NEWS & EVENTS
On 20 October 2012, a large delegation from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Ireland, led by Ambassador His Excellency Mr. LUO Linquan and his wife Mrs. Qiao Li, Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission Mr. WU Lijun and his wife, First Secretary (Consular and Administration) Mr. LI Chengyuan, First Secretary (Science and Technology) Mr. YANG Zhijun and First Secretary (Culture) Ms. HUANG Fei, visited the UCD Food Refrigeration and Computerised Food Technology Centre (FRCFT). The event consisted of a research seminar followed by experimental demonstrations of some leading food processing technologies developed by UCD FRCFT.
Dr Di Wu from UCD School of Biosystems Engineering received the prestigious CIGR Armand BLANC Prize for his paper entitled “Non-destructive Texture Analysis of Farmed Salmon Using Hyperspectral Imaging Technique” at the 3rd CIGR International Conference of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR-AgEng2012), held on 8-12 July 2012 in Valencia, Spain.
Dr Da-Wen Sun, Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering from UCD School of Biosystems Engineering was recently elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science & Technology (IAFoST).
The Smart Systems Unit (SSU) is based within the UCD School of Biosystems Engineering, and specialises in the use of sensors, data management and communication systems to optimise the performance of agri-food and biomass-to-energy systems. Its portfolio of research projects is broad, including, inter alia, animal biometrics (face and other feature recognition) for animal identification, RFID and data analyses/communication for product chain traceability, hyperspectral imaging for biological material characterisation, GIS and satellite-based tracking technologies, and smart phone apps for delivery of real-time information to end-users.
A new research on prediction of eating qualities of salmon fillet from colour, marbling and surface texture features using hyperspectral imaging technique is to be explored in the newly established UCD School of Biosystems Engineering. Ranked as No. 1 among the 46 applications by IRCSET Assessment Panel in Engineering, this research is funded by IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology) under the EMPOWER Postdoctoral Scheme.