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Scholarly Service




Santi Phithakkitnukoon


I am an associate 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 (now Open 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


June 2019

+ Our paper on Constructing Time-Dependent Origin-Destination Matrices with Adaptive Zoning Scheme and Measuring Their Similarities with Taxi Trajectory Data has been accepted for publication with the IEEE Access journal. It is a collaborative work with University of Calgary, University of Coimbra, and MIT.


March 2019

+ There are master’s degree and doctoral degree scholarships as well as postdoctoral fellowships available under the CMU Presidential Scholarship Program for 2019 academic year at Chiang Mai University. Contact me if you’re interested.


Feb 2019

+ Our Faculty members visited the Asian Institute of Technology to seek possible areas of collaborations.


January 2019

+ Our collaborative research work with the University of Calgary, Canada on “Understanding Human Mobility Patterns in a Developing Country Using Mobile Phone Data” has been published with the Data Science Journal.


November 2018

+ I gave a talk on Data Science for Executives: Why Data is the New Oil? for the CCIO Program, invited by the National Innovation Agency of Thailand (NiA)  on 24th Nov 2019 at the Anantara Hotel, Bangkok.




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