AfoT 2003. II Int. Workshop on Information Technologies and Computing Techniques for the Agrod-Food  (AfoT 2003)

Venue: CIMNE

Location: Barcelona, SPAIN, Spain

Event Date/Time: Nov 27, 2003 End Date/Time: Nov 28, 2003
Early Registration Date: Oct 10, 2003
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 10, 2003
Paper Submission Date: Oct 10, 2003
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Mathematical models combined with appropriate numerical simulations have become indispensable to make accurate predictions in industry applications, but also to optimise and control processes. Moreover current trends are moving towards the combination of Information Technologies with computational techniques.

The main objective of this second edition of the AFoT Workshop is to provide a thorough introduction into the most important issues regarding the use of Information Technologies, Mathematical and Computing techniques in the context of the food sector. Topics of interest include novel IT-related methods and tools (e.g. web-based simulation and decision support systems) plus all the traditional computer simulation techniques (especially regarding distributed process systems), as well as signal processing techniques for advanced sensors.

Agro-food Technology (AfoT) is a thematic area within MACSI-Net, an European Network supported by the Information Society Technologies Programme (IST) of the Fifth Framework Programme of the European Commission. MACSI-Net is an initiative to form an open network for the advancement of Mathematics, Computing and Simulation for industry.

The workshop is one of the activities of the MACSI-Net network to impulse unified mathematical and computing techniques involving food scientists, engineers and industrial people, as well as to encourage new co-operations at international level between companies and research institutions.

The workshop will include a number of invited lectures. Additional oral presentations and posters' sessions will be scheduled after abstracts review process.

Preliminary list of invited lectures (alphabetical order)

Antonio A. Alonso, "Embedding software and hardware for real-time integral control in food processing plants"

Eva Balsa-Canto, "Information technologies: opportunities for the food sector"

Julio R. Banga, "Integrating computational environments for food process engineering"

Pilar Barreiro, "Modelling and experimental validation of the gas distribution in transport and freezing of fruits and vegetables"

Ashim Datta, "Some Unique Challenges and Their Possible Solutions in Computer Aided Food Process Engineering"

Kamyar Haghighi, "Opportunities and computational challenges involved in the applications of nano and micro technologies to food and agro systems"

Brian Hills, "Optimising food quality - the future challenge"

Peter de Jong, "Predictive modelling of food production chains"

Ekkehard Sachs, "Numerical Optimization in Food Processing"

S.K. Sastry, "A Model for Pulsed Electric Field Processing"

Klaus Schittkowski, "Data Fitting in Systems of One-Dimensional Partial Differential Equations Applied To Drying Maltodextrin DE 12 in a Convection Oven"

R. Paul Singh, "Design of a dual package system for strawberries using Computational Fluid Dynamics"

Gerrit van Straten, "Quality-driven process control in food production"

Gilles Trystram, "State of the art of computer based control in the food industries"

Other invited lecturers (to be confirmed) are:
M. Dutko, P. Fryer, T. Jongen, C. de Prada and B. Nicolaï.


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Additional Information

Authors are invited to submit short abstracts through the web site , by July 10th 2003. Abstracts must include the following information: Title of paper in bold face characters. Name/s of the author/s. Name of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed is referred by a star and affiliation; e-mail address and fax number must be included as well. Key-words (between 3 and 6) Short paragraph (20 lines maximum, Times 12 pt) describing the main features of the work. A maximum of five selected references. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee Decisions of acceptance for either oral or poster presentation will be announced by August 20th 2003. Once accepted, authors will prepare an extended abstract (3-4 pages) in TEX, Latex or Word. The first page is reserved for the title of the paper, the authors, affiliation, key words and the Abstract. The Introduction must begin at the top of the second page. The extended abstracts must be submitted before October 10th 2003, so as to be reproduced (as submitted and unchanged) in the Book of Abstracts, which will be distributed to all participants with the aim to provide an overall insight of the presentations. After the workshop, selected contributions could be published as extended chapters in book format, similarly to the book from the first edition of the AFoT workshop.