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Dirk De Pauw
Dirk De Pauw
Chief Executive Officer, Founder
He lives to learn and has particular interests in biological systems, informatics and mathematics. He has a degree and PhD in Bioscience Engineering (Ghent University, Belgium) and has been an active programmer since 1990. During his time at the university he wrote numerous modelling and simulation tools for a wide range of biological systems. Through the fruitful collaboration with the Laboratory of Plant Ecology at Ghent University, his interest in plant systems grew steadily. In 2008 he founded Phyto-IT with the goal of bringing quality software solutions to the plant science and horticulture/agriculture communities.
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Selected papers
  • Steppe K., De Pauw D.J.W., Doody T.M. and Teskey R.O. (2010). A comparison of sap flux density using thermal dissipation, heat pulse velocity and heat field deformation methods. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 150(7-8), 1046-1056.
  • Nadezhdina N., Steppe K., De Pauw D.J.W., Bequet R., Cermak J. and Ceulemans R. (2009). Stem-mediated hydraulic redistribution in large roots on opposing sides of a Douglas-fir tree following localized irrigation. New Phytologist, 184(8), 932-943.
  • Steppe K., De Pauw D.J.W., Saveyn A., Tahon P., Nadezhdina N., Cermak J. and Lemeur R. (2009). Radial Sap Flux Profiles and Beyond: an Easy Software Analysis Tool. Acta Horticulturae, 846, 85-92.
  • Villez K., Steppe K. and De Pauw D.J.W. (2009). Use of Unfold PCA for on-line plant stress monitoring and sensor failure detection. Biosystems Engineering, 103(1), 23-34.
  • De Pauw D.J.W., Steppe K. and De Baets B. (2008). Identifiability analysis and improvement of a tree water flow and storage model. Mathematical Biosciences, 211(2), 314-332.
  • De Pauw D.J.W., Steppe K. and De Baets B. (2008). Unravelling the output uncertainty of a tree water flow and storage model using several global sensitivity analysis methods. Biosystem Engineering, 101(1), 87-99.
  • Steppe K.,De Pauw D.J.W. and Lemeur R. (2008). Validation of a dynamic stem diameter variation model and the resulting seasonal changes in calibrated parameter values. Ecological Modelling, 218(3-4), 247-259.
  • Steppe K., De Pauw D.J.W. and Lemeur R. (2008). A step towards new irrigation scheduling strategies using plant-based measurements and mathematical modelling. Irrigation Science, 26(6), 505-517.
  • Steppe K., De Pauw D.J.W., Lemeur R. and Vanrolleghem P.A. (2006). A mathematical model linking tree sap flow dynamics to daily stem diameter fluctuations and radial stem growth. Tree Physiology, 26(3), 257-273.