Wouter Saeys obtained his Master’s degree in Bioscience Engineering: option Agricultural Engineering from KU Leuven, in 2002. On the basis of his Master’s thesis on plant distance control for precision agriculture applications, he was awarded the engineering prize by the Royal Flemish Society of Engineers (KVIV). In 2006, he obtained a PhD in Bioscience Engineering from KU Leuven under the supervision of Professors Herman Ramon and Josse De Baerdemaeker for his research on precision fertilization with animal manure. As a postdoctoral fellow of the Flemisch Research Foundation (FWO-Vlaanderen), he specialized in light transport modelling during a six month stay at the School for Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, under the supervision of Dr. Suresh Thennadil and in Chemometrics during a six month stay at the Norwegian Food Research Institute – Matforsk, Norway, under the supervision of Dr. Tormod Naes. Since 2010, he is assistant professor at the Biosystems Department of KU Leuven, where he leads the Biophotonics group with a focus on applications in the AgroFood chain. His main research interests include light transport modelling and optical characterization of biological materials, chemometrics, agricultural automation and robotics. In 2013, he was awarded by the European Network of Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS) with the ‘Young Statistician Award’. He has supervised 15 PhDs, is (co-)author of 130+ peer reviewed journal articles (ISI), and has an H-index of 23. He is also member of the editorial boards of Biosystems Engineering and the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy.
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