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The first and only conference dedicated to building the Internet of Food.
This year’s themes:
Collecting global generational food wisdom at scale.
Sustainability: Innovation: Discovery

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Friday, March 22
 

7:35pm

Food Traditions, Generational Wisdom and Contemporary times
What happens when you bring together a radio host, immigrant chefs, a dietician, a museum curator, and an ethnobotanist to talk about preserving food traditions in the changing world?
We don't know yet--but we're pretty sure it won't be anything less than magic.

Moderators
avatar for Sasha Khokha

Sasha Khokha

Host, The California Report Magazine, KQED Public Radio
Sasha Khokha is the host of  The California Report Magazine, KQED’s weekly statewide storytelling show,  Sasha takes listeners on sound-rich radio excursions to meet the people and visit the places that make the Golden State unique, from cattle ranching moms to  homeless college... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John de la Parra

John de la Parra

Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab and Harvard University
Dr. John de la Parra is an ethnobotanist and plant chemist. He holds appointments as an Associate at Harvard University, within the Harvard University Herbaria, and as a Research Scientist at MIT, working as the Research Lead for the MIT Media Lab's Open Agriculture Initiative. He... Read More →
avatar for Heena Patel

Heena Patel

Chef and Founder, Besharam
avatar for Julie Meyer

Julie Meyer

Eat Well Global
Julie Meyer, RDN, is the Founding Partner of Eat Well Global, a communications and consulting firm whose mission is to empower global change agents in food and nutrition. With more than two decades in nutrition and health communications, and having worked and run a business in China... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Piccoli

Catherine Piccoli

Curator, Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD)
Catherine brings a multidisciplinary approach to the team. As a food historian and writer, her work focuses on the intersection of food, culture, memory, and place. At MOFAD, she leads the educational department, overseeing exhibitions, public programming, and school visits. As curator... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 7:35pm - 8:25pm
California Academy of Sciences 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
  • Area y
 
Saturday, March 23
 

11:45am

The Circle of Food
Food circular economies involve reuse and repurposing of food processing "waste" streams. This panel explores the use of ingredients for beverage making as well as the normally discarded remnants of beverage processing for tcreation of novel foods. Attendees will learn about flour made grains "spent" in the brewing process, beer made from bread -- and analogous circular processes for products like coffee)--and will have the opportunity to try these tasty products and rate their flavor experience in a digital app.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Shoemaker

Sharon Shoemaker

Executive Director, CIFAR/UC Davis
Dr. Shoemaker is the author of several patents on novel yeast strains to convert biomass-to-ethanol and novel bacterial strains to produce new forms of cellulose. She is currently researching the application of cellulases in biomass conversion (e.g. rice straw, wood, missed waste... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Weidner

Robert Weidner

Founder, Repurposed Pod
Robert Weidner is the president and co-founder of Repurposed Pod, a US and Ecuadorbased company dedicated to bringing economic sustainability to cacao farmers andtheir communities through innovation and the development of cacao products. Robert’spassion for cacao grew while responsible... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Kurzrock

Daniel Kurzrock

Chief Grain Officer and Co-Founder, ReGrained
Dan Kurzrock is the co-founder and "Chief Grain Officer" of ReGrained. ReGrained rescues and upcycles millions of tons of high-protein high-fiber grain generated by the brewing industry into SuperGrain+ flour. SuperGrain+ is versatile ingredient that from savory to sweet applications... Read More →
avatar for Samuel Chereskin

Samuel Chereskin

CEO, Misadventures
Sam Chereskin has researched and worked on adding value to food systems for the last 11 years. During that time he also spent 7 years distilling. It is these overlapping skill sets that led to being one of the co-founders of Misadventure & Co. Misadventure Vodka seems the first distilled... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
The Archery 498 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

2:15pm

Digitizing Flavour
While image and sound have been digitized in near comnpleteness, digitization of taste and smell are still wanting. Electric noses and chip-based olfaction are able to capture and identify molecular signatures yet organoleptic patterns exist beyond food composition characterization. Flavor measurements vary widely depending on purpose, mood, enviroment, and individual variation. New AI based methods for sensory analysis of foods are being developed. This panel explores how these digitization efforts can be combined into a single model. Will there be agreement on a unified flavour model in the future?

Moderators
avatar for Jean-Xavier Guinard

Jean-Xavier Guinard

Professor and Sensory Scientist, UC Davis
Dr. Guinard is a sensory scientist and a consumer researcher. His research is focusing on the sensory properties of foods and beverages, how humans perceive them, and how they affect food choice and food intake and consumer behavior.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Silverman

Josh Silverman

CEO, Aromyx
Dr. Joshua Silverman serves as CEO for Aromyx, joining the company in 2018.  Dr. Silverman has 20 years of experience in new technology research, development and commercialization.  Dr. Silverman also serves as an advisor for a number of biotechnology companies and was formerly... Read More →
avatar for Tarini Naravane

Tarini Naravane

PhD Student, IC-FOODS UC Davis
Predicting flavour outcomes in recipe making (or food processing) is an ongoing effort. Ingredients never taste the same, people's taste preferences and expectations change.Sensory products like music and image are digitised - sounds and colours can be synthesized from basic elements... Read More →
avatar for John de la Parra

John de la Parra

Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab and Harvard University
Dr. John de la Parra is an ethnobotanist and plant chemist. He holds appointments as an Associate at Harvard University, within the Harvard University Herbaria, and as a Research Scientist at MIT, working as the Research Lead for the MIT Media Lab's Open Agriculture Initiative. He... Read More →
avatar for Jason Cohen

Jason Cohen

Founder & CEO, Analytical Flavor Systems, Inc.
Before starting Analytical Flavor Systems, Jason was the Founder and Executive Director of The Tea Institute at Penn State, which oversees 20+ researchers in 5 fields of study in traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Tea. Jason did his research in Sensory Science and Data Mining... Read More →
avatar for Mario Ubiali

Mario Ubiali

Co-Founder and CEO, Thimus
Co-founder and current CEO of Thimus, a startup company devoted to applied neuroscience, with bases in California and Italy. I believe we can bring profound innovation to human behavior and well being. The future is not just in better understanding how the brain works, but to use... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
The Archery 498 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
  • Host Organization y

3:15pm

Creative solutions for food loss at scale
It seems unconscionable that 40% of food in America, and 33% worldwide is wasted while 1 in 7 Americans--and global citizens alike--are hungry. The overall scale of this global challenge is staggering and will require a portfolio of solutions that are tailored to match the local conditions and type of food waste. However, our current knowledge of the quantity and composition of food waste flows is insufficient for designing and implementing targeted interventions to enable meaningful progress at scale. This panel will address the need for improved food loss and waste measurement and information systems to advance prevention, recovery, and recycling opportunities, using California and India as case examples for the discussion.



Speakers
avatar for Ned Spang

Ned Spang

Assistant Professor and Associate Director, UC Davis, Department of Food Science and Technology and Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
DegreesPh.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts UniversityM.A.L.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts UniversityB.A., Dartmouth CollegeResearchDr. Spang’s research focuses on characterizing and optimizing the efficiency of linked water, energy, and food... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Harrison

Cheryl Harrison

Director, Vivia Foundation
Cheryl’s major focus is to conceive, develop and implement cluster development programs guided by the sustainable development goals (SDGs), with resilient outcomes for complex value chain systems. Programs involve new technologies and methods for simple, affordable and scalable... Read More →
avatar for Raj Vallabhaneni

Raj Vallabhaneni

CEO, Vasudhaika Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd
Raj did his Masters in Technology and has decades of experience in working with blue chipcompanies as well as building companies. He cofounded Rofous.com, a 2000 people company.Rofous was acquired by Globallogic. He started Andhra Engineering College ( www.aecn.com )imparting education... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
The Archery 498 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

4:15pm

Food Experience Review
Speakers
avatar for Matthew Lange

Matthew Lange

Food and Health Informatician, IC-FOODS UC Davis
Dr. Lange’s research program is helping to define and shape a new scientific discipline known as Food Informatics, while simultaneously enabling the engineering of a computable infrastructure for the burgeoning Internet of Food (IoF). Part Semantic Web (SemWeb), part Internet of... Read More →
avatar for Tarini Naravane

Tarini Naravane

PhD Student, IC-FOODS UC Davis
Predicting flavour outcomes in recipe making (or food processing) is an ongoing effort. Ingredients never taste the same, people's taste preferences and expectations change.Sensory products like music and image are digitised - sounds and colours can be synthesized from basic elements... Read More →
avatar for Jason Cohen

Jason Cohen

Founder & CEO, Analytical Flavor Systems, Inc.
Before starting Analytical Flavor Systems, Jason was the Founder and Executive Director of The Tea Institute at Penn State, which oversees 20+ researchers in 5 fields of study in traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Tea. Jason did his research in Sensory Science and Data Mining... Read More →
avatar for Mario Ubiali

Mario Ubiali

Co-Founder and CEO, Thimus
Co-founder and current CEO of Thimus, a startup company devoted to applied neuroscience, with bases in California and Italy. I believe we can bring profound innovation to human behavior and well being. The future is not just in better understanding how the brain works, but to use... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 4:15pm - 4:45pm
The Archery 498 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
 
Sunday, March 24
 

9:00am

Welcome
Welcome to academic and regulatory portion of IC-FOODS Conference. Overview for the next 2-days worth of events.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Lange

Matthew Lange

Food and Health Informatician, IC-FOODS UC Davis
Dr. Lange’s research program is helping to define and shape a new scientific discipline known as Food Informatics, while simultaneously enabling the engineering of a computable infrastructure for the burgeoning Internet of Food (IoF). Part Semantic Web (SemWeb), part Internet of... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:00am - 9:10am
UC ANR 2801 2nd St, Davis, CA 95618

9:40am

Grand Challenges in the Food System
What are the largest and most pressing issues across food systems? Which of these issues are most ripe for information technology innovation? What is the role of government, enterprise? Our panel of high-level government officials andFoodTech Investors will explore answers to these pressing questions.




Moderators
avatar for Tom Tomich

Tom Tomich

Professor and Director, UC Davis, Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI)
Tom Tomich joined the University of California Davis faculty in January 2007. He is founding director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, inaugural holder of the WK Kellogg Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, and professor of community development, environmental science... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Casey Hoy

Dr. Casey Hoy

Professor, Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystem Management, Faculty Director, the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), Ohio State University, InFACT Discovery Theme
I lead the interdisciplinary and WK Kellogg Foundation endowed Agroecosystems Management Program. Agroecosystems include both people and the land. Our program seeks balance between prosperous farms, sustainable communities and healthy environments. I explore interactions between social... Read More →
avatar for Andre Laperrière

Andre Laperrière

Executive Director, GODAN
During his career, Mr. Laperrière has led/managed numerous large scale projects on behalf of Private Corporations and subsequently, within the United Nations.He has extensive work experience in the Americas, Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, in particular in developing... Read More →
avatar for John Finley

John Finley

National Program Leader in Human Nutrition, USDA-Agriculture Research Service
John Weldon FinleyNational Program Leader in Human NutritionUSDA-Agriculture Research Service5601 Sunnyside phone: 301-504-5381Beltsville, MD 20705 email: john.finley@ars.usda.gov                         Dr. Finley serves as National Program Leader for the program in... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:40am - 10:25am
UC ANR 2801 2nd St, Davis, CA 95618

10:40am

Addressing Grand Challenges for Food Systems with Software Infrastructure: The Semantic Web of Food (SWOF)
The emerging Semantic Web of Food is enabling standardized access to data across the food system. These data stores are often encoded in ontologies to facilitate standardized access, query, and the development of reasoning and learning algorithms. This panel will outline the role of this emerging semantic web of food, and it's role in addressing global food system issues.

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Lange

Matthew Lange

Food and Health Informatician, IC-FOODS UC Davis
Dr. Lange’s research program is helping to define and shape a new scientific discipline known as Food Informatics, while simultaneously enabling the engineering of a computable infrastructure for the burgeoning Internet of Food (IoF). Part Semantic Web (SemWeb), part Internet of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tom Baker

Tom Baker

Co-director, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)
Tom Baker has left his fingerprints on key Semantic Web standards since the late 1990s, when he helped found the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), which he now co-directs. He co-chaired the W3C working group that published Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) in 2009... Read More →
avatar for Damion Dooley

Damion Dooley

Scientific Programmer and Ontology Developer, University of British Columbia
Since 2013, Damion Dooley has been a key part of the Genome Canada funded IRIDA.CA project, with a focus on biomedical ontology development. Two decades of internet startup technical leadership has given him in-depth experience in facing the challenges of industry, academic, and... Read More →
avatar for Marie-Angélique Laporte

Marie-Angélique Laporte

Researcher, Bioversity International


Sunday March 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am
UC ANR 2801 2nd St, Davis, CA 95618

11:30am

Addressing Grand Challenges for Food Systems with Hardware: IOT for IOF
This panel explores IoT technologies for highthoughput production, processing, and phenotyping of plants, the critical information that these data provide and their potential scientific and commercial uses.

Moderators
avatar for Peggy Smedley

Peggy Smedley

President and Editorial Director, Specialty Publishing Media
Tech-People-Connector: Podcast doer, influencer, and futurist educating world about the IoT and emerging tech to inspire next-gen women and men as innovators.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Silverstein

Kevin Silverstein

RIS Informatics Analyst, University of Minnesota
Kevin Silverstein PhDScientific LeadRIS Informatics Analyst, Minnesota Supercomputing InstituteExpertise:Bioinformatics, Systems biology, Comparative genomics, Databases, Plant-microbe interactionsEducation:PhD, Biophysics, University of California, San FranciscoBA, Computer Science... Read More →
avatar for John de la Parra

John de la Parra

Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab and Harvard University
Dr. John de la Parra is an ethnobotanist and plant chemist. He holds appointments as an Associate at Harvard University, within the Harvard University Herbaria, and as a Research Scientist at MIT, working as the Research Lead for the MIT Media Lab's Open Agriculture Initiative. He... Read More →
avatar for Marc Oshima

Marc Oshima

CMO, AeroFarms
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of AeroFarms, a leading clean-technology company that builds and operates responsible, state-of-the-art indoor vertical farms around the world, enabling local production and transforming agriculture. A Certified B Corporation, AeroFarms has been... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm
UC ANR 2801 2nd St, Davis, CA 95618

12:40pm

The Impact of Digital Food Solutions
Ted is one of the foremost leaders in food technology development. In today’s presentation, Ted will discuss how icertainty’s web and mobile solutions enable food safety, eliminate risk through traceability, and help businesses fulfill their brand promises and grow stronger.

Speakers
avatar for Ted Woodings

Ted Woodings

CEO, iCertainty
Ted Woodings is the founder and CEO of icertainty, a software technology company providing scalable digital food management solutions worldwide.Woodings is one of the foremost leaders in helping businesses deliver safe quality food and fulfill their brand promises. Partnering with... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 12:40pm - 12:55pm
UC ANR 2801 2nd St, Davis, CA 95618

3:15pm

Smart Food Safety
From databases of organismal serovars, genotypes, and phenotypes to applications that track food processing and handling. This panel explores the digitization of food safety informatic resoureces and highlights forthcoming posibilities for food poisoning outbreak prediction, detection, and amelioration.

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Goodridge

Lawrence Goodridge

Professor, University of Guelph
Dr. Goodridge is a native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph with a major emphasis in Food Microbiology and Food Safety in 2002. Following a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Georgia, he accepted a faculty position at the... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm
UC ANR 2801 2nd St, Davis, CA 95618

3:30pm

Smart Policy & Planning: Data-Driven Food Policy
This panel explores the ways and means necessary to craft smart, data-driven policy around food and the environment. Panelists spanning environment, food and data science will begin to enumerate the required data and informaion sources necessary for transparent, sustainable development of ag and food resources.

Moderators
avatar for James F Quinn

James F Quinn

Professor Emeritus; Director, Information Center for the Environment, UC Davis

Speakers
avatar for Michael Dimock

Michael Dimock

President, Roots of Change
Michael is internationally recognized as a thought leader, organizer, and advocate for transformation of food and farming systems. His opinion editorials have been published in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Slow Food International publications. He is a regular... Read More →
avatar for Deema Tamimi

Deema Tamimi

Founder and CEO, Land & Land
Deema is the Founder and CEO of Land & Land, a nonprofit organization focused on building equitable and sustainable food systems in the Yolo and Sacramento region. Land & Ladle aims to raise awareness and tackle food system issues via technology, educational programs, marketing... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Grossman

Dennis Grossman

Senior Advisor for Environmental Science and Policy, Strategic Growth Council
Dr. Dennis Grossman is the Senior Advisor for Environmental Science and Policy at the Strategic Growth Council. He comes to the Strategic Growth Council after providing science and policy leadership in non-profit conservation organizations for the past 25 years. These NGO positions... Read More →
avatar for Nathaniel Roth, Ph.D., GISP

Nathaniel Roth, Ph.D., GISP

Geographic Information Officer, California Department of Conservation
Dr. Roth is the Geographic Information Officer for the California Department of Conservation (DOC). The Division of Land Resource Protection within the DOC, is responsible for tracking and reporting on the conversion of agricultural land across California. The Division also administers... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
UC ANR 2801 2nd St, Davis, CA 95618

4:15pm

Wrap-up
Quick wrap-up and lessons learned.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Lange

Matthew Lange

Food and Health Informatician, IC-FOODS UC Davis
Dr. Lange’s research program is helping to define and shape a new scientific discipline known as Food Informatics, while simultaneously enabling the engineering of a computable infrastructure for the burgeoning Internet of Food (IoF). Part Semantic Web (SemWeb), part Internet of... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 4:15pm - 4:25pm
UC ANR 2801 2nd St, Davis, CA 95618
 
Monday, March 25
 

8:30am

From concept maps to ontologies: An introduction to computable vocabularies and resources for workshop participants
Speakers
avatar for Matthew Lange

Matthew Lange

Food and Health Informatician, IC-FOODS UC Davis
Dr. Lange’s research program is helping to define and shape a new scientific discipline known as Food Informatics, while simultaneously enabling the engineering of a computable infrastructure for the burgeoning Internet of Food (IoF). Part Semantic Web (SemWeb), part Internet of... Read More →
avatar for Damion Dooley

Damion Dooley

Scientific Programmer and Ontology Developer, University of British Columbia
Since 2013, Damion Dooley has been a key part of the Genome Canada funded IRIDA.CA project, with a focus on biomedical ontology development. Two decades of internet startup technical leadership has given him in-depth experience in facing the challenges of industry, academic, and... Read More →
avatar for Chris Mungall

Chris Mungall

Computer Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
avatar for Allan Hollander

Allan Hollander

University of California, Davis
Dr. Hollander is a geographer whose work focuses on the use of information systems for environmental management. Areas of emphasis include spatial analyses of land cover and species distribution patterns, statistical analysis of large environmental datasets using multivariate techniques... Read More →


Monday March 25, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
UC ANR 2801 2nd St, Davis, CA 95618

2:30pm

Workshop A and B: Combining concepts
Monday March 25, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
UC ANR 2801 2nd St, Davis, CA 95618
 

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