Track / Overview

The United Nations states “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture" as one of its sustainable development goals by the target date of 2030. To achieve these goals, global food and agriculture systems will require profound changes, in which big data and AI technologies can play significant roles.

In the past decade, a huge amount of work has been done in biomedical predictive modelling. While there are extensive resources available for the biomedical domain, the food and nutrition domains are relatively low AI-resourced. In the last five years, several studies have been focused on relevant food information extraction from textual data, food image recognition, food portion estimation, food ontology alignment, etc. Despite the recent studies focused on food and nutrition data, there is a requirement for additional effort in order to provide resources that can extract useful information from heterogeneous food and nutrition data sources. Developing such AI resources will allow further linking food and nutrition data with biomedical and environmental data, which can help explore heterogeneous hidden relations.

The focus on this track is to provide an overview of AI methods that have already existed for food and nutrition data, together with methods for linking biomedical research data with food and nutrition data as well as on methods that address key challenges arising in application areas relevant to personalized nutrition and medicine, and food safety and traceability.

This full-day track, will consist of two parts. The first part will focus more on AI methods and resources used for analyzing food and nutrition data with regard to ​personalized nutrition and medicine​, while the second part will be focused on AI analysis for ​food safety and traceability​.

Track / Schedule


With Marcel Salathé

Innovaud Session: Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley

With Christian Nils Schwab

Innovaud Session: Vivent

With Carrol Plummer

Innovaud Session: How Buhler is using data to enhance food safety & quality

With Matthias Graeber

Opening remarks

With Tome Eftimov

From Rule-based Towards more Robust Corpus-based Food Information Extraction

With Gjorgjina Cenikj & Gorjan Popovski

A Food Recognition Benchmark for Instance Segmentation tasks

With Sharada Mohanty

Coffee break

Machine Learning in Industry: Opportunities and Challenges

With Enrico Zio

Concluding remarks

With Ugo Gentile

Lunch Break

Reinventing Fragrance and Flavor Design

With Timon Zimmermann & Philippe Glénat

Opening remarks

With Mireille Moser

Understanding, Predicting & Changing Eating Habits on the Web

With Christoph Trattner

Coffee break

AI & Food Safety

With Yamine Bouzembrak

Can AI & social psychology nudge towards a healthier diet?

With Patrizia Catellani

Utilizing a Food Knowledge Graph for Healthy Ingredient Substitutions

With Sola Shirai

Coffee break

Introduction to the Pitch Session

With Mireille Moser

Natural Language Processing for Automatic Labelling of Open Consumer Comments

With Nourchene Ben Romdhane

Digital Twin Me, My diet and I

With Lydia Afman

Linked Data for Optimization in Personalized Dietary Advice

With Lorijn van Rooijen

Formation of Social Ties Predicts Food Choice: A Campus-wide Longitudinal Study

With Kristina Gligorić

A revolutionary tool for nutrition research: MyFoodRepo

With Talia Salzmann

Classifying and creating 3D representations of crops

With Thomas Chen

Concluding remarks

With Fabio Mainardi


Track / Speakers

Marcel Salathé

Professor, EPFL

Fabio Mainardi

Senior Data Scientist, Nestle

Tome Eftimov

Jožef Stefan Institute

Sharada Mohanty

CEO & Founder, AIcrowd

Philippe Glénat

VP Digital Lab, Firmenich

Timon Zimmermann

CTO, Visium SA

Mireille Moser

Statistician / Data Scientist, Nestlé

Ugo Gentile

Data Scientist, Nestlé Research

Christoph Trattner

Associate Professor, University of Bergen, Norway

Enrico Zio

Full Professor, Politecnico di Milano

Yamine Bouzembrak

Researcher in Artifical Intelligence, WFSR

Christian Nils Schwab

Executive Director, Integrative Food & Nutrition Centre, EPFL

Carrol Plummer

Co-founder and CEO, Vivent

Patrizia Catellani

Full Professor, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Milan

Matthias Graeber

Head of Data Science, Buhler Group

Lorijn van Rooijen

Researcher, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research

Kristina Gligorić

Phd Student, EPFL

Lydia Afman

Associate Professor, Wageningen University and research

Nourchene Ben Romdhane

Data Scientist, Nestlé

Talia Salzmann

Team Lead, Digital Epidemiology Lab, EPFL

Thomas Chen

Student, Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering & Head of Outreach, Climate Data Hub

Gjorgjina Cenikj

Student researcher, Jožef Stefan Institute

Gorjan Popovski

Young Researcher, Jožef Stefan Institute

Sola Shirai

Doctoral Student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Track / Co-organizers

Fabio Mainardi

Senior Data Scientist, Nestle

Barbara Koroušić Seljak

Associate Professor, Jozef Stefan Institute

Tome Eftimov

Jožef Stefan Institute

Mireille Moser

Statistician / Data Scientist, Nestlé

Ugo Gentile

Data Scientist, Nestlé Research

AMLD EPFL 2021 / Tracks & talks

AI & Democracy

Robert West, Roy Gava, Victor Kristof, Steven Eichenberger, Alexandra Siegel, Lucas Leemann, Rayid Ghani, Sophie Achermann, Alexander Immer, Jacques Savoy, Oana Goga, Christine Choirat, Arianna Ornaghi, Irio Musskopf

10:00-18:00 January 25Online

AI & Food and Nutrition

Marcel Salathé, Fabio Mainardi, Tome Eftimov, Sharada Mohanty, Philippe Glénat, Timon Zimmermann, Mireille Moser, Ugo Gentile, Christoph Trattner, Enrico Zio, Yamine Bouzembrak, Christian Nils Schwab, Carrol Plummer, Patrizia Catellani, Matthias Graeber, Lorijn van Rooijen, Kristina Gligorić, Lydia Afman, Nourchene Ben Romdhane, Talia Salzmann, Thomas Chen, Gjorgjina Cenikj, Gorjan Popovski, Sola Shirai

09:00-17:00 March 01Online

Clinical Machine Learning

Marcel Salathé, Bastian Rieck, Matteo Togninalli, Damian Roqueiro, Christian Bock, Daniel Rueckert, Michael Menden, Stephanie Hyland, Steve Jiang, Danielle Belgrave, Julia Vogt, Tobias Gass, Alistair Johnson, Assaf Gottlieb, Finale Doshi-Velez, Bernice Elger, Vanessa Schumacher

09:10-18:00 March 18Online

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