Welcome to The 20th International Conference on NIR






















Prof. Yukihiro Ozaki obtained his Ph.D. (1978) from Osaka university. Since 1993, he was a professor in School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University. He was a Vice Rector of Kwansei Gakuin University from 2013 to 2018. Currently, Ozaki is a professor emeritus and a university fellow, Kwansei Gakuin University, a guest fellow of TOYOTA Physical and Chemical Research Institute, a guest professor of Peking University, Kobe University, and Fukui University and a guest principal researcher of RIKEN.


Ozaki has been internationally very active in research and education of spectroscopy, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry for the last four decades. He is a fellow of Society for Applied Spectroscopy (since 2010), Royal Society of Chemistry (since 2015), The Chemical Society of Japan (since 2016), and International Council of Near-infrared Spectroscopy(since 2017).


Ozaki's research program has been concerned with basic studies and applications of various spectroscopy, particularly NIR spectroscopy. His NIR spectroscopy studies involve almost its whole range; (1) developments of NIR spectrometers (e.g., a portable NIR imaging system), (2) proposal of novel spectral analysis methods such as chemometrics (e.g. moving-window PLS), two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy, and anharmonic quantum chemical calculations, and (3) a variety of applications from basic molecular science (e.g. hydrogen bonding studies) to practical applications such asbiomedical applications, PAT, applications to pharmaceutical engineering, food science and technology, polymers, and bioimaging.


Ozaki received many awards including the 1998 Tomas Hirschfeld Award, the 2001 EAS Award for Achievements in Near Infrared Spectroscopy, the Spectroscopical Society of Japan Award (2002), Science and Technology Award of Japanese Government, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2005), Gerald Birth Award of International Conference Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy, the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry (JSAC) Award (2008), Bomem-Michelson Award (2014). The Chemical Society of Japan Award (2017). The Medal with Purple Ribbon from Japanese Emperor (2018). Pittsburg Spectroscopy Award (2019).








































Prof. Roumiana Tsenkova received her master degree and Dr. Eng. (1988) in Automation from Technical University (TU) Rousse, Bulgaria and Dr. Agr. (2004) from Hokkaido University, Japan. She joined the Automation Department of TU Rousse in 1978 as Assistant Professor. In 1990, she became Associate Professor at the same Department. She began her career in Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) developing a sensor for disease diagnostics (mammary gland inflammation) under the supervision of Prof. N. I. Kirilin from Moscow Agricultural Academy of Science in Russia. In 1990, after becoming associate professor at the Faculty of Electronics, TU Rousse in Bulgaria, she was awarded the Japanese Monbusho Scholarship for post doctoral studies of sensors for robotic milking at Obihiro University, Japan. Later in 1992, she moved to Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, as researcher to develop non-invasive NIR technology for bio-monitoring. After completing her work at Hokkaido University, in 1996 she won a Faculty member position as associate professor of Kobe University where she advanced to tenured professor in 2006 when she established the first Bio measurement Technology Laboratory in Japan.


Since moving to Kobe University, Professor Tsenkova and her team have had numerous interdisciplinary projects financed by the Japanese Government. Her primary area of interest is the use of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and multivariate analyses for bio-diagnostics and bio-monitoring related to functional studies in life science, bio technology and agriculture. Professor Tsenkova was the first ever to apply NIRS for non-invasive disease diagnostics. Recently, she demonstrated, through perturbation NIR spectroscopy of water and bio fluids, a clearer understanding of the relationship between the spectral characteristics of water molecular system and its biological functions. In 2005, at the International Conference of NIRS, she named and proposed Aquaphotomics as a new scientific filed to study the collective characterization and quantification of water molecular system that mirrors the rest of the molecular vibrations in the system and translate it into structure, function, and dynamics of organisms or aqueous systems.


Roumiana Tsenkova and her work are recognized throughout the world by numerous papers, invited talks, collaborative studies and patents. She has written more than 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. In addition to guiding her undergraduate and graduate research team at Kobe University, Professor Tsenkova teaches Fluid Mechanics (in English and Japanese) and Bio measurement Technology (in Japanese). Since 2015 she is affiliated professor at the Medical School of Keio University in Tokyo. In 2018 Prof. Tsenkova established the Aquaphotomics International Society and became the first Chairman of the International Aquaphotomics Society.


Since 2009 Prof. Tsenkova has been appointed as Deputy Director of the Kobe University International Office and since 2010 to 2013, as Director of the Gender Equality Office at Kobe University in Japan.


Professor Tsenkova has received Young Inventors’ World Exhibition Award in Moscow, in 1985, and Inventor’s International Exhibition Award in 1987. She was awarded 13 Japanese and International patents. In 1998, she received the Japanese NIRS Advanced Award. For her work on using wavelet spectral transformation for disease diagnosis, in 1998 she received the International Council of NIRS Award for poster presentation. In 2002, she received the NIRS Buchi Award and, in 2006, the highest award in NIRS, the Tomas Hirschfeld Award for her work on NIRS for Disease Diagnostics and Pathogen Identification and for establishing the new scientific discipline Aquaphotomics. In 2016 she was awarded with “Honorary Citizen of Ruse City” by the Mayor of the City of Ruse, her home town in Bulgaria. In 2019 she was awarded by Kobe University for the establishment of UNESCO Chair.











Prof. Heinz Siesler is an Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, with expertise in vibrational spectroscopy for chemical research, analysis and process control.


Since 2012 he is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and he received several NIR spectroscopy awards (1994 EAS, 2000 Thomas Hirschfeld/PITTCON, 2003 Buechi). He also worked as guest professor at the Ecole Superieure (Paris, France), Kwansei Gakuin University (Sanda, Japan), Nagoya University (Nagoya, Japan) and the University of Innsbruck (Innsbruck, Austria).


Prior to his academic position he gained industrial experience as section head in molecular spectroscopy and thermal analysis in the R&D Department of Bayer AG Dormagen, Germany.


He also worked as lecturer (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa) and Post-Doctoral Fellow (University of Cologne, Germany), after receiving his PhD in Chemistry (University of Vienna, Austria).


The test and application of miniaturized handheld vibrational spectrometers is a special research focus over the last ten years.













Dr. Richard Crocombe graduated from Oxford University (BA, MA, chemistry) and the University of Southampton (PhD, chemistry & spectroscopy) in the UK. He moved to the US, initially for a postdoctoral fellowship, and then joined Digilab (Bio-Rad) working on laboratory FT-IR instrumentation.  He held numerous positions at Digilab over the years, but concentrated on product and applications development, including step-scan FT-IR applications, and spectroscopic imaging using two-dimensional focalplane array detectors.  Following that, he had positions at Axsun Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and finally PerkinElmer, concentrating on miniature, portable and handheld spectroscopic instruments.  In 2017 he left the corporate world to set up his own consulting company, helping to commercialize new miniature spectroscopic technologies. 


He has been a co-chair of SPIE's 'Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies' conference for over ten years.  He was selected for the Williams-Wright Award for Industrial Spectroscopy in 2012, is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and was President of the Society in 2020.


He has published extensively on the technologies and applications for miniature and portable spectrometers, including a comprehensive review article in Applied Spectroscopyin 2018.  Richard Crocombe, Pauline Leary and Brooke Kammrath are the joint editors of the two-volume book, ‘Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry’, published by John Wiley in April 2021.





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