Future of Computing & Food - 31 May 2018

This one-day satellite event will take place in the Resort Riva del Sole, Castiglione della Pescaia, Grosseto, Italy on Thursday May, 31st, 2018 and is co-located with the International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI) 2018.

The goal of this event is to formulate a Manifesto on the interwoven Future of Computing and Food. This manifesto will get inspiration from the debate raised by different and sometimes antipodal perspectives on food like for instance the ‘infamous’ Manifesto of Futurist Cuisine written by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1909, and the avantgarde’s riposte of the Slow Food Manifesto published by Gambero Rosso on 1987. Our Manifesto will envisage the future of food with the emergence of computing technology that is changing the way we cook, eat, drink and experience food. Moreover, Molecular Gastronomy and Computational Gastronomy are emerging fields of research that enrich the discussion around Computing and Food from an interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder perspective. New data-driven approaches, such as network analysis and data mining, are explored to illustrate for instance the chemical relationships between culinary ingredients across the globe [Ahnert 2013]. Taken together, this event will address pressing questions on the intersection between technology and food, such as: How will we design and innovate considering food/mouth/digesting system as an interface? How will the future computing landscape explore this interaction design?

The human sense of taste and smell have become a target for interaction design and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research [Spence et al. 2017]. While fields such as sensory science, chemistry, biology, and molecular gastronomy have advanced our understanding on sensory perception, the interactive experiences that can be created based on taste and smell remain widely unexplored within HCI [Obrist et al. 2017]. We have only recently started to understand the dimensions and features of taste and smell for multisensory experience design [Obrist et al. 2016]. However, we still lack guidance on which of those dimensions/features are relevant to account for in multisensory interaction and experience design. Hence, in order to inform the design of future gustatory, olfactory, and ultimately multisensory interfaces/interactions we need to establish a more detailed understanding of the design space for taste and smell in relation to technology.

To actively participate in the co-creation of this emerging research challenge we offer:

  • 15th April 2018 – Expression of Interest to participate to m.obrist [at] sussex.ac.uk
  • 30th April 2018 – Expression of Interest to give a 10min Inspiration Talk, please send a max. 400 words Abstract to m.obrist [at] sussex.ac.uk
  • Register for the event (see details here)

We are proud to announce our keynote speakers:

Chef Jozef Youssef, Kitchen Theory Founder & Chef Patron.

Jozef Youssef is the creative force behind Kitchen Theory. His years of experience in London’s most highly acclaimed Michelin star restaurants and hotels coupled with his passion for gastronomy, art and science all led to him establishing Kitchen Theory in 2010. Since then Youssef has published his first book; Molecular Gastronomy at Home, and is currently an associate editor at the International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science. Youssef designs Kitchen Theory’s Gastrophysics Chef’s Table, corporate experiences and product ‘sensplorations’ , by combining his exceptional culinary skills with ongoing research into the scientific field of gastrophysics, carried out in collaboration with Professor Charles Spence, head of Oxford University’s Crossmodal Department. Most recently, Youssef has created the Gastrophysics Chef’s Table, at which he hosts 10 guests, who are set to experience the most multisensory chef’s table in London.

Dr Kirill Veselkov, Waters Lecturer in Data Analytics and Computational Medicine, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, UK and Member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on the Future of Computing

Dr. Veselkov’s research group focuses on developing computational methods that can make a difference in data-driven global health and disease. He has led the development of a series of field-changing data analytics frameworks to augment emerging molecular (“-omics”) profiling technologies into clinical decision support, and population health management. His group expertise combines the use of a diverse range of computational techniques from signal processing, imaging informatics, machine learning, natural language processing and high performance computing for information extraction from heterogeneous biomedical datasets. His translation interests are precision medicine and digital pathology. Dr Veselkov has received a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Scientist Award, and currently serves as an active member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on the Future of Computing.

For more information please get in touch with the organizers:

  • Marianna Obrist, University of Sussex, UK
  • Patrizia Marti, University of Siena, Italy
  • Carlos Velasco, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
  • Yunwen Tu, Food Design, San Francisco, USA
  • Takuji Narumi, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Naja L. Holten Møller, University of Copenhagen, Denmark