Emerging Technologies: Addressing Grand Challenges in the Produce Industry
Dates: May 23 - 25, 2022
Location: University of California, Davis and Virtually
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The UC Postharvest Technology Center, and The Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, in collaboration with the World Food Center at UC Davis, are hosting a workshop that will bring together academics, extension experts, and industry representatives to discuss and propose solutions to challenges (labor shortages, sustainability needs, consumer demands) facing the produce industry. The purpose is to identify critical needs to address these challenges, and lay out future directions in produce-handling technology.
- Automation and robotics in harvest, postharvest handling, and processing applications.
- Labor, human safety and ergonomics.
- Non-destructive sensors to estimate produce quality, sort by quality, and reduce losses in the supply chain.
- Real-time, in-storage and in-transit monitoring of critical parameters, including temperature, and relative humidity.
- Cyber security and large data applications in the produce supply chain.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches to modeling produce quality, nutritional value, and safety.
Research and extension professionals; technical personnel responsible for quality and safety assurance, research and development in the produce industry; and business and government professionals interested in current advances in produce handling after harvest.
Dr. Donis started working as an Assistant Postharvest Systems Engineering Specialist in Cooperative Extension, in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis in October 12, 2015. At UC Davis he has focused his work in postharvest engineering, handling (storage, drying, etc.), none-invasive assessment, and processing of agricultural commodities with a goal of reducing energy consumption while ensuring food quality and safety. These are critical issues for the fresh market fruit and vegetable, dried fruit, tree nut, and rice industries in California and the World.