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Establishment of Research Laboratory


       The establishment of research laboratories goes along with and plays the support roles of the development of the country. The High Voltage Research Laboratory (HVRL) was established in 1955 as the first research laboratory in electrical engineering department. Since then the Laboratory has been used extensively for education, research, and services. It serves as a resource for student laboratory work, supplementing a number of electrical engineering courses. The High Voltage Laboratory has been assigned responsibility by the Thai Government for testing electrical products for compliance with Thai Industrial Standards, as well as with other international and national standards. The Power System Research Laboratory (PSRL), before 1997 called Energy System Research Laboratory, was first established in 1980. In the beginning, most research works concerned conventional electrical power system problems, e.g. power stability, loss minimization, power system protection, etc. The Control Systems Research Laboratory (CSRL) was established in 1985. Its goal is to conduct research on various aspects of control systems and to apply the knowledge obtained to practical problems in Thai industry.

       During 1975-1987, the research laboratories relevant to the field of electronics were gradually established. Semiconductor Device Research Laboratory (SDRL) was found in 1975. The main purpose is to be the center for the study, research and development of semiconductor materials in both engineering and physical aspects. In 1987, the Digital System Research Laboratory (DSRL, now recognized as IDAR) was established. The activities of DSRL are focused upon developments of consumer products, simulation software and VLSI designs. The Industrial Instrumentation Research Laboratory (IIRL) was also created in 1987. The original aim was to upgrade staff capability in adapting, improving, and eventually designing and producing industrial instruments. Turning back to 1983, the Power Electronics Research Laboratory (PERL) was set up to serve the requirements of the local industrial sector concerning the application of power electronics. Bio-Electronic Research Laboratory (BERL) is a new research Laboratory established in the 7th National Development Plan (1992-1996). The objective of the BERL is to link and apply the knowledge of electrical & electronics engineering to the biological and biotechnology field, which is an advantage point of Thailand. Optoelectronics research laboratory (OERL) is another new research laboratory created in the 8th NESDB plan, starting in 2003. Its objectives include the postgraduate study and the research in the optoelectronics field.

       Around the mid of 1980s, the Telecommunications Systems Research Laboratory (TSRL) was recognized. The Laboratory focuses on applications of the latest information technology, and aims at cooperating closely with the telecommunications industry. In order to conduct research on wider aspects of communication engineering, the Digital Signal Processing Research Laboratory (DSPRL) was established in 1992 to serve the subject of signal processing. The Electromagnetic Waves Research Laboratory (EMRL), on the other hand, was found in 1995 with the aim of conducting research on electromagnetic waves applications in telecommunication.