specific research and education. The program set up 6 overseas bases and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok is one of them.

The symposium aims to deepen the understanding of urban human security engineering and develop its policy and implementation. In addition, the symposium will contribute to strengthen a broad range of human security network between ASEAN countries through the distinguished speakers who are invited from the countries.


In the oversea base of Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, the symposium which covers both the AIT oversea base symposium and the research filed symposium of “Urban Infrastructure Management” is held to aim at the realization of human security around Asian regions and the social implementation of human security engineering. Researchers who engage in urban governance, urban infrastructure management, and disaster risk management will gather together and share research progresses including new developed engineering system and challenging trials of social implementation of engineering technique. In addition, it is also aimed to implement overarching discussions to develop the concept of “Human Security Engineering”.

Achievement and Results
In the symposium, Dr. Montri Dechasakulsom, who is a deputy director of Highway Research and Analysis Division, Department of Highways, Thailand, made a keynote lecture titled “Highway Research for sustainable development in Thailand”.
In the symposium sessions, we have seven sessions such as “critical infrastructure for human activities, “infrastructure asset management”, “transportation logistics”, “geo-infrastructure asset management”, “energy supply system”, “water resource and food supply system” and “natural and man-made disaster risk management”. In each session, three speakers made presentations on each specific research field. Although the specialty of participants included a variety of research fields, overarching discussions were positively done between participants in each session.
Finally, they confirmed the continuous relationship between Kyoto University and Asian Institute of Technology. In addition, they agreed with the involvement of participants from other countries and broaden their horizon on the development of the concept of “Human Security Engineering” and social implementation of “Human Security Engineering”.