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Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thailand
Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand
National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), Thailand
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)

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The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AFOSR/AOARD)
Japan Creativity Society (JCS)
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)


Tentative program schedule for the KICSS 2010 banquet

Venue: Grand Ballroom, Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Thailand
Date: Friday November 26th, 2010
Time Program Remark
18:00-18:30 Thai classical music (Sa-Law, Lor, Sueng) Give jasmine neck garland to all participants.
18:30-19:00 Opening speech and Toast Prof. Hiroshi Motoda and
Assoc. Prof. Thanaruk Theeramunkong
19:00-19:30 Traditional Thai Dance Shows:
  1. Klong Sabad Chai
  2. Fawn Kun Dok
Dinner starts
Students from RMUTL, Chiang Mai Campus
19:30-19:50 Announcement (I)
KICSS2010 presentation
Gift presentation (SC, OC, Staff)
Assoc. Prof. Thanaruk Theeramunkong and
Dr. Virach Sornlertlamvanich
19:50-20:05 Traditional Thai Dance Shows:
Fawn Pank Pratheep
Students from RMUTL Chiang Mai Campus
20:05-20:35 Announcement (II)
Paper Award Ceremony
KICSS 2011 Announcement

Prof. Susumu Kunifuji
Prof. Xijin Tang
20:35-20:50 Closing speech
Award Nomination Ceremony
20:50-21:00 Staff photograph OC + All Staffs
21:00-21:30 Thai classical music (Sa-Law, Lor, Sueng)

Thai Traditional Orchestra

Accompanying classical Thai dance is a traditional orchestra, using unique instruments such as the ranad (a wooden, floor level xylophone), sa-law (a bow-shaped instrument played with a violin-like bow), and two bamboo flutes, the phin pia and the khlui. The "pii-phaat" ensemble consists of between five and seven instruments and produces a pleasant mid-tempo melody to a steady metronomic rhythm. It is a charming and pleasant experience, played out with patience and repeating measures, perfect background music for your dining. Northern Thai music has a subtle difference (to the unfamiliar), and employs different instruments, excluding the sa law and phin pia. It features a slightly aggressive "nasal sounding" flute, rather like an Indian snake charmer. Mention should also be given to contemporary music, for the Thai are gifted singers and modern Thailand boasts a very active music industry which has produced many pop stars over the years. Although most of them sing in Thai, the music is non-the-less excellent, particularly the ballades and professional song writing and production ability. The grassroots music of the Northeast (Isaan) has been fused into a modern rock style and enjoys wide support.

Thai Musical Instruments

Sa-law is a bowed string instrument, similar to those played in central Thailand. It is rather crudely built and does not have the refinement of other stringed instruments.

Saw (or 'pisaw') is a wind instrument played by mouth. The 'serng' is a four-stringed instrument, practically identical to the guitar or banjo.

Phin pia is one of northern Thailand's most distinctive musical instruments. Though infrequently found at khantoke dinner shows, the instrument has gained increasing exposure through academic interest and the current trend in promoting regional culture. A quiet instrument, perhaps reflective of the soft-spoken khon muang (the local population), it has become one of the premiere examples of northern Thai music in recent years.

Sueng is a plucked fretted lute from the northern region of Thailand. The instrument is made from hardwood and its strings (numbering either four or six) are most often made of steel wire. It has nine raised frets. The sueng is part of a northern Thai traditional ensemble called the salo-so (saw)-sueng ensemble, along with the salo (3-string spike fiddle) and pi so (free reed pipe).

Traditional Lanna Northern Thai Dance & Performance

The Lanna culture of Northern Thailand is known for the grace of its art forms. Lanna dances, while less formal than Khon and Lakhon, are precise ritual expressions of reverence that derive their beauty from a more earthy connection to the spiritual world.

Fawn Kun Dok - Lanna Thai flower dance class.

Fawn Kun Dok is once sacred dances performed at court functions on days of special festivals. The objective of Lanna Thai dances is respect to Buddhism and cerebrate religious ceremony. The dancers held a bowl of flower in Lanna style in the hands. Because of their special significance and the similarity of accompanying instruments, they were usually performed on the same day.

Fawn Pank Pratheep - Lanna Thai candle dance class. Fawn Pank Pratheep is a slow gentle ritual dance illuminated by pank pratheeps or candles which held in the hands of the dancers as they perform enchanting gestures of worship to pay homage to the divinities, who protect the eight cardinal points of the Earth, asking them to pass through the candlelight in homage to Buddhist wisdom.

Klong Sabad Chai - physical training in Thai Drum Dance.

Klong Sabad Chai is a the sacred dance of the victory drum, performed as an integral part of the drumming. Hung from double wooden sticks and carried by men, the Klong Sabad Chai boran (drum) has been used for more than seven hundred years in rituals proclaiming the victories of warriors and kings. The beating of the drum requires agility and virtuosity in using many parts of the body and all parts of the drum including the wooden frame to create the hypnotic power of this ritual drum dance.