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    CIGR Section VI deals with the engineering and principles and technologies in postharvest and processing of food products. It is devoted to follow the trends, promote the advancement and enhance transfer of technology in food science and engineering at a global scale. To better fulfill its missions, CIGR Section VI is organizing the 8th CIGR International Technical Symposium on "Advanced Food Processing and Quality Management". The Conference will highlight recent scientific advances in food processing and technological tools to handle, preserve, process, maintain and control quality in fresh and processed foods. We are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to the next event to be held in the beautiful and historical city of Guangzhou, China on November 3-7, 2013.

    Following the success and scientific reputation of previous CIGR symposiums held in Beijing, China (2004); Warsaw, Poland (2006); Naples, Italy (2007); Iguassu Falls City, Brazil (2008); Potsdam, Germany (2009); Nantes, France (2011) and Stellenbosch, South Africa (2012).
    As previous Symposiums, selected papers presented at this Symposium will be published in a special issue of Food and Bioprocess Technology - An International Journal published by Springer.
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Keynote speakers

Jose M. Aguilera

Jose M. Aguilera is currently Professor of Chemical and Food Engineering at the P. Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) in Santiago and President of the National Commission of Science and Technology of Chile (CONICYT). A chemical engineer, he holds a MSc. degree in food technology from MIT, a MBA from Texas A&M University and a PhD in food science from Cornell University (minor ChemE). His internationally renowned research program is focused on the role that food microstructure has in processing, health, nutrition and wellbeing, and includes areas such as structure-property relationships, modeling microstructural changes in foods and food structuring operations.

At the College of Engineering (PUC) he was Associate Dean for 7 years and Head of the Chemical Engineering Department for several periods, being instrumental in its transformation to a world-class educational program (as recognized by the U.S. accreditation board ABET). He has published more than 170 articles in international journals, several book chapters and is the author or co-author of 13 books, including Microstructural Principles of Food Processing and Engineering (D.W. Stanley, co-author, 1999) and Food Materials Science (P. Lillford, co-editor, 2008), which are used worldwide as principal textbooks in the subject areas (the first book has over 200 citations in the ISI database). Recently he has also published the text Edible Structures: the basic science of what we eat (2012). He has advised over 100 undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research students including 16 PhDs. Aguilera has been visiting professor at Cornell, UC-Davis and Rutgers, the Technical University Munich and the Nestle Research Centre in Lausanne. He is associate editor of J. Food Science (Food Engineering section) and member of the editorial board of Journal of Food Engineering, Food Biophysics and Trends in Food Science & Technology, among other journals, a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and of the International Association of Food Science and Technology (IAFOST). He has participated as a keynote speaker at several international meetings and was the president of the 10th International Congress of Engineering and Foods held in Chile in 2008. For the last 12 years he has been a consultant to the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne, and also advisor to Unilever, Kellogg’s, Frito-Lay, Pepsico and the FAO of United Nations. Among many distinctions he was recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship (1991), the A. von Humboldt Foundation Research Prize (2001), the Seligman Lecture of the Society of Chemical Industry (UK) and three of the most prestigious awards of the Institute of Food Technologists: International Award (1993), Research and Development Award (2005) and the Marcel Loncin Research Prize (2006). In 2008 he was awarded the highest scientific honor bestowed by Chile, the National Prize in Applied Sciences and Technology, for contributions to the knowledge in food engineering and the establishment a national and Latin American community in the subject, having lectured and given presentations in 11 countries of that region. He was also awarded the Order of Orange-Nassau in the grade of Commander by the government of The Netherlands. In 2010 he was elected a foreign associate member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States. Since June 2010, Prof. Aguilera is President of the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research –CONICYT – Chile’s funding source for approximately 90% of research conducted at universities and having an annual budget of US$520 million (

R. Paul Singh

Dr. R. Paul Singh is a Distinguished Professor of Food Engineering, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California at Davis. He received his degrees in the area of agricultural engineering from Punjab Agricultural University (B.S. 1970), University of Wisconsin (M.S. 1972), and Michigan State University (Ph.D. 1974). His research involves transport phenomena in food processing and mathematical modeling to seek improvements in process efficiency. Dr. Singh is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and the International Academy of Food Science and Technology. He is an author or co-author of 3 U.S. patents, 15 books, and over 260 refereed papers. Dr. Singh received the Samuel Cate Award for Research in 1982 and International award in 1988 from the Institute of Food Technologists, and Distinguished Food Engineer Award in 1997 from the Dairy and Food Industry Suppliers Association. He received the Kishida International award in 2007 and A.W. Farrall Young Educator Award in 1986 from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He served as co-Editor of the Journal of Food Process Engineering from 1983 to 2005, and he is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Food Engineering. In 2008, Dr. Singh was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. In 2010, the Institute of Food Technologists awarded him the Nicolas Appert Award– the highest award given in the field of food science in the United States. The International Association of Engineering and Food gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the development of food engineering profession in 2011. In 2013, he received the Massey Ferguson Gold Medal for education from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Digvir S. Jayas
Vice-President (Research and International)

Distinguished Professor Dr. Digvir Jayas was educated at the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, India; the University of Manitoba, and the University of Saskatchewan. Before assuming the position of Vice-President (Research and International), he held the position of Vice-President (Research) for two years and Associate Vice-President (Research) for eight years. Prior to his appointment as Associate Vice-President (Research), he was Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Department Head of Biosystems Engineering, and Interim Director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Registered Professional Agrologist.

Dr. Jayas held a Canada Research Chair in Stored-Grain Ecosystems, and he conducts research related to drying, handling and storing grains and oilseeds and digital image processing for grading and processing operations in the Agri-Food industry. He has authored or co-authored over 800 technical articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings and books dealing with issues of storing, drying, handling and quality monitoring of grains. He has collaborated with researchers in several countries but has had significant impact on development of efficient grain storage, handling and drying systems in Canada, China, India, Ukraine and USA.
Dr. Jayas has received awards from several organizations in recognition of his research and professional contributions. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to for his significant contributions to grain storage research; 2008 Dr. John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Award, as well as the 2008 NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize. In 2009, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received professional awards from Agriculture Institute of Canada, Applied Zoologists Research Association (India), American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Canadian Society for Bioengineering, Engineers Canada, Engineering Institute of Canada, Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, Manitoba Institute of Agrologists, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (India) and Sigma Xi.

Dr. Jayas serves on the boards of many organizations including: ArcticNet, Composite Innovation Centre, Engineers Canada, ISIS Resource Centre, Genome Prairie, International Centre for Infectious Diseases (ICID), MabNet, Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, Manitoba Institute of Agrologists (MIA), Manitoba Health Research Council, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Enterprise Committee, TRIUMF, and TRLabs. He is also chair of the board of directors of RESOLVE, a prairie research network on family violence, and of the advisory board of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, a research centre dedicated to the discussion, discovery, and development of functional foods. He has served as President of Agriculture Institute of Canada, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Canadian Society for Bioengineering, and Manitoba Institute of Agrologists.


Raghavan, Vijaya
Address: McGill University, Department of Bioresource Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Macdonald Stewart Building, Room MS1-027, 21111 Lakeshore Road, Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada, H9X 3V9 [Tel.: Off. (514) 398-8731; Fax: (514) 398-8387; E-mail:].

Bangalore University, India B.Eng. (Mech.) 1967; University of Guelph, Canada 1969-1970, M.Sc. (Agr. Eng.) 1970; Colorado State University, U.S.A. 1970-73, Ph.D. (Agr. Eng.) 1973

Professor, Department of Bioresource Engineering, McGill University, Quebec, Canada, 1987 to present date. Lecturer, Bangalore University, Bangalore, India, 1967-1968; Chief Engineer, Mantronics Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, 1973-1974; Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Engineering, McGill University, Quebec, Canada, 1974-1977; Sessional Lecturer, Dept. of Agr. Eng., McGill University, 1975-1977; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agr. Eng., McGill University, 1977-1983; Associate Professor, Dept. of Agr. Eng., McGill University, 1983-1987; Hon. Post Graduate Professor, Division of Agricultural Engineering, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, 1990-1996; Hon. Professor, Institute of Elemento Organic Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, 1993-2003; Chair, Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, McGill University, Quebec, Canada, 1993-2003.

Awards/Honours: The John Clark Award of the Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineering (CSAE), 1990; Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence, 1992,1996; Maple Leaf Award of the CSAE, 1997; 2000; Certificate of Merit Awarded by Drying Technology - An International Journal, 2000, 2011; ASAE Certificate, 2000; Outstanding Indo-Canadian Award from the National Indo-Canadian Council, 2002; Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Certificate of Achievements, 2004; CSAE Certificate of Commendation, 2004; James McGill Professor Award, 2002-2009, 2009-2016; Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference (NABEC) Distinguished Service Award, 2006; Proctor and Gamble Company Award for Excellence in Drying Research, 2006; Certificate of Appreciation presented by Drying Technology Journal, 2007; Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), 2007; David Thomson Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision & Teaching, 2007; Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Drying Technology Journal, Arun S. Mujumdar Medal, International Drying Symposium (IDS), 2010; Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa), UAS-Dharwad,2010. Fellow: Indian Institution of Engineers (IIE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE, presently ASABE, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers), Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineers (CSAE, presently CSBE, the Canadian Society of Bioengineering).

Fellow of Royal Society of Canada (RSC).
Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India (Foreign Fellow of NAAS).

Research Areas: Post-harvest technologies, storage, drying, food processing, electro-technologies, microwave-assisted extraction, bio-energy, biochar, microbial fuel cells

Total graduate students, 120 (105 completed)- MSc- 72 (66 completed), PhD - 48 (39 completed) PDFs, Visiting Scientists, Research Associates – 114, Publication in Refereed Journals & Proceedings – 450, Books (Peer Reviewed) - 40, Patents – 4, Reports of Invention -10, Papers presented at professional society meetings, scientific conferences and research institutions-708, Keynote or invited presentations – 92.

Mogessie Ashenafi

Professor Mogessie Ashenafi is a Professor Emeritus of Food Microbiology at Addis Ababa University. He obtained his B.Sc and MSc. in Biology Addis Ababa University and PhD from Bacteriological Institute of the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 1990. He taught Food Microbiology course to graduate students and supervised the graduate research of many M.Sc and Ph.D. students. He has extensive experience in research in Food Microbiology and has published over 90 articles in national, regional and international peer reviewed scientific journals and several chapters in internationally acclaimed books. Professor Mogessie Ashenafi is a member of CIGR and an elected fellow of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) - for the advancement of science in developing countries.

Professor Xiao Dong Chen
University Distinguished Professor, Soochow University (China)
Head of School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
1000-Talent Professor of Chemical Engineering (China)
Adjunct Professors, Xiamen University (China) and Monash University (Australia)

Born in Beijing in 1965. BE in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University (1987). PhD in Chemical and Process Engineering from Canterbury University in New Zealand (1991). After working for Fonterra New Zealand for 2.5 years working on food technology, he took up a lectureship at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He was made a Personal Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering in 2001 at The University of Auckland (age 36). In 2006, he was appointed to the Chair Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He has worked extensively with industries in New Zealand and in Australia, and has now also initiated projects working with several large companies in China. He has published over 400 refereed journal articles and 210 conference papers, 3 books, 20 book chapters, and over 50 reports on industrial consulting projects. He has received many awards of distinction including Shedden Uhde Medal (1999), E R Cooper Medal (2002), John Hood Fellowship (2005), Nanqiang Scholar (2004), Inaugural Fonterra Award (2006), ADC Award of Excellence in Drying Research (2007), AFISA Award for Excellence in Drying R & D (2008), Monash Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (2009), Monash Vice Chancellor Special Commendation of Best PhD Supervisor (2010), and Thousand Talents Award (China Government 2010), and two Highest Level Talent Program recipients (Fujian, Jiangsu, China). He was the Deputy Head of Chemical Engineering and was the Associate Dean International for the Faculty of Engineering at Monash (2007-2009). From early 2010 to the end of 2012, he held a 1000-Talent National Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Executive Headship of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Xiamen University. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of NZ (新西兰皇家科学院院士) since 2001 and a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (澳大利亚工程院院士), and is a Fellow of IChemE (UK). His main areas of research are in bio-inspired (bio-mimic) chemical engineering, food engineering and biotechnology, separation processes including drying and membrane processing, heat transfer and mass transfer including fouling, cleaning and drying, safety processes including spontaneous heating and combustion of solid materials, powder technology and powder functionality. In January 2013, he has begun to serve as the University Distinguished Professor at Soochow University (Suzhou, PR China), establishing an innovative program in chemical engineering education and research.


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