Speakers and Program

 

Keynote Speakers

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Harold H. Schmitz

Chief Science Officer, Mars, Inc.

A 20-year veteran at Mars, Visiting Professor Harold Schmitz has been chief science officer since 2005. His responsibilities include strategy development, program alignment and quality control of the company’s multidisciplinary scientific research programs. He has previously held various positions within Mars in scientific and regulatory affairs, fundamental research, analytical and applied sciences and corporate functions.

André Laperrière

Executive Director, Secretariat for GODAN--Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition

With an extensive background in data-driven strategy related to agriculture, policy, international economic development, Mr. Laperrière leads the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition initiative that seeks to support global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data available, accessible, and usable for unrestricted use worldwide to solve long-standing global problems related to food.

Daphne Miller

Family Physician and Author, WholeFamilyMD

Practicing family physician, Clinical Professor at UCSF and Lecturer at UC Berkeley, Daphne Miller’s research and writing bridges health care and food production. Her most recent book Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up focuses on the connections between soil health and human health. Her work aims to reduce the health footprint of our current food system.


November 6

What is the internet of food (IoF) and why do we need it?

 

8:00 - 8:45 AM

Registration & Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 AM

Welcome

Matthew Lange

Founder, IC-FOODS

Dr. Lange is well versed in food, biological, and health sciences as well as cutting edge food, beverage, information and education technologies. He guides teams toward design, build, and implementation of knowledge environs enabling end-users to make new and insightful discoveries, create new products, and improve human living conditions.

 
 

9:00 - 9:30 am

Keynote

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Harold H. Schmitz

Chief Science Officer, Mars, Inc.

A 20-year veteran at Mars, Visiting Professor Harold Schmitz has been chief science officer since 2005. His responsibilities include strategy development, program alignment and quality control of the company’s multidisciplinary scientific research programs. He has previously held various positions within Mars in scientific and regulatory affairs, fundamental research, analytical and applied sciences and corporate functions.

 
 

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Session 1: the LANGUAGE of food

How might our everyday language about food become computable ? Can we enable increased transparency, traceability, trust--and effect positive behavior change?

Louis Grivetti
(moderator)

Professor of Nutrition, UC Davis

Professor Grivetti’s research focuses on how, why, and under what conditions human diets change, the mechanisms of change, and the nutritional implications of human behavior.

Karen Watson

Strategic Communications Consultant

As former SVP and Chief Communications Officer for Nielsen, Karen knows how to create demand for health and create desire for change in individuals and populations.

June Jo Lee

Food Enthnographer LLC

June Jo Lee is a food ethnographer and food culture strategist providing strategic consumer insights to large companies. She is also the Co-founder of Readers to Eaters, a children’s book publisher promoting food literacy through good stories and a deep appreciation of food cultures.

Deputy Director, La Cocina

Leticia Landa is passionate about empowering low-income, mostly immigrant entrepreneurs as they begin and grow small food businesses.

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 2: EDUCATION

What are the greatest challenges shared by our food and education system?

Gabriel Youtsey (moderator)

Chief Innovation Officer, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources  

Gabriel is a business and technology leader focused on transformative innovation at the intersection of food, agriculture, environmental sustainability and technology.

Helene Dillard

Dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis

Helene is an accomplished scientist and plant disease expert leading the nation's foremost College of Ag in solving problems related to agriculture, the environment, and the human condition.

Vice President, Agriculture & Natural Resources at University of California

Ms. Humiston brings over 30 years of experience working with and advocating for sustainable agriculture.

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CEO at eXtension

Christine Geith specializes in creating business models for online and blended learning and learning experience design and production.

12:00 - 12:15 PM

Innovation Showcase: extension / eduworks

Christine Geith, PhD

eXtension / eduWorks

eXtension is an interactive learning environment that connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers, delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America.

 
 

12:15 - 1:15 PM

Jeffersonian Lunch

Let's gather with a purpose and create transformative connections over a Jeffersonian-style lunch whose goal is to build community and exchange ideas.

Douglas Gayeton

Chief Meliorist, Lexicon of Sustainability

Lexicon of Sustainability project reinvigorates the climate conversation by providing people with a powerful set of tools that explain the interconnectedness between food, water and energy, and show that by changing these systems (and our use of these resources) we can reverse climate change.

 
 

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Session 3: Law

How can the semantic web of food data affect and inform food policy?

Eugene Sisman (moderator)

Intellect Property Officer, UC Davis

Eugene Sisman is an Intellectual Property Officer with UCD Innovation Access, the technology transfer office for the UCD campus, where he manages inventions mostly in the areas of food and ag. He is an attorney and, prior to coming to UCD, has worked in one capacity or another in pharmaceuticals, cancer research, stem cell therapies, and cardiology, among others.

Allison Korn

Assistant Dean for Experiential Education, University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law

Allison's teaching and scholarship focus on law, policy, and practices that impact vulnerable individuals’ and communities’ access to justice.

Allison Hagey

Attorney, BraunHagey & Borden LLP

Allison Hagey is an executive with extensive track record in developing and executing large-scale projects in the food and agriculture industries. She is a nationally-recognized leader, key note speaker, advocate, and author on food, agriculture, health policy, and equity.

Margot Pollans

Faculty Director, Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative

Margot is the Founder and Director of the Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative, which seeks to expand access to legal services for farmers, food entrpreneurs, and food justice NGOs. Her research focuses on environmental regulation of food production and food systems reform. 

2:15 - 2:30 PM

Break

2:30 - 3:45 PM

Session 4: global STANDARDS

In what ways might the Internet of Food help align international food and agriculture standards?

Christine Kirkpatrick (moderator)

Executive Director, National Data Service, NSF

Christine builds global scale cyber and social infrastructures for finding, reusing,  and publishing data. 

Caterina Caracciolo, PhD

UN FAO

Caterina oversees global classification systems, ontologies, and data about environment, agriculture and biodiversity.

Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)

Valeria oversees the Global Map of  Data Standards about open data and ontologies for GODAN and the FAO

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Suzi develops international infrastructures used by governments and corporations for collection, analysis, visualization and interpretation of genetic knowledge. 

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Innovation Showcase: AgVoice

Bruce Rasa

AgVoice

AgVoice is a mobile voice-interaction service designed for food and agriculture professionals to capture insights on the go.

 
 

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Session 5: interrogating food molecules

How can an Internet of Food enable scientists to share information about food composition? How can we use this information to drive development of new technologies capable of assessing food quality on-site and in real-time?

Michael Wolf (moderater)

Founder, Smart Kitchen Summit

Michael brings the people from the worlds of food, appliances, retail, and tech together to have a conversation about the future.

Shireen Yates

CEO and Co-Founder, Nima

Shireen Yates empowers people to make healthy food choices that are right for them by combining food and technology. At Nima, she is developing products and networks to enable people with food allergies to trust their food.

Anita Oberholster

Extension Specialist in Enology, UC Davis

Anita Oberholster specializes in wine chemistry and the effect of sustainable growing practices and environmental factors. She also focuses on winemaking techniques and has assigned language to molecules, thinking specifically about the mouthfeel wheel.

Daniela Barile

Associate Professor, UC Davis

Daniela Barile’s research focuses on functional glycomics, particularly in combining an understanding of the chemical and biological properties of food components with analytics and engineering to characterize, bioseparate and biointegrate bioactive compounds in foods.

5:00 - 5:15 PM

Innovation showcase: Jaiswal Lab

Pankaj Jaiswal

Jaiswal Lab

Jaiswal Lab captures agricultural data using sensors to provide mechanistic insights into plant development and adaptation in the face of global climate change.

 
 

5:15 - 5:45 PM

Break

5:45 - 7:30 PM

Wine Tasting

We rely on our senses to categorize aspects of our food, such as flavors. How might we use our senses to experience food in a different way? Come join us for a one-of-a-kind sensory evening designed specifically for this conference. This interactive, educational, and entertaining evening will engage your senses. In this tasting, participants will truly be able to let their guard down and learn about aromas, wine, and how wine is so much more than the social beverage we sip at parties or at dinner. This wine tasting is supported by Givaudan.

Henry "Hoby" Wedler, PhD

Co-Founder, Sensepoint Design

Hoby Wedler specializes in sensory design and sensory education to shape the impact of  products, culture, and ideation.

 
 

November 7

What parts of the IoF already exist and who has built it?

 

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 am

Welcome

Tom Tomich

Professor and Director, UC Davis

Tom Tomich has broad interests and experience in agriculture, including agroforestry and other farming systems; economic development strategy and policy; hunger and food policy; and natural resource management (trees, forests, land, water, air).

 
 

8:45 - 9:15 AM

Keynote

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André Laperrière

Executive Director, Secretariat for GODAN--Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition

With an extensive background in data-driven strategy related to agriculture, policy, international economic development, Mr. Laperrière leads the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition initiative that seeks to support global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data available, accessible, and usable for unrestricted use worldwide to solve long-standing global problems related to food.

 
 

9:15 - 10:15 AM

Session 6: Tools for Building the Internet of Food

What are the tools available to build the Internet of Food?

Matthew Lange, PhD (moderator)

Founder, IC-FOODS

Dr. Lange is well versed in food, biological, and health sciences as well as cutting edge food, beverage, information and education technologies. He guides teams toward design, build, and implementation of knowledge environs enabling end-users to make new and insightful discoveries, create new products, and improve human living conditions.

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Medha Devare

Senior Research Fellow & Module Lead, CGIAR Big Data for Agriculture Platform

Medha is deeply involved in agricultural research, bioinformatics, data and knowledge management, and ontology development and semantic web technology. Currently leading CGIAR's Big Data Platform for Agriculture project work.
 

Gabriel Youtsey

Chief Innovation Officer, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources  

Gabriel is a business and technology leader focused on transformative innovation at the intersection of food, agriculture, environmental sustainability and technology.

Clement Jonquet

Assistant Professor, University of Montpellier

Clement Jonquet's research focuses on ontologies, ontology repositories, ontology metadata, semantic data indexing and annotation, semantic Web, text mining, knowledge representation.

Chris Mungall

Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley Labs

Chris Mungall specializes in bioinformatics, genomics, and ontologies. His contribution to the Gene Ontology consortium is impressive and has produced invaluable resources to the biomedical ontology community.

10:15 - 10:30 AM

Innovation showcase: Passio

Fabrizio Milo

Passio

Passio uses Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to create tools for tracking and analyzing foods, and for personalized nutrition, health and performance advice.

 
 

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 7: BLOCKCHAIN FOR FOOD

Blockchain technology can lend its distributed and secure features towards increased trust, transparency, and collaboration in our food system.

Alexa Beaver (moderator)

Digital Innovation Manager, BASF

Alexa is passionate about the use of data, technology, and market-based solutions to catalyze positive environmental and social impact. A chemical engineer by training, her diverse experience spans everything from evaluating sustainable biofuel feedstocks in Argentina to spearheading market development at a blockchain startup.

Marco Vitale

CEO, FoodChain

Marco Vitale is the CEO of FoodChain, a startup that offers blockchain services to agribusinesses for end to end supply chain traceability, certified quality and transparency.

Gurvinder Ahluwalia

CEO, Digital Twin Labs LLC

Former Field CTO for Blockchain-Cloud-IoT-Cognitive at IBM, Gurvinder now participates in forming  new ventures in blockchain, digital tokens, and cryptocurrencies, knitted with IoT, cloud, machine Learning, and artificial intelligence.

CEO, Ripe.io

ripe.io is a blockchain for food implementation leveraging connected technologies such as IOT, cloud, algorithms, machine learning and blockchains to help solve large, global problems around food.

Alex Voto

West Coast Regional Director, ConsenSys

Alex Voto has actively engaged experts and practitioners in the blockchain technology ecosystem, applying foresight and design thinking to anticipate long-term social, economic, and political impact areas. His focus lies at the intersection of economic design, peer-to-peer technology, and social change.

12:00 - 12:15 PM

Innovation Showcase: Ripe.io

Raja Ramachandran

Ripe.io

Ripe.io leverages connected technologies such as IOT, cloud, algorithms, machine learning and blockchains to help solve large, global problems around food.

 
 

12:15 - 1:15 PM

Lunch & Consortium meeting

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Session 8: FLAVOR

What will it take to build computable models of flavor? Can we digitize and reproduce taste and flavor?

 Scott May (moderator)

VP Global Innovation at Givaudan

Scott leads innovation at the  world's largest flavor and fragrance company exploring new opportunities, making innovation a way of life for corporate success.

Founder, Academie voor Gastronomie

 Peter developed a widely adopted theory on flavor classification and wine and food pairing. 

Wellio

Jonathan builds models of taste and flavor for AI systems to enable recipe recommendation and generation systems that can reason over how food actually tastes.

Jason Cohen

Founder & CEO, Analytical Flavor Systems

Jason Cohen's company, Analytical Flavor Systems, helps producers in the food & beverage industry make data-based decisions beginning with taste alone. He combines  using sensory science, analytical chemistry, and data mining to aid in product development.

2:15 - 2:30 PM

Innovation Showcase: Wellio

Tjarko Leifer

Wellio

Wellio uses the latest artificial intelligence technologies and machine learning algorithms to provide evidence based personalized food and diet recommendations.

 
 

2:30 - 3:45 PM

Session 9: Personalized food

How might we leverage the semantic web of food to demystify and simplify personalized diets? 

Michael Rose (moderator)

Partner, Better Food Ventures

Michael Rose has extensive experience working with data systems and analytics. he currently works with companies that harness the power of internet and communications technologies to improve the food and agriculture sectors.

Victor Penev

CEO, Edamam LLC

Victor Penev is a serial entrepreneur with a deep understasnding of ecommerce and the digital world.

Kevin Brown

CEO and Co-Founder, Innit

Kevin is an accomplished entrepreneur and executive, with experience in the networking, storage, cloud and security sectors. He is the CEO and Co-founder of Innit, a platform that combines personalized culinary and nutritional science with cutting edge IT to power the emerging Connected Food ecosystem.

Tjarko Leifer

CEO, Wellio

Wellio uses the latest artificial intelligence technologies and machine learning algorithms to provide evidence based personalized food and diet recommendations.

Fabrizio Milo

CTO, PassioLife

Fabrizio Milo is the CTO of Passio, an artificial intelligence startup creating enterprise tools for food tracking and virtual nutrition advice. Fabrizio  is interested in leveraging deep learning, big data and distributed computing to digitalize nutrition and discover algorithms that allow individuals to select nutrition perfectly tailored to their needs.

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Innovation Showcase: Innit

Kevin Brown

Innit

Innit empowers people through food. The Innit platform combines personalized culinary and nutritional science with cutting edge information technology to power the emerging Connected Food ecosystem.

 
 

4:00 - 4:15 PM

Break

4:15 - 5:15 PM

Session 10: Food Waste

How might the Internet of Food curb food waste?

Ned Spang (moderator) 

Center for Water-Energy Efficiency, UC Davis

Ned specializes in environmental policy, clean energy, water resource management, development economics,
sustainable development, desalination and water reuse.

Kristen Rainey

Global Food Program, Google

Kristen Rainey leads corporate sustainability strategies to reduce food waste, water, and energy in kitchens, with a focus on food waste.

Dana Gunders

Author and Senior Scientist in Food and Agriculture, Natural Resources Defense Council

Dana Gunders is a leading expert on wasted food across the U.S. and a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where she founded and leads NRDC’s work on reducing food waste.

Chris Hunt

Senior Advisor, ReFED: ReThink Food Waste

Chris serves as senior advisor for ReFED (Rethink Food Waste), where he supports the multi-stakeholder collaborative’s efforts to reduce U.S. food waste by providing strategic input on communications, stakeholder engagement, and content development.

5:15 - 6:15 PM

Session 11: FOOD INNOVATION

How can we find new ways to address the world's food issues?

Rusty Schwartz (moderator)

CEO, KitchenTown

Rusty has led a major effort to redefine how food startups and large food companies can benefit from collaborations to accelerate product innovation and commercialization through partnering. 

Soh Kim

Executive Director of Food Design Research, Stanford University

 

Dana Peck

Co-Founder & CEO, Pilot R+D

With a diverse background in business, law, food and retail, Dana focuses on leveraging that expertise to drive food forward.

Matteo Vignoli

Director, Food Innovation Program

Matteo Vignoli is building the future of food through the Design Thinking approach and the world renowned  Reggio Approach in university courses as well as in master programs and business education.

José Francisco Pelaez Peña

Project Manager, Basque Culinary Institute

Jose works with Project Gastronomia, a global network of gastronomic influence that blends disciplines, shares knowledge and cooperates to address one question from several perspectives: How can we create the gastronomy and food system of 2050?

6:15 - 6:45 PM

Break

7:00 PM

Gala Dinner at Russell Ranch


november 8

How shall we proceed to design, assemble, and build the IoF?

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Welcome

8:45 - 9:00 AM

Keynote

Daphne Miller

Family Physician and Author, WholeFamilyMD

Practicing family physician, Clinical Professor at UCSF and Lecturer at UC Berkeley, Daphne Miller’s research and writing bridges health care and food production. Her most recent book Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up focuses on the connections between soil health and human health. Her work aims to reduce the health footprint of our current food system.

 
 

 

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Session 12: SUSTAINABLE SOURCING

The future of our food system depends on the practices implemented today. How might the Internet of Food prevent food waste while ensuring a continuous supply without depleting our valuable resources?

Tom Tomich (moderator)

Professor and Director, UC Davis

Tom Tomich has broad interests and experience in agriculture, including agroforestry and other farming systems; economic development strategy and policy; hunger and food policy; and natural resource management (trees, forests, land, water, air).

Daniel Kurzrock

Co-Founder, ReGrained

Dan Kurzrock is the co-founder and Chief Grain Officer of ReGrained, a sustainable foodtech startup that is closing the loop on grains rescued from beer production through edible upcycling. Dan founded ReGrained out of his hobby for homebrewing beer, where he first discovered that the grain left behind by beer could be given a delicious second life.

Nick Papadopolous

CEO and Co-Founder, CropMobster

CropMobster is a community exchange and instant alert platform helping local communities, farmers and food makers transform potential food waste into nutritional and economic value.

Dan Sonke

Director of Sustainable Agriculture, Campbell Soup Company

Dan Sonke specializes in agricultural sustainability and environmental issues, focusing on how large companies can sustainably source their ingredients.

William Fertman

CEO and Co-founder, The Monger

William Fertman developed a data-driven platform for the specialty food industry, supplying accountable information and transactions for producers, distributors, retailers, food service and consumers.

10:00 - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshops

Workshop 1, Part A: IoF at the intersection of design and policy for food system transformation in the circular economy

Susan Evans

Founder, Innovate2sustainability

Susan Evans is focused on innovations and eco-systems towards holistic sustainability and the next economy.

Nick Holden

Professor, Unievrsity College Dublin

Nicholas Holden specializes in agricultural systems technology and biosystems engineering.

 

Workshop 2 Part A: IoF for Food, Flavor and People Phenotype DevElopment

Matthew Lange

Founder, IC-FOODS

Dr. Lange is well versed in food, biological, and health sciences as well as cutting edge food, beverage, information and education technologies. He guides teams toward design, build, and implementation of knowledge environs enabling end-users to make new and insightful discoveries, create new products, and improve human living conditions.

Chris Mungall

Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley Labs

Chris Mungall specializes in bioinformatics, genomics, and ontologies. His contribution to the Gene Ontology consortium is impressive and has produced invaluable resources to the biomedical ontology community.

Damion Dooley

Scientific Programmer, University of British Columbia

Since 2013, Damion Dooley has been a key part of the Genome Canada funded IRIDA.CA project, with a focus on biomedical ontology development. Two decades of leading the technical side of internet startups have given him in-depth experience in facing the challenges of industry, academic, and public health agency informatics.

Pankaj Jaiswal

Associate Professor, Oregon State University

The Jaiswal Lab trains young scientists and students to cutting-edge technologies in genome sequencing, gene expression, plant development and bioinformatics.

Workshop 3 Part A:  IoF for food expertise, education, and community

Jeff Piestrak

Digital Collections Specialist, Cornell University

Directly involved in frontline ag and food systems work for many years, Jeff Piestrak now supports food systems research, learning and outreach through his informatics work at Cornell University’s Mann Library. He’s also actively engaged with several civil society groups promoting healthy, sustainable and just food systems.

Deema Tamimi

CEO, Giving Garden

 Deema is the CEO of Giving Garden, a startup focused on building local food and gardening communities with the help of technology. She has had a longtime interest in agriculture and food and is thrilled to apply her skills and expertise from the tech sector to building and promoting products, solutions and initiatives aimed at fixing our food system.

Gabe Youtsey

Chief Innovation Officer, Uniersity of California, Davis

Gabe Youtsey is a business and technology leader focused on transformative innovation at the intersection of food, agriculture, environmental sustainability and technology

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Poster Session

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Workshops

Workshop 1, Part B 

Workshop 2, Part B

Workshop 3: Part B

2:00 - 2:30 PM

Break

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Workshops

Workshop C: Cross-Pollination

3:00 - 3:15 PM

Closing comments