Emerging Technologies: Addressing Grand Challenges in the Produce Industry
The UC Postharvest Technology Center and The Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, in collaboration with the UC Davis World Food Center present "Emerging Technologies: Addressing Grand Challenges in the Produce Industry," May 23-25, 2022.
This 2.5-day hybrid workshop (offered in person and virtually via Zoom) brings together academics, extension experts, and industry representatives to discuss and propose solutions to labor shortages, consumer demands, and other challenges in the produce industry, and map out future directions in produce-handling technology.
Who Should Attend
- Research & extension professionals
- Technical personnel responsible for quality and safety assurance, research & development in the produce industry.
- Government employees or professionals interested in postharvest trends in produce handling.
- Business professionals interested in postharvest trends in produce handling.
- 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.
- Cybersecurity and large-data applications in the produce supply chain.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches to modeling produce quality, nutritional value, and safety.
Dr. Donis-Gonzalez began working as an Assistant Postharvest Systems Engineering Specialist in Cooperative Extension, in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis in 2015. He focuses on postharvest engineering, handling (storage, drying, etc.), non-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 around the world.