University of California

Emerging Technologies: Addressing Grand Challenges in the Produce Industry


Dates: May 23 - 25, 2022 | Location: UC Davis Alumni Center & Virtual via Zoom

Course Information

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.

Participants will learn about emerging technologies, research and development that can revolutionize how fresh produce is harvested, handled, stored, transported and distributed from farm to table, and how to create a produce supply chain that ensures the integrity, safety and nutritional quality that today's consumers demand.

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.


Workshop Registration Information

Title: Administrative Officer
One Shields Avenue
3047 Wickson Hall
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 752-6941

Workshop Topics

  • 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.


Workshop Coordinator


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.


Workshop Content Information

Dr. Irwin Donis-Gonzalez

Title: Assistant Postharvest Systems Engineering Specialist
One Shields Avenue
3024 Bainer Hall
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 752-8986



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