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Abstract Submissions Closed

 

Abstract submissions for NIR2019 conference have now closed.

Call for Extended Abstracts is Now Closed

Extended abstract submission is now closed for NIR2019, which will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on 15th – 20th September 2019. 

Submission Process

The submission process for NIR 2019 will be through an online submission portal. Please click here to go to the online portal.  Submitters are requested to create an account and submit an extended abstract for review according to the guidelines set out in the Submission Outline document.

Important Dates

- Opening date of submission: 12 October 2018
- Closing date for submission: 15 March 2019; 01 April 2019  extended to 2359 30 April 2019 (AEST)
- Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2019 22 May 2019
- Deadline for early registration: 30 May 2019
- Conference dates: 15 – 20 September 2019

Presentation Format

An extended abstract can be submitted for presentation at the conference as one or both of the following:

  • Poster Presentation
  • Oral Presentation

Theme

Extended abstracts must be submitted under one of the conference themes.  The official language of the conference is English and all short papers must be submitted in that language.

Conference Themes:

1. Agriculture/Horticulture
2. Aquaphotomics
3. Chemometrics
4. Dairy/Food Science/Meat Science
5. Education
6. Environmental
7. fNIR
8. Forestry
9. Hyperspectral Imaging
10. Instrumentation
11. Medical Science
12. Museum/Archaeology/Heritage Science
13. PAT/IoT/Cloud
14. Pharmacology/Traditional Chinese Medicine
15. Sampling
16. Soil/Geoexploration/Mineralogy
17. Remote and Proximal Sensing
18. Wildlife/Animal Science

Please note that if your abstract falls under multiple categories please select the main category and then put the other categories in keywords.  

Submission Guidelines and Templates

Please download the below submission guidelines prior to starting your submission.

Submission Outline

For assistance on preparing your abstract please see the tutorial by Phill Williams, Pierre Dardenne and Peter Flinn in JNIRS. It is a free download. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0967033517702395

NIR Hyperspectral Imaging Analysis

Duration: 2-days – Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September

Cost: $250 AUD

Near-infrared hyperspectral imaging (NIR-HSI) has gained tremendous importance in the laboratories of very diverse fields (Forensics, food production, pharmaceutical production, etc.). At the same time, it has generated the need for applying different strategies of analysis and algorithms in order to extract the most relevant information from the hyperspectral images in the different analytical situations. This mini-course will explore basic concepts of hyperspectral analysis, plus it will make emphasis in the different analytical situations that can be found. The mini-course topics will be:

1 - Hyperspectral image acquisition, pre-processing and data selection
2 - Basic Chemometrics. Exploration. Regression. Segmentation
3 – Different types of hyperspectral images require different types of data analysis methods
4 - Integration of NIR-HSI in different analytical frameworks

 

José Manuel Amigo

Associate Professor at the Department of Food Science,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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Using R for NIR Spectroscopy

Duration:  2 Day Workshop - 14-15 September

Cost: $250 AUD

Day-1 on Saturday 14 September: Beginners Guide to Using R for NIR Spectroscopy

This workshop will cover the essentials of processing spectra data using R. It will cover data preparation, spectral preprocessing (smoothing, standardising, de-trending), PCA, and calibration using PLS regression

Day-2 on Sunday 15 September: Advanced Guide to Using R for spectroscopy

This workshop will continue with more advanced topics on processing and making an inference of spectra. It will cover Machine Learning methods, bootstrapping to enhance prediction, transferring calibration models from one instrument to another, and External Parameter Orthogonalisation (EPO) to remove unwanted features from the spectra.

Workshop Speakers

Budiman Minasny

Professor of Soil Landscape Modelling, University of Sydney

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Mario Fajardo

Post-Doctoral research fellow, University of Sydney

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Edward Jones

Research Fellow, Sydney Institute of Agriculture 

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Process Analytical Technologies (PAT)

Duration: 1-day Workshop Saturday 14th September

Cost: $150 AUD

Process analytical technology (PAT) was introduced by the FDA when they published their PAT Guidance in Sep 2004: Guidance for Industry, PAT — A Framework for Innovative Pharmaceutical Development, Manufacturing, and Quality Assurance The PAT Guidance was the first element in a series of initiatives that later were referred to as the QbD framework. This course introduces the PAT Guidance and highlights the importance of process understanding and risk-based approach to product development and manufacture using multivariate methods.

Brad Swarbrick

Consultant/Trainer, Application of Quality by Design and PAT

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Aquaphotomics Workshop

Duration: 1-day Workshop Saturday 14th September

Cost: $150 AUD

Aquaphotomics is a novel scientific discipline based on spectroscopy which has made rapid progress in just 14 years since its establishment in 2005. The principal novelty of this field is placing the focus on water, as a complex molecular matrix and an integral part of any aqueous system, very sensitive to any change the system experiences – external or internal. As such, the molecular structure of water revealed through its interaction with light serves as a source of information about the state of the system.

The advantages of offering non-destructive, fast and comprehensive analysis created lots of opportunities for novel technological advancements and applications of aquaphotomics in fields ranging from agriculture, food and water quality monitoring to complex applications in microbiology, medicine, and related biomedical sciences.

This workshop will present the origin and concept of aquaphotomics, chemometrics tools and methodology of aquaphotomics analysis, and through a series of examples of applications, illustrate many opportunities and directions this new idea opened for novel scientific and technological developments.

The course topics will be presented by four instructors:

1. Roumiana Tsenkova - Introduction to aquaphotomics
2. Jelena Muncan - Essentials of aquaphotomics and its chemometric approaches 
3. Cristina Malegori – Aquaphotomics applications

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Sampling Workshop

Duration: 1 Day.  Sunday 15th September

Cost: $150 AUD 

The Theory of Sampling (TOS) is the guiding framework for all of analysis, including NIR spectroscopy, to eliminate or reduce maximally all such adverse influences. TOS emphasizes the Fundamental Sampling Principle, which states that all potential units from an original lot must have an equal probability of being sampled in practise, and that samples are not altered in any way on their way to analysis. Units can be particles, particle fragments or collections-of-units making up the practical sampling unit, increments. In the realm of NIR analysis, non-compliance with FSP is often a hidden elephant in the room, not properly acknowledged, but here addressed heads on. The Fundamental Sampling Principle is the first of six Governing Principles and four Sampling Unit Operations, which must be honored in order to guarantee sampling and analysis representativity. This course presents all necessary sampling principles and practical operations in a unified, systematic framework.

Kim Esbensen

Retired.  Ex-Professor in Chemometrics,
Norwegian Telemark Institute of Technology, Norway

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Chemometrics Workshop

Duration: 1-day Workshop Sunday 15th September

Cost: $150 AUD

Chemometric tools are fundamental for processing spectroscopic data and extracting as much information as possible from them. In this course, attention will be mostly focused on the chemometric approaches for predictive modeling, i.e., for relating the experimental data to a qualitative (classification) or quantitative (calibration) response. The theoretical aspects of the most commonly used methods, such as PCR and PLS, for calibration, and PLS-DA and SIMCA for classification, will be presented together with pratical guidelines on how to apply them to spectroscopic data. In this context, the fundamental role of validation will be also discussed and some good practices of how to correctly validate chemometric models will be suggested. 

Lastly, a part of the course will be devoted to present the most commonly used approaches for pre-processing spectroscopic signals prior to chemometric model building. 

Prof Federico Marini

Dept. of Chemistry, University of Rome "La Sapienza"

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NIR, CHEMOMETRICS & THE DIGITAL UNIVERSE

Duration: 1 day Workshop Sunday 15th September

Cost: Free to registered delegates

Sponsored by: FOSS

- Looking for a comprehensive and easy to use calibration tool with built-in data management?
- Tired of spending time on numerous calibration validations?
- Want to eliminate unexpected instrument downtime?

Join our guided tour into the FOSS Digital Universe applied to customer sites in the sugar industry.

Morning session
Learn how digital services can help minimise instrument downtime, validate calibrations and manage calibration databases. In this connection we will demonstrate the many features of the recently launched FossCalibratorTM software including ANN calibration development.

Afternoon session
We will take calibration-modelling one-step further in a hands-on workshop introducing the FossCalibratorTM. The following key chemometric methods will be presented: Partial Least Squares, Modified Partial Least Squares, LOCAL and the newly implemented Artificial Neural Network method for non-linear modelling of large databases. The participants will get an introduction to FossCalibratorTM and work hands-on with all the mentioned methods on illustrative data sets.

Join one or both sessions which include lunch, coffee and tea.

Wednesday Tours

Tour 1: Tropical Fruit World & Point Danger

Overview: Enjoy the best that the Tweed Valley has to offer! Located in NSW about 40km south of Broadbeach, the Tweed Shire encompasses agriculture (sugarcane, horticulture, beef, and dairy), national parks, coastline, wetland and forest, and is a significant tourist destination. At Tropical Fruit World we will tour the vast collection of hundreds of species of tropical fruit from all over the world and enjoy a fruit tasting session.  Stretch your legs and look for whales at the magnificent Point Danger lookout and have a cold drink overlooking the magnificent beaches of the Gold Coast.

Cost: $70 AUD

Key Destinations/Stops and information

- 12.45pm: Depart the GCCEC
- Tropical Fruit World
- Greenmount Beach, Point Danger Lookout
- 17.30pm: Arrive back at GCCEC

Tour 2: Whale Watching

Overview: Humpback Whales are the stars of the show although our tours often encounter Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, sharks, turtles, and albatross.

Within 20 minutes of departure from Sea World, you will be assisting our expert crew to find Humpback Whales by scanning the horizon for the famous “blow”. At this point in the tour, there is always great anticipation which quickly turns to excitement when a distant splash or a great exhalation of breath confirms we have found a whale.

Cost: $99 AUD 

Key Destinations/Stops and information

- 1.00pm: Depart the GCCEC
- 17.15pm: Arrive back at GCCEC

Tour 3: Gold Coast Hinterland

Overview:  Travel 50km from Broadbeach to the heritage listed Natural Bridge where you can take a short walk to see the unique flora and fauna as you make your way to the inside of the cave and see the water cascading through the rock of the basal cave which has been formed over millions of years.

Visit O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards for wine tasting and afternoon tea.

Cost: $55 AUD

Key Destinations/Stops and information

- 12.45pm: Depart the GCCEC
- 17.00pm: Arrive back at GCCEC

Tour 4: Canal Cruise

Overview:  Catch the “G” and have your photograph taken on the world-famous Surfers Paradise beach before cruising the beautiful Gold Coast waterways, canals, and Broadwater, seeing million-dollar homes of the rich and famous, luxury yachts, Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace and wildlife including dolphin spotting, sea eagles and a light snack.

Cost: $40 AUD

Information

- 1245pm: Depart the GCCEC
- Return to your hotel at your leisure using the “G”

Tour 5: Golf afternoon

Overview: The 27 hole golf course at RACV Royal Pines allows for three unique 18 hole combination golf courses, including a recently redesigned championship course which hosts the Australian PGA Championship. The Golf Course at RACV Royal Pines has also recently been nominated Australia's Best Golf Hotel 2017 by the World Golf Awards.

Cost: $165 AUD (Includes Golf, Cart and Club Hire)

Information

- 12.30pm: Depart the GCCEC
- 1.00pm: Tee time
- 6.00pm: Return to GCCEC

 

Please note: All tours are subject to change and cancellation if minimum numbers are not reached.  If a tour is canceled a refund will be issued or credited to another tour.