The 1st sensorFINT International Workshop of the COST Action 19145 “European Network for assuring food integrity using non-destructive spectral sensors” dedicated to “Smart Spectral Sensors for Agri-Food Quality and Process Control”, was hosted by the Faculty of Biotechnology of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, at Porto, on 30th September and 1st October 2021.
The workshop framework was devoted to the increasing need for the food industry to provide information on their products in order to satisfy quality standards and to protect their products from food fraud.
The workshop, the first for the Action was dedicated to a general overview of non destructive spectral sensors situation and challenges applied to the agrifood chain.
Recent developments in technology, and advances in big data analytics, provide the opportunity for step-changes that can transform the role of food integrity assurance from one of just strictly conformance to one that addresses a wide range of business critical concerns, including quality, safety and authenticity solutions. Non-destructive Spectroscopic Sensors (NDSS), enable rapid, non- destructive and environmentally-safe assessment of multiple parameters in a variety of food products.
Most applications of these technologies in the food industry are made at-line. Industry requires them to be deployed in situ and preferably on-line for full process control over the entire food chain.
SensorFINT is a vibrant network, combining experience in research, manufacture, training and technology transfer in relation to NDSS. The Action will operate by developing generic solutions to existing and emerging problems in non-invasive food process control building on “smart food control system” as well as developing a cadre of well-trained young researchers who will convert scientific results into a reality that matches industrial needs.
Food scientists, and engineers staff from industrial companies involved in product development and innovation, control authorities, regulators and risk assessors will find an open forum for sharing ideas and work.
TOPICS
The workshop, the first for this COST Action, was dedicated to a general overview of the current state of non destructive spectral sensors and the opportunities and challenges in their application in the agri-food chain. The workshop will be structured around 3 main areas with dedicated sessions:
1. Smart Sensors in Agri-Food 
  • Transforming agri-food production using spectral smart sensors
  • Smart Sensors for assuring food integrity.
  • NIR Sensors, hyperspectral sensors and other non-destructive spectral sensors.
2.  Challenges in Process Control (PAT) for Food Analysis
  • Spectral sensors fusion.
  • Innovation in labelling using spectral sensors.
  • Chemometrics, new algorithms and artificial intelligence to process spectral data.
3. Sensing to Actuators Data Flow in Industrial Settings  
  • Portable and on-line devices in agri-food.
  • Using of spectral sensors as IoT devices.

PROGRAMME (FINAL)

ONLINE DURING THE WHOLE EVENT: POSTER EXHIBITION & COMPANIES SHOW CASES

30.09.2021
THURSDAY

Carvalho Guerra Auditorium – Central Building

08h00 Check-in
09h00 OPENING SESSION
09h15 Chairs: Jean-Michel Roger (France) & Ivan Štajduhar (Croatia)
KEYNOTE
On-Site Quality Control and Protection against Product Counterfeiting by Handheld Near-Infrared Spectrometers:  Anytime, Anywhere by Anyone
10h00 ORAL PRESENTATION 1 –
Principal Advances in Miniaturized NIR Spectroscopy Including Theoretical Attempts
Christian Huck / University Innsbruck
10h15 ORAL PRESENTATION 2
Near infrared spectral sensors for fraud detection in the almond industry
Irina Torres / University of Córdoba
10h30 ORAL PRESENTATION – 
Portable near-infrared (NIR) spectrometer for prediction of carambola composition
Marcus Vinicius da Silva Ferreira / Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro
10h45 Q&A
11h00 Coffee Break
11h30 Chairs: Anna Sandak (Slovenia)  & Marco Loschi (Switzerland)
ORAL PRESENTATION 3
Inspection of food quality by use of Near-infrared spectroscopy – modeling as an auxiliary or key tool
Jasenka Gajdoš Kljusurić / University of Zagreb
11h45 ORAL PRESENTATION 4
A long and exciting industry-university journey: the case of NIR-on line for the rendering industry
Ana Garrido-Varo / University of Cordoba
12h00 ORAL PRESENTATION 5 –
Towards in-process and on-farm applications of dry-film FTIR spectroscopy
Nils Kristian Afseth / Norwegian Institute of Food
12h15 ORAL PRESENTATION 6
Food quality and safety assessment of spinach plants using a new generation NIR sensors along the food supply chain
Miguel Vega-Castellote / University of Cordoba
12h30 ORAL PRESENTATION 7 –
Can NIR spectroscopy foster olive oil chain sustainability?
Cristina Alamprese / Università degli Studi di Milano
12h45 Q&A
13h00 Lunch
14h00 POSTER SESSION
15h00 Chairs: Lola Pérez-Marín & Tom Fearn
INDUSTRIAL CASES
INTRODUCTION
15h10 INDUSTRY CASE – PerkinElmer
Balancing between robustness and accuracy, challenges and examples for NIR/MIR calibration
MARTIN LAGERHOLM
15h25 INDUSTRY CASE – Bruker Optik
Modern developments of FT-NIR and miniaturized MEMS based systems
ANDREAS NIEMOELLER
15h40 Coffee Break
15h55 INDUSTRY CASE – Barilla
Hazelnut and apple products traceability through Near Infrared spectroscopy approach
MICHELE SUMAN
16h10 INDUSTRY CASE – Aunir
Investigating how wavelength ranges affect calibration performance in portable NIR equipment
ROCIO DONA GARCIA
16H25 INDUSTRY CASE – PortugalFoods
Tech innovation in Portuguese agrifood sector
DEOLINDA SILVA
16h40 DEBATE
Moderator: Manuela Pintado
17h40 Close
19h30 SOCIAL PROGRAMME – Gala Dinner (Sensor Fint2021 shuttle will be available)

01.10.2021
FRIDAY

Carvalho Guerra Auditorium

09h00 Chairs: Paolo Berzhaghi (Italy) & Mecit Oztop (Turkey)
ORAL PRESENTATION 8
A framework for bilinear calibration transfer based on transfer levels
Wouter Saeys / KU Leuven
09h15
ORAL PRESENTATION 9
An objective and easy-to-use NIR-based software for food quality control
Beatriz Carrasco / Chemometric Brain, S.L.
09h30 ORAL PRESENTATION 10 –
Keep it simple, stupid: photonics for industry and research, two worlds apart
Yannick Weesepoel / Wageningen Food Safety Research
09h45 ORAL PRESENTATION 11
Low-cost optical system for milk coagulation monitoring
Nicolò Pricca / Council for agricultural Research and analysis of Agricultural Economy
10h00 ORAL PRESENTATION 12 –
A NMR-based foodomic approach to study Parmigiano Reggiano PDO cheese certification “Prodotto di Montagna Progetto Territorio”
Marina Cocchi / Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
10h15 Q&A
10h30 Coffee Break
11h00 Chairs: Vincent Baeten (Belgium) & Víctor Fernández (Spain)
POSTER SESSION
11h30 ORAL PRESENTATION 13
Process Control in Flavour Generation: NIR as a tool to monitor key odorants formation
Ana Rita Monforte / Universidade Católica Portuguesa 
11h45 ORAL PRESENTATION 14

Optimal instrument design for in-line monitoring of heterogeneous foods by NIR interaction spectroscopy

Jens Petter Wold / Nofima

12h00 ORAL PRESENTATION 15
VIS-NIR hyperspectral imaging to detect internal damage in ‘Rojo Brillante’ persimmon using PCA and PLS-DA
Jose Blasco / Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias
12h15 Q&A
12h30 KEYNOTE –
Line-scan multimodal spectral imaging for food safety and quality applications
MOON KIM
13h15 CLOSING SESSION + POSTER AWARD
13h45 Lunch
15h00 MC MEETING
Arménio Miranda Auditorium – Biotechnology Building
IDEATION CORNER
Carvalho Guerra AuditoriumCOST / Sensor Fint
Lola Pérez-Marín – SensorFint  Action Chair
António Silva Ferreira – SensorFint Local organizer
15h15 
Universidade Católica: multidisciplinarity on campus
João Pinto – Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Porto
15h30 
Upcoming Funding Opportunites
João Cortez – Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Porto
15h45 
Industrial Tool Box
Endress-Hauser | Hammamatsu | Sirocco
16h30 
Present challenges in industry
Deolinda Silva – Portugal Foods
16h45 
Debate
Ana Machado da Silva – SONAE
António Silva Ferreira – SensorFint Local organizer
17h30 SOCIAL PROGRAMME – Sunset
Restaurant – Américo Amorim Building

SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Heinz W. Siesler
Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
alk Title (KEYNOTE SESSION 30.09.2021)
On-Site Quality Control and Protection against Product Counterfeiting by Handheld Near-Infrared Spectrometers:  Anytime, Anywhere by Anyone
Moon Kim
Research Leader/Research Physicist Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Lab.Agricultural Research Service, USDA

Talk title (KEYNOTE SESSION 30.09.2021)
Line-scan multimodal spectral imaging for food safety and quality applications

INDUSTRY

Andreas Niemoeller
Bruker Optik | Applied Spectroscopy, Business Unit Manager – Food Analysis Solutions

Talk Title (30.09.2021)
Modern developments of FT-NIR and miniaturized MEMS based systems

Martin Lagerholm
PerkinElmer | Application Manager at Perten

Talk Title (30.09.2021)
Balancing between robustness and accuracy, challenges and examples for NIR/MIR calibrations

Michele Suman
Barilla | Advanced Research Labs Food Safety & Authenticity Research Manager

alk Title (30.09.2021)
Hazelnut and apple products traceability through Near Infrared spectroscopy approach

Rocio Dona Garcia
Aunir | NIR application Manager, UK

Talk Title (30.09.2021)
Investigating how wavelength ranges affect calibration performance in portable NIR equipment

Deolinda Silva
PortugalFoods

Talk Title (30.09.2021)
Tech innovation in Portuguese agrifood sector

Scientific Committee

Ana GARRIDO Varo | University of Córdoba (Spain), Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry Engineering
Anna SANDAK | University of Primorska (Slovenia), InnoRenew CoE, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Science and Information Technology
Aoife GOWEN | University College Dublin (Ireland), School of Biosystems and Food Engineering
Christian HUCK | University of Innsbruck (Switzerland), Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry
Declan DELANEY | University College Dublin (Ireland), School of Computer Science
Dolores PÉREZ MARÍN | Universidad de Córdoba (Spain), ETSIAM
Ivan STAJDUHAR | University of Rijeka (Croatia), Department of Computer Engineering
Jean-Michel ROGER | French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (France), Department of Ecotechnologies
Maria TARAPOULOUZI | University of Cyprus (Cyprus), Department of Chemistry
Marina COCCHI | Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy), Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences
Paul BRERETON | Queen’s University Belfast (UK), School of Biological Sciences
Szilveszter GERGELY | Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), Department of Applied Biotechnology and Food Science
Tom FEARN | University College London (UK), Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Vincent BAETEN | Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (Belgium), Department of Valorisation of Agricultural Products
Poster Award Committee
Vincent BAETEN | Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (Belgium), Department of Valorisation of Agricultural Products
Wouter SAEYS | KULeuven (Belgium)
Executive Committee
Antonio SILVA FERREIRA | Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal), Faculty of Biotechnology
Dolores PÉREZ MARÍN | Universidad de Córdoba (Spain)
Maria  LOPES CARDOSO, Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Porto
Tom FEARN | University College London (UK), Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Vincent BAETEN | Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (Belgium), Department of Valorisation of Agricultural Products
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