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Scholarly Service




Santi Phithakkitnukoon


I am an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. My research focuses on mining large-scale digital footprints such as mobile phone CDRs, GPS traces, online social networking data, and sensory data to better understand social behavior and urban dynamics. My research interests include Social Computing, Pervasive Computing, and Urban Computing.


I am originally from Chiang Mai, Thailand. I received my B.S.(hons) and M.S. both in Electrical Engineering in 2003 and 2005 respectively from the Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA. I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA in 2009. I then joined the SENSEable City Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Postdoctoral Researcher until January 2011 and continue my associate with MIT as a Research Affiliation since. In 2011, I went to the United Kingdom (UK) and joined the Digital Interaction group at the Culture Lab, Newcastle University as a Research Associate. Before coming to Chiang Mai University in June 2014, I was a Lecturer in Computing at the Computing and Communications Department at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK (October 2012 - July 2014).


For prospective students


+ If you are interested in doing a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering at Chiang Mai University under my supervision, please contact me to discuss a research proposal.

+ You should have a strong background in machine learning, data mining, and statistics.

+ You should be capable of programing with a high level language such as R or Matlab.

+ Please also read this for information about our Ph.D. program.



What*s new


Nov 2017

+ I give a talk on Data Science in Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University. The talk has been covered by The Matter. One particular topic on Chiang MaiÕs smoky season is covered by UddC on Facebook.


June 2017

+ Our paper on Inferring Social Influence in Transport Mode Choice using Mobile Phone Data has been accepted for publication with the EPJ Data Science (Impact Factor=2.787).


May 2017

+ I am co-organizing the 6th Workshop on Pervasive Urban Applications (PURBA-17) in conjunction with UbiComp 2017 held in Maui, Hawaii, 11-15 Sept 2017.


April 2017

+ Our team has been chosen as a research partner for Thailand Department of Tourism to develop and implement new (big) data collection and analytics systems.




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