Professor Kim Esbensen

Professor Kim Esbensen has more than 35 years of experience in multivariate data analysis and applied chemometrics. He was professor in chemometrics at the Norwegian Telemark Institute of Technology, where he was also head of the Chemometrics Department Tel-Tek, Telemark Industrial R&D Center, Porsgrunn. Between these institutions he founded ACRG: the Applied Chemometrics Research Group, which hosted SSC6, the 6th  Scandinavian Symposium on Chemometrics, as well as numerous other international courses, workshops and meetings. In 2001 he moved to a position as research professor in Applied Chemometrics at Ålborg University, Esbjerg, Denmark (where he led ACACSRG: the Applied Chemometrics, Analytical Chemistry and Sampling Research Group. It was there that he added the discipline of sampling (proper sampling), in recognition   of   the   immense   importance   of   sampling   in   any   data analytical discipline, including chemometrics.

He has an MSc from the University of Aarhus, Denmark while his PhD was conferred him by the Technical University of Denmark (DTH) in the areas of metallurgy, meteoritics and multivariate data analysis. He now runs a consultancy, KHE Consulting, specialising in sampling and PAT.

Mario Fajardo

Mario Fajardo is a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the Precision Agriculture Laboratory of the University of Sydney. He is interested in trying to explain quantitatively how soil behaves in space and time. His work involves various multivariate approaches for describing soil and crop variation, including the use of spectrometry, clustering, modelling, image recognition and software development among others.

Edward Jones

Edward Jones is a research fellow in the Sydney Institute of Agriculture with a specialisation in soil spectroscopy. Edward works tirelessly to make the provision of soil information rapid, inexpensive and accessible to all. His current research focusses on real-time, adaptive mapping of soil properties using proximal sensors - visible near-infrared (VisNIR) and portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy. This high-resolution soil information will provide insight into production capacity for precision agriculture purposes, as well as the identification and remediation of soil constraints

Associate Professor José Manuel Amigo

José Manuel Amigo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Food Science of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and is also a Guest Professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. Current research interests include hyperspectral and digital image analysis. He obtained his PhD (Cum Laude) in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. He has authored more than 160 publications (110+ peer-reviewed papers, books, book chapters, proceedings, etc.) and given more than 60 conferences and courses at international meetings. He received the “2014 Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems Award” for his achievements in the field of Chemometrics.

Professor Budiman Minasny

Budiman Minasny is a Professor of Soil-Landscape Modelling at the University of Sydney.  He is passionate about the role of soil in managing climate change, food, water, energy security and maintaining biodiversity. He is known for his work in digital soil mapping and modelling.  He has developed various tools that allow the use of near infrared spectroscopy to be used in the field for rapid characterisation of soil properties.

Brad Swarbrick

Brad Swarbrick is a consultant and trainer in the application of Quality by Design and PAT with specific interest in the pharmaceutical sector. He was previously the VP Business Development and COO responsible for the release of The Unscrambler X at Camo Software.

Professor Federico Marini

Dr. Marini received his MSc from Sapienza University of Rome in 2000 where he also completed his PhD in 2004. He is currently associate professor of Chemometrics at Sapienza University of Rome. In 2006, he was awarded the Young Researcher Prize from Italian Chemical Society and in 2012 he won the Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems Award “for his achievements in chemometrics”. He has been visiting researcher/professor in various Universities and research centers (Universities of Copenhagen, Stellenbosch, Silesia, Lille and Hanoi, and Nofima in Ås and Irstea in Montpellier). His research activity is focused on all aspects of chemometrics, ranging from the application of existing methods to real world problems in different fields to the design and development of novel algorithms. He is author of more than 150 publications between papers in international journals and book chapters, and in 2013 he edited and coauthored the book Chemometrics in food chemistry (Elsevier). He is member of the Editorial boards of Chemolab, Analytica Chimica Acta, J. of Chemometrics, J. of NIR Spectroscopy, J. of Spectral Imaging and he serves as Associate Editor for Chemometrics in Wiley’s Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. He served as chairman of the Chemometric group of the Italian Chemical Society until february 2019 and is a member of the Chemometric study group of EUCheMS.