Tom Fearn is a Professor of Applied Statistics at University College London (UCL), UK, where he is currently a Head of the Department of Statistical Science. Before joining UCL in 1989 he worked for the Flour Milling and Baking Research Association (FMBRA) at Chorleywood, where he first began to calibrate NIR instruments (a 6-filter InfraAlyser 2.5) in 1978. His interest in NIR and in chemometrics more generally has continued to the present. As well as 140 or so papers his publications include joint authorship of the books "Practical NIR Spectroscopy" with Osborne and Hindle, and "A User Friendly Guide to Multivariate Calibration and Classification" with Næs, Isaksson and Davies. He is a Chemometrics editor of the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy and writes the Chemometric Space column in NIR News. He received the Tomas Hirschfeld award for contributions to near infrared spectroscopy in 2001 and has been elected by the member of the International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy (ICNIRS) as Chair-Elected since October 2016.
Suming Chen is a Professor of Dept. of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering at National Taiwan University, where he is currently an Associate Dean of College of Bioresources and Agriculture and a Director of Taiwan Agricultural Mechanization Research and Development Center. After his graduation from National Taiwan University, he went to the US universities and took an MSc in Bio. and Agricultural Engineering from Rutgers University, and an MSc in Chemical Engineering and PhD in Bio. and Agricultural Engineering from University of California, Davis. He is promoting a wide range of research; Automation in Agriculture, Remote Sensing and Spectra Analysis, Physical Properties of Biomaterials, Computer Simulation and Control, Renewable Energy, and so on. In the 18th World Congress of CIGR which was held 2014 in Beijing, China, he was one of keynote speakers. He is one of worldwide famous researchers in Agricultural Engineering.
Ying ZHU is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Mathematics Education of National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She took a BSc in Statistics and Probability from Fudan University, an MSc in Applied statistics from University of Oxford and a PhD in statistics from University College London (UCL). She has also got industry experience at ACNielsen and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as statistician and senior analyst. Her research interests include multivariate classification of high-dimensional spectroscopic data and image processing. She has been working on developing these statistics methodologies with applications to biomedical areas, such as herbal medicine discrimination and early cancer diagnosis.