ABOUT  Prof. Byoung-Kwan Cho

Dr. Byoung-Kwan Cho is a professor of Department of Biosystems Machinery Engineering & Department of Smart Agricultural Systems in Chungnam National University (CNU), South Korea. He is leading a Nondestructive Biosensing Group at CNU working in the area of non-destructive measurement for quality and safety of food and agricultural materials. Prof. Cho received his B.S., and M.S. degrees in Department of Agricultural Engineering at Seoul National University, South Korea, in 1993 and 1998, respectively, and received Ph.D. in Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA in 2003. He joined Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA in 2003 and, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, USA in 2005 as a post-doctoral researcher. Since 2006, he has been a professor in the Department of Biosystems Machinery Engineering at CNU. His current research focuses on the application of spectroscopic and hyperspectral imaging techniques for the system development of real-time quality and safety inspection for food and agricultural materials. He served as a Vice Dean of College and Headquarter of CNU from March 2012 to February 2016. Now he is serving as an Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Biosystems Engineering, and is (co-)author of 150+ peer reviewed journal articles and 5 book chapters. His research efforts in the fields of spectroscopic analysis, hyperspectral imaging and agricultural sorting system have resulted in 10+ patent registration so far.

RESEARCH AREA

  • Machine Vision and Hyperspectral Imaging for Foods and Agricultural Materials

  • Spectral Analysis and Chemometrics for Quality and Safety Measurement of Biochemical Materials

  • Phenomics (Abiotic/Biotic Stress Monitoring Technology for Plants & Animals)

  • Smart Farm Sensing Technology (UAV sensing, Intelligent Livestock Monitoring, etc)

  • Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning, Deep Learning) for Image Analysis

  • Biosensors for Food Safety

  • Postharvest Technology (Storage, Packaging and Logistics)

 
EDUCATION 

  • Ph.D. Agricultural & Biological Engineering (May 2003),  The Pennsylvania State University, UP, USA

  • M.S. Agricultural Machinery Engineering (February 1998),  Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

  • B.S. Agricultural Machinery Engineering (February 1993),  Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea 


EMPLOYMENT 

  • [04/2016 - Present]  Professor, Department of Biosystems Machinery Engineering, CNU, Daejeon, Korea

  • [04/2012 - 03/2016]  Associate Professor, Department of Biosystems Machinery Engineering, CNU

  • [04/2006 - 03/2012]  Assistant Professor, Department of Biosystems Machinery Engineering, CNU

  • [03/2005 - 03/2006]  Post Doctoral Researcher, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD, USA 

  • [06/2003 - 02/2005]  Post Doctoral Researcher, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

  • [08/1998 - 05/2003]  Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering,

                                        The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA 

  • [03/1998 - 07/1998]  Research Assistant, Korean Food Research Institute, Songnam, Korea 

  • [07/1995 - 02/1998]  Research Assistant, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

  • [03/1993 - 06/1995]  First Lieutenant (ROTC), Republic of Korea Army

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Excellence Research Award, Chungnam National University, 2020

  • Excellence Research Award, Chungnam National University, 2019

  • Academic Excellence Award, Korean Society for Agricultural Machinery, 2018

  • Internationalization Service Award, Korean Society for Agricultural Machinery, 2018

  • Best Paper Award, International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Defense+Commercial Sensing, 2016

  • Internationalization Service Award, Korean Society for Agricultural Machinery, 2016

  • Ten Years of Continuous Service Citation, Chungnam National University, 2016

  • Superior Paper Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), 2015

  • President Achievement Award, Chungnam National University, 2015

  • Internationalization Service Award, Korean Society for Agricultural Machinery, 2015

  • Excellence Research Award, Chungnam National University, 2014

  • Best Teacher Award, Chungnam National University, 2013

  • Superior Paper Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), 2012

  • Superior Paper Award, The Korean Federation of Science & Technology Societies, 2012

PATENTS

  • Method for selecting cypress tree superior seed using hyperspectral image technology

  • System and method for sorting of internal whitening symptom in Korean ginseng using near-infrared hyperspectral imaging

  • Hyperspectral imaging analysis for viability evaluation of ​fertilized-egg embryos

  • GMO corn seed germination inhibiting treatment and non-destructive selection method

  • GMO corn seed germination inhibiting treatment and non-destructive selection system

  • Development of detection method for virus-infected watermelon seed using near-infrared reflectance spectrum and detection apparatus

  • The short wave infrared reflectance system for detection bacterium infected watermelon seed

  • Makgeoli quality prediction online system

  • Makgeoli quality prediction spectroscopic analysis method

  • Infected seed potatoes sorting apparatus using the transmission spectrum

  • Method for sorting disease-infected seed potato

  • Detection system for various size of blooded egg

  • Blooded egg detection method using VIS/NIR transmitted light

  • Method for discriminating disease-infected seed potato using light reflectance technique

  • A compact quality sorting method and apparatus for cherry tomatoes based on real-time color image processing

  • Single-camera multi-mirror imaging method and application for whole-surface inspection of rotating objects

  • Method for detecting cracking of fruit of cherry tomato using fluorescence imaging

  • Device for analyzing the freshness of packaged meat and method using the same

SERVICES

LECTURES

Undergraduate Courses

  • Biosystems Computer Programming

  • Microprocessor Application

  • Biosystems Automatic Control

  • Measurement Engineering

  • Biosystems Process Engineering

Graduate Courses

  • Image Processing

  • Pattern Recognition

  • Chemometrics

  • Sensor and Instrumentation

  • Editor-in-Chief

       Journal of Biosystems Engineering

  • Editorial Board 

       Applied Science

  • Advisory Committee

       The international Council for Near Infrared Spectrosocpy 

  • Fellow 

       Korean Society for Agricultural Machinery (KSAM)

  • Conference Chair 

       SPIE - Sensing for Agricultural & Food Quality and Safety 

NBSL

Chungnam National University

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