“There is so much cutting-edge research”: visiting students from Thailand join Skoltech

This year, Skoltech initiated the “The Next Big Thing” project, a series of lectures by Skoltech professors, where prospective students and research fellows gained valuable insights into the latest developments in STEM fields such as AI, 5G/6G, smart grid technologies, and more. Within 4 days in March, professors visited 7 universities in Thailand searching for fresh talents. This month, the university welcomed 2 visiting students that did not miss the chance to contribute to Skoltech’s projects.

Visiting students from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (Bangkok, Thailand) Thanat Srisupha and Anusorn Wongsa. Source: Timur Sabirov.

Thanat Srisupha, a master student in electrical and computer engineering at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (Bangkok, Thailand), pursues research into high-efficiency 5G. He learnt about the lectures from his adviser: “To be honest, I never heard about Skoltech before, but after the lectures, I wanted to join as a visiting student and do research together, since Skoltech works with so many interesting research topics. I would like to join a project on channel coding or OpenRAN.”

Skoltech is at the cutting edge of 5G applied research, a global trend in the telecommunications industry. The visiting students aim to improve the decoding algorithms for the 5G station. These algorithms help identify and correct errors when transmitting data. To accelerate the error correction process, the Wireless Center works on a special hardware — the high performance LDPC decoder.  

Anusorn Wongsa is a PhD student in engineering at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang. His work holds exciting potential in polar decoding techniques, decoder implementation in hardware (FPGA), and 5G-related topics, which was exactly what drew Anusorn to the lecture: “At the event, two professors gave us keynote speeches about their research field. It was interesting. My professor sent his students to work with Skoltech and gain international academic experience.”

Anusorn recalls his first days at Skoltech as an eye-opening experience: “There is so much cutting-edge research in many fields. The Wireless Center implements a whole stack of mobile communication technologies that we are familiar with in our life, like 5G, RAN/O-RAN with an eye toward the next-generation 6G. I would like to contribute as much as I can to the lab. Currently, I am working on implementing the LDPC decoder in an FPGA, where it can turn into the simulator for the lab and somehow integrate within the O-RAN stack as well.”

The students say they are committed to every project task they are entrusted with. Professor Alexey Frolov from the Wireless Center agrees that the visiting students are largely responsible: “They have relevant experience, which they can apply here. The students are very hard-working and energetic. We are glad to welcome them here for a visiting program.”