Zoltan Kovacs

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Dr. Zoltan Kovacs currently works as associate professor at Szent Istvan University. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. diploma in Food Science at Corvinus University in 2007 and 2012, respectively and completed his habilitation in the field of Food Science in 2018 at Szent Istvan University. His original scope of research is the application and development of machine sensing systems, with a major focus on the electronic tongue, it’s related measurement protocol and data evaluation techniques primarily in the field of food science. His early works and adepts in the agricultural, food sciences and pharmaceutical fields, was noticed by the manufacturer of electronic tongue instruments, and he was invited for collaborations. He spent three years as a post-doctorate research fellow at Kobe University, Japan. Since his post-doc period, he has been also working with the near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) using both the conventional and the novel aquaphotomics data evaluation techniques. Dr. Kovacs has been investigating the application of aquaphotomics for various systems including various food matrixes, biological organisms, different types of water samples, and developing measurement and data evaluation protocols for rapid and non-invasive application of NIRS and aquaphotomics. Dr. Kovacs won several research awards and fellowships including pre- and post-doctoral awards and National Excellence Fellowships. Recently he owns the János Bolyai Research Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He won the József Farkas Excellence Award of the Faculty of Food Science, Szent Istvan University in 2018 and the research group with Dr. Kovacs Leadership won the Excellence Research Group grant for their research to develop measurement methods for quick determination of adulteration in various food products in the same year. Currently, Dr. Kovacs collaborates and leads different national and international research projects and as a result of his extensive international network and research activity, he was promoted to the position of Vice Dean for International Affairs of the Faculty of Food Science, Szent István University in 2019.