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Smart drying: use of sensors and machine learning for the supervision and control of drying processes

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Roberto, Moscetti and Riccardo, Massantini (2017) Smart drying: use of sensors and machine learning for the supervision and control of drying processes. Workshop at: SECOND NORDIC BALTIC DRYING CONFERENCE, Hamburg, Germany, June 7 to 9, 2017.

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Globalization of market entails the availability of produces regardless their production date, pursued through innovation in products and processes to obtain meat, fish and fruit vegetables with improved shelf-life, organoleptic quality, nutritional value, safety and healthiness during the whole agrofood chain. Consequently, market value of perishable commodity mainly depends on the preservation method used to guarantee food stability and thus to delay physicochemical, biochemical and microbiological spoilage. Among processing methods, drying is one of the oldest, typical, effective and viable preservation process throughout the world, which allow to prevent food spoilage and decay through moisture removal. It is a relatively complex, dynamic, unsteady and nonlinear process that, when not optimized, may be responsible for (1) quality degradation of food and (2) energy wastage. Consequently, new drying technologies must be designed to assure valuable products at the lowest carbon footprint. Among emerging drying technologies, smart drying is one of the newest and promising ones. It has potential to guarantee high-value end products, while enhancing drying efficiency, by implementing innovative and reliable sensors, resources, tools and practices. Moreover, smart drying can be cost-effective in both real-time monitoring of foodstuffs quality and dynamic controlling of operating conditions along the whole drying process. Smart drying is a multi- and inter-disciplinary sector and its recent developments embrace the following R&D areas: artificial intelligence, biomimetic, computer vision, microwave/dielectric spectroscopy, visible and near-infrared spectroscopy, hyper/multispectral imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound imaging, electrostatic sensing and control system for the drying environment.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Workshop
Keywords:chemometrics, artificial intelligence, deep learning
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Food systems
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Plus > SusOrganic
Italy > Univ. Tuscia
Deposited By: Moscetti, Ass. Prof. Roberto
ID Code:34390
Deposited On:06 Feb 2019 09:21
Last Modified:06 Feb 2019 09:21
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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