Dr Ray Simpkin
Ray Simpkin has been an active innovator and researcher since 1982, specialising in applied electromagnetics, both in the UK aerospace sector and, since 2001, within New Zealand’s Crown-owned entities, Industrial Research Limited (IRL) and Callaghan Innovation. He has a physics and electrical engineering background, gaining a PhD in electromagnetic theory from Imperial College, London, in 1996. His most recent research interests have focused on the use of hyperspectral imaging techniques applied to NZ horticultural and food-related sectors.
Hyperspectral Imaging for Horticultural Applications
Callaghan Innovation, through its Research & Technical Services business unit, has been involved in hyperspectral imaging research since 2015 and has at its disposal a number of specialised cameras for this purpose, spanning the visible and near-infrared parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Dr. Simpkin has pioneered the use of ground-based hyperspectral imaging within the organisation. His presentation will provide a brief description of the technology, and some examples of potential horticultural applications currently being explored via a number of collaborative R&D projects with other research providers and industry partners.