2021 CIDA Symposium_"Smarter Food Safety through Data Sharing Among Food Businesses"
From Gabriela Cestero
2021 Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA) Symposium
Session 4: Smarter Food Safety through Data Sharing Among Food Businesses
October 11, 2021, 2:50pm-4:20pm
Digital tools have a tremendous potential for enhancing food safety. However, a key obstacle to a digitally enabled “smarter food safety” approach is a tension between the data utility and privacy and the resulting reluctance to share data. This session will discuss digital and smarter food safety through data sharing that maximizes the data utility but also protects privacy. The focus is on data sharing among food processing businesses, although concepts are applicable to other sectors in the food and other industries.
Associate Professor, Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University
Dr. Renata Ivanek is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. The overarching goal of her research is to advance One Health -- the interconnected health of people, animals, plants and their shared environment. Her computer lab develops new and sustainable data- and model-driven approaches for improving food safety, controlling infectious diseases, and optimizing food production systems.
Professor, Food Science, Cornell University
In his presentation, Martin will provide an overview of food safety challenges and discuss how modelling and digital food safety decision support tools can provide for more efficient approaches to assure food safety from farm to table.
Martin is the Gellert Family Professor of Food Safety in Food Science at Cornell University. His research interests focus on farm-to-table microbial food quality and food safety and the application of molecular and digital tools to study the transmission of foodborne pathogens and spoilage organisms, including translation of the associated research findings into reducing foodborne illnesses and food spoilage.
Managing Director for Research for Industry/ CTO of Agri-Food, Microsoft
Ranveer will discuss privacy, and how we can protect data at rest, in transit, and in use, using some of the technologies – some in research, and some in product.
Ranveer Chandra is the CTO of Agri-Food at Microsoft. He also leads research & innovation across different industry verticals at Microsoft, including Retail, FSI, Energy, and others. He started the FarmBeats project in 2015, which shipped as a Microsoft product in 2019.
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University
This talk focuses on statistical inference and learning algorithms for pathogen detection with limited samples. It will also explore distributed learning across facilities to leverage data sharing for improved learning efficiency.
Qing Zhao is the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering at Cornell University. She is a Fellow of IEEE, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow of the European Union research and innovation program, and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Her research interests include machine learning, statistical inference, and stochastic optimization.
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University
While data sharing promises several benefits in food safety, concerns of data leaks can often be a deterrent for the organizations. We will discuss the role of differential privacy as a potential solution to this problem.
Jayadev Acharya is Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focuses on information theory, algorithmic statistics, and machine learning. Of particular interest is understanding the trade-offs between resources (e.g., data, memory, time, etc) for problems in statistical learning.
Thought for food…
Our global agriculture and food systems require a radical transformation relying on expertise in multiple areas and research collaborations across disciplines that include agriculture, food safety, engineering, information and computer science, biology, business and the social sciences.
More than 100 faculty from across Cornell’s colleges – Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, Computing and Information Science, Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Business – have come together to develop a robust research agenda for CIDA, weaving unmatched excellence into holistic solutions for food and agriculture. CIDA’s mission is to inspire learning, catalyze innovation, and integrate fundamental discoveries to achieve new levels of sustainability in agri-food systems and new food for thought.