The conference kicked off with a keynote speech by Dr. Hj. Kamaruzaman Jusoff, a distinguished professor from the Yale University, USA. He talked about the current research advancements that has been achieved so far in 'machine vision system'. The most interesting point that I found was the ability of such a system, installed in an aircraft, to precisely determine the volume of different types of tropical trees from ultra-high altitudes. The prof. claimed that 80% of success has already been achieved and that after complete success of the system, it would be easy to determine the density of a forest which, in turn, will be helpful in combating the global warming problem! An another interesting keynote speech was from Dr. B. K. Mohanty, a professor from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. He talked about how to incorporate buyers 'anxiety and tranquility' stuffs in an 'online marketing system' (e-business). He emphasized that customers’ product preferences which are based on its attributes are normally expressed in linguistic or fuzzy terms. To make the customers’ preferences more realistic, in an e-business environment, their tendencies or inclination inherent in their preferences are articulated. These derived inclinations are further incorporated in the customers’ attribute preferences to discover the actual product preferences. The concept of tranquility and anxiety is introduced in order to identify the actual attribute wise preferences while selecting a product. He illustrated his idea by giving a numerical example related to purchase of a car. It was indeed a well delivered presentation that made the audience spellbound. Later, I joined the group of many enthusiastic audience in congratulating Prof. Mohanty for his remarkable keynote speech.
The afternoon session started with my presentation which, I believe, went okay. After attending few other interesting presentations, I decided to leave the conference hall.
Phuket carnival is organized to celebrate the start of Phuket's busiest tourist season at the island's most voguish beachfront area of Patong. For six on-going days of this fun and vibrant festival, the Phuket Carnival was being celebrated around Patong Beach from 15-20 December 2008. Visitors were entertained by fancy parades, firework displays and street performances. One could also participate in the beach volleyball or football games or various water sport competitions as well as in a mini-marathon.