Keynote Speaker 


Biography – Naoshi Kondo

Prof Naoshi Kondo obtained BE: from the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto Univ. in March, 1982, ME: from the Department of Agricultural Engineering, the Graduate School of Agriculture in Kyoto Univ. in March, 1984, and Ph.D: from Kyoto Univ. in November, 1988 for "Agricultural visual sensor attached to manipulator end"
According to his business experiences, from 1985-1991, he got Assistant Professor in Faculty of Agriculture and The graduate school of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University. While in 1993-1997 he got Associate Prof. in Field Science Center, Faculty of Agriculture and in Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University. In year 2000 he is the manager of department of Technology Development, Ishii Industry Co., Ltd. And to be the director of Ishii Industry Co. Ltd. In 2003. In year 2004, Name of Ishii Industry Co. Ltd. was changed into SI Seiko Co., Ltd. And in the same year he got the Technical Adviser of SI Seiko Co., Ltd. In year 2006, he got the professor in Faculty of Engineering, Ehime University and in 2007 in Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University. To now a day he is a president of Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery and Food Engineers.



Biography – Panmanas Sirisomboon

Prof Panmanas Sirisomboon obtained B.Eng. (Agricultural Engineering) from Kasetsart University, Thailand. (1976-1980), M.Eng. (Agricultural Engineering) from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. (1982-1984) with research title ‘Study of a rigid towed wheel on soft soil’ and completed her Ph.D. (Agricultural Science in Agricultural Engineering) from the United Graduate School of Agriculture, Kagoshima University (Saga University), Japan. (1997-2001) with research title ‘Studies on the relationship between texture and pectin constituents of Japanese pear’. Her current work experiences include Professor at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand, editorial Board Members of Food Research International, editor in Chief of Thai Society of Agricultural Engineering Journal, and director of The NIR Spectroscopy Research Center for Agricultural Product and Food, KMITL. Her current research activities are related to NIR spectroscopy including: Evaluation of commercial quality parameters of concentrated Para rubber latex and product by near infrared spectroscopy. Evaluation of maturity of durian (Durio zibethinus Murray CV. Mon Thong) for export and its eating quality for sale in department store by near infrared spectroscopy technique. Real-time Total Soluble Solids Monitoring in Sugarcane on a Combine Harvester using Near-infrared Spectroscopy. Evaluation of parboiled rice quality using near infrared spectroscopy. Online near infrared sensor for maturity and sweetness measurement of durian pulp. Online near infrared sensor for sweetness and pH measurement of mango cv nam dok mai for processing factory, and Ripening date of mango evaluation using NIR Spectroscopy as well.



Invited Lecturer

 Biography – Hoeil Chung

Hoeil Chung is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry in Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. He obtained his B.S. from Hanyang University in 1989 and Ph.D. from University of Iowa in 1994. Right after earning his Ph.D., he joined SK Energy (formerly Yukong) in Korea as a research scientist and was involved in projects for developing diverse near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopic systems for on-line monitoring of refinery and petrochemical processes; for example, gasoline blending and naphtha reforming. In 2002, he joined Hanyang University and started his academic research in the areas of transmission/wide area coverage Raman spectroscopy and NIR spectroscopy for diverse non-destructive analysis.  Reproducible and reusable SERS schemes to detect disease biomarkers, electrochemical synthesis of metal-alloy nanostructures and development of advanced chemometric algorithms have been performed in his research group so far. He has published nearly 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented them in many international conferences.


Invited Lecturer

Biography – Marena Manley


Prof Marena Manley obtained her BSc in Food Science from Stellenbosch University in 1984 and completed her doctoral studies in near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom in 1995. After 18 months at an NIR spectroscopy instrument manufacturing company in the United Kingdom, she joined Stellenbosch University in 1997. Marena has successfully supervised and co-supervised more than 50 master’s and doctoral students,  has authored and co-authored 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to five book chapters. Her current research interests include non-destructive NIR spectroscopy, NIR hyperspectral and X-ray micro-computed tomography mostly applied to study and characterize cereal grains, but also other food products.



Biography – Roger Meder


Roger Meder has a BSc and MSc in chemistry from the University of Otago in New Zealand with a focus on analytical chemistry. He completed his PhD with Prof. Sir Paul Callaghan at Massey University (New Zealand) in the field of physics, specifically magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, in the study of the wood-water relationship during drying and chemical impregnation.

He spent 16 years at the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (now Scion Research) in Rotorua, where he first started using infrared, near infrared (NIR) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to predict wood quality in order to provide rapid non-destructive measurement of end-use performance. Upon moving to Australia in 2001, he spent a brief period at the Queensland University of Technology and then joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) where he was the Group Leader of the Forest Genetics, Genomics and Phenomics group and was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Forest Research Institute at the University of the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia with a focus on down-stream processing. Due to CSIRO restructuring in 2014, all forestry-related research was halted, and Roger established a private consultancy, Meder Consulting, in the broader forestry and agricultural sector.

Prof. Meder’s specific area of expertise is in the development and application of non-destructive testing techniques (particularly NIR and acoustic velocity) to measure the physico-chemical properties of biomaterials for characterisation and quality control. His current interest is the application of NIR spectroscopy to allow non-destructive, in-forest, rapid phenotyping of thousands of individuals within tree breeding trials, to provide tree breeders with additional measures of wood quality (other than growth and density) to improve breeding selection. He is also researching the application of spectroscopic methods to rapidly quantify preservatives in treated timber.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Chairman of the Australian Near Infrared Spectroscopy Group (ANISG), and an officeholder in the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) as deputy-convener of Division 5 (Wood Products).