Da-Wen Sun - Biography#

Born in Southern China, Professor Da-Wen Sun is a world authority in food engineering research and education; he is a Member of Royal Irish Academy which is the highest academic honour in Ireland, he is also a member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe). His main research activities include cooling, drying and refrigeration processes and systems, quality and safety of food products, bioprocess simulation and optimisation, and computer vision technology. Especially, his innovative studies on vacuum cooling of cooked meats, pizza quality inspection by computer vision, and edible films for shelf-life extension of fruit and vegetables have been widely reported in national and international media. Results of his work have been published in about 600 papers including over 250 peer-reviewed journal papers (h-index = 34). He has also edited 12 authoritative books. According to Thomson Scientific’s Essential Science IndicatorsSM updated as of 1 July 2010, based on data derived over a period of ten years plus four-month (1 January 2000 – 30 April 2010) from ISI Web of Science, a total of 2,554 scientists are among the top one percent of the most cited scientists in the category of Agriculture Sciences, and Professor Sun tops the list with his ranking of 31.

He received a first class BSc Honours and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in China before working in various universities in Europe. He became the first Chinese national to be permanently employed in an Irish University when he was appointed College Lecturer at National University of Ireland, Dublin (University College Dublin) in 1995, and was then continuously promoted in the shortest possible time to Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Full Professor. Dr Sun is now Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Food Refrigeration and Computerised Food Technology Research Group at University College Dublin (UCD).

As a leading educator in food engineering, Professor Sun has significantly contributed to the field of food engineering. He has trained many PhD students, who have made their own contributions to the industry and academia. He has also given lectures on advances in food engineering on a regular basis in academic institutions internationally and delivered keynote speeches at international conferences. As a recognised authority in food engineering, he has been conferred adjunct/ visiting/ consulting professorships from ten top universities in China including Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Harbin Institute of Technology, China Agricultural University, South China University of Technology, Jiangnan University and so on. In recognition of his significant contribution to Food Engineering worldwide and for his outstanding leadership in the field, the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) awarded him the “CIGR Merit Award” in 2000 and again in 2006, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) based in the UK named him “Food Engineer of the Year 2004”, in 2008 he was awarded “CIGR Recognition Award” in honour of his distinguished achievements as the top one percent of Agricultural Engineering scientists in the world. In 2007 he was presented with the only “AFST(I) Fellow Award” in that year by the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), and in 2010 he was presented with “CIGR Fellow Award”, the title of Fellow is the highest honour in CIGR, and is conferred to individuals who have made sustained, outstanding contributions worldwide.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland (the Institution of Engineers of Ireland). He has also received numerous awards for teaching and research excellence, including the President’s Research Fellowship, and has twice received the President’s Research Award of University College Dublin. He is Editor-in-Chief of Food and Bioprocess Technology – an International Journal (Springer) (2010 Impact Factor = 3.576, ranked at the 4th position among 126 food science and technology journals), Series Editor of “Contemporary Food Engineering” book series (CRC Press / Taylor & Francis), former Editor of Journal of Food Engineering (Elsevier), and Editorial Board Member for Journal of Food Engineering (Elsevier), Journal of Food Process Engineering (Blackwell), Sensing and Instrumentation for Food Quality and Safety (Springer) and Czech Journal of Food Sciences. He is also a Chartered Engineer.

On 28 May 2010, he was awarded membership of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), which is the highest honour that can be attained by scholars and scientists working in Ireland; and at the 51st CIGR General Assembly held during the CIGR World Congress in Quebec City, Canada on 13-17 June 2010, he was elected Incoming President of CIGR, and will become CIGR President in 2013-2014 - the term of his CIGR presidency is six years, two years each for serving as Incoming President, President, and Past President.

Citation Report#

Results (as of 22 February 2012) in ISI Web of Science for journal papers published by Professor Sun {search terms: Author=(Sun DW) AND Address=(Dublin OR Belfast OR Newcastle OR Sheffield OR Guangzhou)} are as follows:

  • Results found: 229
  • Sum of the Times Cited: 3796
  • Sum of Times cited without self-citations: 2909
  • Average Citations per Item: 16.58
  • h-index: 35

Current Position#

  • Professor (Personal Chair) of Food and Biosystems Engineering, National University of Ireland – Dublin (University College Dublin) (please visit http://www.ucd.ie/sun/)
  • Director, Food Refrigeration & Computerised Food Technology (FRCFT) Research Group, National University of Ireland – Dublin (University College Dublin) (please visit http://www.ucd.ie/refrig/)
  • Visiting Professor of Zhejiang University, China
  • Adjunct Professor of Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • Visiting Professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
  • Visiting Professor of China Agricultural University, China
  • Consulting Professor of South China University of Technology, China
  • Visiting Professor of Jiangnan University (formerly Wuxi University of Light Industry), China

Address#

Food Refrigeration & Computerised Food Technology (FRCFT)
National University of Ireland, Dublin
(University College Dublin)
Agriculture & Food Science Centre
Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland
Tel: +353-1-7167342; Fax: +353-1-7167493 / 7167415
Website: http://www.ucd.ie/refrig/

Other Academic Appointments#

  • Editor-in-Chief of Food and Bioprocess Technology – an International Journal (Springer)
  • Series Editor of Contemporary Food Engineering book series (CRC Press / Taylor & Francis)
  • Member of CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering) Executive Board
  • Honorary Vice-President of CIGR
  • Coordinator of CIGR Working Groups
  • Incoming President of CIGR 2011-2012, President 2013-2014, Past President 2015-2016
  • Europe and Africa Regional Director, Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological and Food Engineers (AOCABFE)
  • Member of the editorial board of Journal of Food Engineering (Elsevier)
  • Member of the editorial board of Journal of Food Process Engineering (Blackwell)
  • Member of the editorial board of Czech Journal of Food Sciences
  • Member of the editorial board of Sensing and Instrumentation for Food Quality and Safety (Springer)
  • Member of the advisory board of International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation (Inderscience)
  • Member of the editorial advisory board: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture (Bentham Science)
  • Member of the editorial advisory board: The Open Agriculture Journal (Bentham Science)
  • International editorial member: International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Guest Editor of Computers and Electronics in Agriculture (Elsevier)
  • Chair of CIGR Section VI (Postharvest Technology and Process Engineering), 2002-2006.
  • Chairman of CIGR Internet Service Working Group, 1998-2002.
  • Secretary to the WG1 (Working Group 1) of CIGR for harmonisation of agricultural engineering university curricula, 1997-2001.
  • Secretary to the SIG12 (Special Interest Group 12) of EurAgEng (European Society of Agricultural Engineers) for European agricultural engineering curricula, 1997-2001
  • Vice-President of the Irish-Chinese Cultural Society, Ireland, 1999
  • President of the Irish-Chinese Cultural Society, Ireland, 2000-2002
  • Editor of Journal of Food Engineering (Elsevier), 2005-2007

Chairmanship of Major International Conferences#

  • Chairman of Organising Committee and Consultant of Scientific Committee, Functional Food and Health International Symposium, Nanjing, China, 18-22 August 2011.
  • Session Chair, Session: Keynote Speech (18 August 2011). Functional Food and Health International Symposium, Nanjing, China, 18-22 August 2011.
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Committee, 11th International Agricultural Mechanisation and Energy Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, 20-23 September 2011.
  • Member of Organising Committee, 9th International Conference of Food Science and Technology (ICFST), 27-29 May 2011, Hangzhou, China.
  • Member of Academic Committee, International Conference on Agricultural Engineering New Technology (ICAE2011), 27-29 May 2011, Zibo, China.
  • Member of Scientific Committee, 11th International Congress on Engineering and Food (ICEF 11), Athens, Greece, 22 - 26 May 2011.
  • Session Chair, Session 5: New technologies for the evaluation of quality and safety (23 May 2011). 11th International Congress on Engineering and Food (ICEF 11), Athens, Greece, 22 - 26 May 2011.
  • Chairman of the Symposium, 6th CIGR Technical Symposium on Toward a Sustainable Food Chain, Nantes, France, 18 - 20 April 2011.
  • Session Chair, Session: Keynote Speech (23 Oct 2010). 4th International Conference on Computer and Computing Technologies in Agriculture / 1st International Conference on Intelligent Nondestructive Detection and Information Processing Technology, 22-25 October 2010, Nanchang, China.
  • Member of Academic Committee, International Agricultural Engineering Conference 2010 (IAEC2010), Shanghai, China, 17 – 20 September 2010.
  • Session Chair, Section VI - Spectroscopy and image analysis (III) (16 June 2010). XVIIth World Congress of CIGR, Québec City, Canada, 13 - 17 June 2010.
  • Session Chair, Section VI - Spectroscopy and image analysis – POSTERS (14 June 2010). XVIIth World Congress of CIGR, Québec City, Canada, 13 - 17 June 2010.
  • Member of Scientific Committee, 19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2010 and 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering ECCE-7 - Symposium on Food Processing and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic, 28 August - 1 September 2010.
  • Chairman of Organising Committee, 6th Food Science International Symposium, Beijing, China, 5 – 11 August, 2010.
  • Chairman of the Symposium and Chairman of the Organising Committee, 5th International Symposium of CIGR Section VI on Food Processing, Monitoring Technology in Bioprocesses and Food Quality Management, Potsdam, Germany, 31 August - 2 September 2009.
  • Session Chair, Session 8: New Applications in Food Packaging and Refrigeration (23 April 2009). 3rd International Congress on Food and Nutrition, Antalya, Turkey, 22-25 April 2009.
  • Member of Scientific Committee, Frutic Chile 2009 – 8th International Symposium on Information and Technology for the Sustainable Production of Fruit and Vegetables, Nuts, Wines and Olives, Concepcion, Chile, 5 - 9 January 2009.
  • Session Chair, Session A-6 (17 October 2008). 10th International Congress on Mechanization and Energy in Agriculture, Antalya, Turkey, 14 - 17 October 2008.
  • Member of Scientific Committee, 10th International Congress on Mechanization and Energy in Agriculture, Antalya, Turkey, 14 - 17 October 2008.
  • Session Chair, Specific Lectures: Computer vision and quality of foods (1 September 2008). 2nd CIGR International Conference of Agricultural Engineering 2008, Iguassu Falls City, Brazil, 31 August - 4 September 2008.
  • Chairman of the Conference and Chairman of the Organising Committee, 4th International Symposium of CIGR Section VI on Food and Bioprocess Technology, Iguassu Falls City, Brazil, 31 August - 4 September 2008.
  • Member of Scientific Committee, 18th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering - Symposium on Food Processing and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic, 24 - 28 August 2008.
  • Member of International Scientific Committee, Model-IT 2008 - IV International Symposium on Applications of Modelling as an Innovative Technology in the Agri-Food Chain, Madrid, Spain, 9 - 11 June 2008.
  • Session Chair, Symposium C: Computer vision and quality of foods (22 April 2008). 10th International Congress on Engineering and Food (ICEF 10), Viña del Mar, Chile, 20-24 April 2008.
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Committee, International Conference on Traditional Dairy Foods (ICTDF 2007), Karnal, India, 14-17 November 2007.
  • Session Chair, Technical session – V: New concepts in dairy processing (16 November 2007). International Conference on Traditional Dairy Foods (ICTDF 2007), Karnal, India, 14-17 November 2007.
  • Member of Organising Committee, 7th International Conference of Food Science and Technology, Wuxi, China, 12-15 November 2007.
  • Chairman of the Conference and Chairman of the Organising Committee, 3rd International Symposium of CIGR Section VI on Food and Agricultural Products: Processing and Innovations, Naples, Italy, 24-26 September 2007.
  • Head Coordinator, Congress Division: Processing & Post Harvest Technology and Logistics (12 Sessions), XVI CIGR World Congress, Bonn, Germany, 3-7 September 2006.
  • Session Chair, Mathematical modelling and simulation for food processing (5 September 2006), XVI CIGR World Congress, Bonn, Germany, 3-7 September 2006.
  • Session Chair, Image processing / analysis and computer vision technology (4 September 2006), XVI CIGR World Congress, Bonn, Germany, 3-7 September 2006.
  • Member of Scientific Committee, 17th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering - Symposium on Food Processing and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic, 27-31 August 2006.
  • Session Chair, Session K2 (28 August 2006), 17th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering - Symposium on Food Processing and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic, 27-31 August 2006.
  • Member of Scientific and Advisory Committee, 3rd Central European Congress on Food, Sofia, Bulgaria, 22-24 May 2006.
  • Chairman of the Conference and Chairman of the Scientific Committee, 2nd International Symposium of CIGR Section VI on Future of Food Engineering, Warsaw, Poland, 26 – 28 April 2006.
  • Session Chair, Keynote speeches (29 April 2006), 2nd International Symposium of CIGR Section VI on Future of Food Engineering, Warsaw, Poland, 26 – 28 April 2006.
  • Session Chair, Food chemistry and biotechnology (9 November 2005). 6th International Conference of Food Science and Technology, Guangzhou, China, 7-9 November 2005.
  • Member of Organising Committee, 6th International Conference of Food Science and Technology, Guangzhou, China, 7-9 November 2005.
  • Member of Scientific Committee, Eurotherm Seminar 77 - Heat and Mass Transfer in Food Processing, Parma, Italy, 20-22 June 2005.
  • Session Chair, Transport phenomena and numerical discretisation (I) (30 May 2005). 3rd International Symposium on Applications of Modelling as an Innovative Technology in the Agri-Food Chain, Leuven, Belgium, 29 May - 2 June 2005.
  • Member of International Advisory Scientific Committee, International Conference on Postharvest Technology & Quality Management in Arid Climates, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 24-26 January 2005
  • Member of Scientific Committee, International Workshop EuroFreeze 2005: Individual Quick Freezing of Foods, Sofia, Bulgaria, 13-15 January 2005.
  • Chairman of the Conference, 1st International Conference of CIGR Section VI on Bioproducts Processing and Food Safety - In Conjunction with the 2004 CIGR International Conference, Beijing, China, 11 – 14 October 2004.
  • Session Chair, Session 15: Packaging, Waste Treatment and Management (14 October 2004), 2004 CIGR International Conference, Beijing, China, 11 – 14 October 2004.
  • Session Chair, Session 7: Preservation and Storage (13 October 2004), 2004 CIGR International Conference, Beijing, China, 11 – 14 October 2004.
  • Session Chair, Session 2: Thermal Processing, Chilling and Freezing (12 October 2004), 2004 CIGR International Conference, Beijing, China, 11 – 14 October 2004.
  • Session Chair, Session I2 (23 August 2004), the 16th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, Prague, Czech Republic, 22 - 26 August 2004.
  • Member of Organising Committee, 5th International Conference of Food Science and Technology, Wuxi, China, 22-24 October 2003.
  • Session Chair, Session C2-1: Advances in Food Freezing and Refrigeration (21 August 2003). 21st International Congress of Refrigeration, Washington, USA, 17-22 August 2003.
  • Session Organiser and Chair, Session 105: Chilling, Freezing and Preservation in Food and Agricultural Applications – Part 1 (31 July 2002), Session 126: Chilling, Freezing and Preservation in Food and Agricultural Applications – Part 2 (31 July 2002), CIGR World Congress / ASAE Annual International Meeting, Chicago, USA, 28-31 July 2002.
  • Session Chair, Session L3 (27 August 2002), the 15th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, Prague, Czech Republic, 25 - 29 August 2002.
  • Session Chair, Session 6: Technology Innovation and Sustainable Agriculture (13 October 2000).
  • International Conference on Engineering and Technological Sciences, Beijing, China, 11-13 October 2000.
  • Session Chair, Concurrent Presentations (Group A) (19 October 2000). 4th International Conference of Food Science and Technology, Wuxi, China, 17-20 October 2000.
  • Member of Organising Committee, 4th International Conference of Food Science and Technology, Wuxi, China, 17-20 October 2000.
  • Session Chair, Session T4.05: Food Freezing & Chilling (23 September 1999). 20th International Congress of Refrigeration, Sydney, Australia, 19-24 September 1999.

Recent Important Plenary / Keynote / Invited Lecture at Major International Conferences#

  • China: Current Food Safety Issues and the Need for EU Cooperation to Ensure Sustainability, plenary lecture, International Conference on Chinese-European Cooperation for a Long-Term Sustainability, Budapest, Hungary, 10-11 November 2011.
  • Using Hyperspectral Imaging Technique to Evaluate and Inspect Quality and Safety of Agricultural and Food Products, keynote speech at the CIGR International Symposium 2011 on Sustainable Bioproduction, Water, Energy and Food (WEF 2011), Tower Hall Funabori, Tokyo, Japan, 19-23 September 2011.
  • Developments of Novel Freezing Technologies for Improving Frozen Food Quality, keynote speech at the Functional Food and Health International Symposium, Nanjing, China, 18-22 August 2011.
  • Non-Destructive Quality and Safety Evaluation and Inspection for Agricultural and Food Products by Hyperspectral Imaging Technology, plenary lecture at the 2011 International Conference on Agricultural Engineering New Technology (ICAE2011), 27-29 May 2011, Zibo, China.
  • Hyperspectral Imaging Technology: A Non-Destructive Tool for Food Quality and Safety Evaluation and Inspection, keynote speech at the 11th International Congress on Engineering and Food (ICEF 11), Paper No. MFS1281, 22-26 May 2011, Athens, Greece.
  • Non-Destructive Food Quality and Safety Evaluation and Inspection by Hyperspectral Imaging Technology, keynote speech at the 4th International Conference on Computer and Computing Technologies in Agriculture / the 1st International Conference on Intelligent Nondestructive Detection and Information Processing Technology, 22-25 October 2010, Nanchang, China.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD): An Effective Tool for Food Process Design and Optimisation, plenary lecture at the 6th Food Science International Symposium, 5 – 11 August 2010, Beijing, China.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD): An Innovative Tool for Food Process Design and Optimisation, keynote speech at FOODSIM'2010, 24 – 26 June 2010, CIMO Research Centre, Braganca, Portugal.
  • Hyperspectral Imaging Technology for Food Quality and Safety Evaluation and Inspection, plenary lecture at the 5th International Symposium of CIGR Section VI on Food Processing, Monitoring Technology in Bioprocesses and Food Quality Management, 31 August – 2 September 2009, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Hyperspectral Imaging for Food Quality Evaluation, keynote speech at the 1st International Workshop on Computer Image Analysis in Agriculture, 27 – 28 August 2009, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Innovative Food Freezing Processes, invited speech at the 3rd International Congress on Food and Nutrition, 22-25 April 2009, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Recent Research Advances of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Applications in the Food Industry, plenary lecture at IFCON 2008 - 6th International Food Convention, 15 - 19 December 2008, Mysore, India.
  • Advanced Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in the Food Industry, keynote speech at the 10th International Congress on Mechanization and Energy in Agriculture, 14 - 17 October 2008, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Emerging Technologies In Food Freezing, specific lecture at the 2nd CIGR International Conference of Agricultural Engineering, 31 August - 4 September 2008, Iguassu Falls City, Brazil.
  • CFD: An Innovative and Effective Design Tool for the Food Industry, invited speech at the 10th International Congress on Engineering and Food (ICEF 10), 20-24 April 2008, Viña del Mar, Chile.
  • Computer Vision Technology for Food Quality Evaluation, invited speech at the International Conference on Traditional Dairy Foods (ICTDF 2007), Karnal, India, 14-17 November 2007.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics for the Food Industry, keynote speech at the 2007 CIGR International Symposium/3rd CIGR Section VI International Symposium on Food and Agricultural Products: Processing and Innovations, 24-26 September 2007, Naples, Italy.
  • Computer Vision Technology for Food Quality Evaluation, keynote speech at the International Symposium on Novel Technology in Food Processing and Engineering, 11 - 13 October 2006, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan.
  • Computer Vision Determination of Melting, Browning and Oiling-Off Characteristics of Cheddar and Mozzarella Cheeses as Affected by Baking Conditions, keynote speech at CHISA 2006 - the 17th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, 27 - 31 August 2006, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Application of Computer Vision for Food Quality Evaluation, keynote speech at 2006 CIGR International Symposium Warsaw/2nd CIGR Section VI International Symposium on Future of Food Engineering, 26-28 April 2006, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Innovative Computer Vision Technology for Food Quality Evaluation, keynote speech at the 6th International Conference of Food Science and Technology, 7-9, November, 2005, Guangzhou, China.

Academic Awards#

  • Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), 2011 (functioning as European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences, Academia Europaea is one of the most prestigious academies in the world)
  • Member of Royal Irish Academy, 2010 (the highest honour that can be attained by scholars and scientists working in Ireland)
  • CIGR Fellow Award, 2010, by CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering - formerly International Commission of Agricultural Engineering) (the title of Fellow is the highest honour in CIGR, and is conferred to individuals who have made sustained, outstanding contributions world-wide, and that continue to improve the outcomes of the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering profession)
  • Fellow of Institution of Engineers of Ireland (Engineers Ireland), 2009
  • CIGR Recognition Award, 2008, by CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural Engineering) (in recognition of my distinguished achievements as top one percent of Agricultural Engineering scientists around the world)
  • AFST(I) Fellow Award, 2007, by Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India) (the only Fellow awarded in 2007)
  • CIGR Merit Award, 2006, by CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural Engineering)
  • President’s Research Fellowship, 2004/2005, by University College Dublin
  • Food Engineer of the Year Award, 2004, by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK
  • Fellow of Institution of Agricultural Engineers, UK, 2002
  • Who’s Who in Engineering and Science, 2000 -
  • CIGR Merit Award, 2000, by CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural Engineering)
  • President’s Research Award, 2000/2001, by University College Dublin
  • Who’s Who in the World, 1999 -
  • President’s Research Award, 1998/1999, by University College Dublin
  • The 1st Prize of Science and Technology Achievement Award, 1995, by South China University of Technology, China
  • The 3rd Prize of Natural Science Award, 1994, by the Science and Technology Commission of Guangdong Province, China
  • The 1st Prize of Natural Science Award, 1994, by the Higher Education Commission of Guangdong Province, China
  • E. Gaspar Award, 1991, by The Plastics and Rubber Institute, UK
  • Plastics Machinery Distributors’ Association Award, 1991, by The Plastics and Rubber Institute, UK
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