October 4, 2019, by Hazel Sayers

AI3SD & IoFT AI Technologies for Allergen Detection and Smart Cleaning

This event is brought to you by the AI3SD (Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Intelligence for Automated Investigations for Scientific Discovery) and the IoFT (Internet of Food things) Networks.

As food allergies and intolerances are on the rise, allergen detection and awareness is becoming more critical than ever at all stages of the food production pipeline; from cleaning the factories and kitchens the food is produced in, to detecting allergens in food, right through to creating allergen free food in the future. Unsurprisingly research has turned to technological solutions to combat this issue. This workshop is centered around the usage of Artificial Intelligence in Allergen Detection and Smart Cleaning within Food Production; research areas that co-align between both AI3SD & IoFT. The workshop will begin with some thought provoking talks to report on the current state of affairs, and consider where we need to be going in the future. There are six main working group topics identified for this workshop, and talks will be given on the different aspects that need to be considered with respect to allergen detection and smart cleaning before we break into the working groups for more formal discussions. There are multiple sessions for the working group discussions, and so there will be opportunities to take part in as many group discussions as you wish. The workshop will be formally recorded and the suggestions for going forward will be captured in a position paper. Lunch will be provided and the workshop will end with networking drinks.


The programme for the day is as follows:

  • 10:00-10:30: Registration & Coffee
  • 10:30-10:45: Welcome from Professor Jeremy Frey & Professor Simon Pearson
  • 10:45-11:15: Smart Cleaning & Robots in Factories – Dr Nicholas Watson
  • 11:15-11:45: Speaker TBC
  • 11:45-12:15: TBC – Professor Jeremy Frey
  • 12:15-1300: Lunch
  • 13:00-13:15: Speaker TBC
  • 13:15-13:30: AI in Allergen Detection – Steve Brewer
  • 13:30-14:30: Working Group Discussions
  • 14:30-14:45: Coffee Break
  • 14:45-15:30: Working Group Discussions
  • 15:30-16:00: Working Groups Report Back, Decide on Next Steps
  • 16:00-17:00: Networking Drinks


  1. Who should attend?
    Anyone with an interest in aspects of the Food Chain & Food Production, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Statistics & Probability, or Data Science. We welcome members from academia, industry and government. We are always looking to grow both our Networks (AI3SD & IoFT) and bring in people with a wealth of experience in the many different subject areas that are needed so that we can form interdisciplinary partnerships and work together to further the field of these technologies in Food and Scientific Discovery.
  2. What will I get out of it?
    You will be able to network with like-minded people who have research interests that complement yours. There will be some keynotes to detail the state of play for the Food Industry with respect to Allergen Detection, and flash talks from each of the working group heads to spark discussion and ideas. There are five main working groups identified for this workshop, so you will have the opportunity to enter whichever discussions group(s) most align with your interests and there will also be opportunities for general networking. Members of the Network Executive Group from both AI3SD & IoFT will also be in attendance so you will be able to find out more about our Networks and the opportunities we have available including funding opportunities and the types of events we will be running (e.g. workshops, conferences and hackathons).
  3. What are the aims of the workshop?
    This workshop is aiming to help the two EPSRC-funded Networks to drive progress in this area and facilitate collaboration by introducing people to make new interdisciplinary partnerships, and to potentially generate new grant applications. We have identified the main topics that require investigation in this area, and are planning to produce a position paper as an output of this workshop, and this will include a list of recommendations of best practices and approaches.
  4. What are the themes of the workshop?

There are six main working groups for this workshop:

  • Data Collection / Data Storage / Data Sharing / Data Privacy
  • Data Decision Making / Data Analytics / Data Visualization
  • Data Responsibility / Approaches / Ethics
  • Hardware Approaches to using IoT to monitor Allergens
  • Cleaning Robots & The Factory
  • Future Production of Allergen Free Foods


Email – info@ai3sd.org
Twitter – @AISciNet
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ai3sd
LinkedIn Interest Group – AI3 Science Network Interest Group

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