Scientific Committee

Riccardo Accorsi

Riccardo Accorsi

Conference Chairman, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bologna

Researcher and lecturer at the University of Bologna’s Department of Industrial Engineering since 2015, he teaches classes on Industrial Logistics and Production Systems Optimisation. His research fields lie in operations management with particular focus on the food industry. His efforts are for developing decision-support models and tools intended to the design, planning and optimisation of sustainable production and distribution systems for perishable items. Leading member of the Food & Wine Supply Chain Council (FWSCC), he was recipient of the 2018 Sustainability Young Investigator Award for the contribution to the advancement of food supply chain management as an important area in the field of sustainability. He has written numerous applied research papers on food supply chain operations and has been involved in many funded research projects and consulting for industry. So far, he served as Editor for the book Sustainable Food Supply Chains: Planning, Design, and Control through Interdisciplinary Methodologies published by Elsevier, and has been yet guest editor for the journal Sustainability.

Renzo Akkerman

Renzo Akkerman

Operation Research and Logistics, Wageningen University and Research

Renzo Akkerman is Associate Professor in Operations Research and Logistics at Wageningen University. Earlier, he was Professor in Operations Management and Technology at the Technical University of Munich and Associate Professor in Operations Management at the Technical University of Denmark. He graduated from the University of Groningen with a PhD in Operations Management and an MSc in Econometrics and Operations Research. His (often interdisciplinary) research focuses on food supply chain management. Specific topics range from efficient resource (e.g. water) utilization in food processing to the design and planning of food supply chains considering food-specific characteristics (e.g. quality, safety, and sustainability).

Víctor M. Albornoz

Víctor M. Albornoz

Departamento de Industrias, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria

Victor M. Albornoz has a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Since 1999, he is a full-time profesor at the Industrial Engineering Departament of Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile. His research areas are in the field of Operations Research, with special emphasis on optimization under uncertainty and numerical optimization techniques. At present, he is President of the Chilean Institute of Operations Research (ICHIO). More details at: https://www.industrias.usm.cl/academicos/victor-albornoz/

Rajeev Bhat

Rajeev Bhat

Estonian University of Life Sciences

Rajeev Bhat, PhD, is presently working as Professor (ERA Chair in Valortech) at the Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU). He holds an extensive ‘Research and Teaching’ experience of nearly 20 years in the field of agri-food technology, with his research expertise focusing on various issues pertaining to ‘Sustainable Food Production’ and ‘Food Security.’ He holds International work experiences in South-Korea, Malaysia, India, Germany, and in Fiji Islands. He has a scholarly H-index of 40 in Google scholar (with 6798 citations and i10-index of 108) and H-index of 32 in Scopus database. Till date, he has nearly 200 research articles published in ISI based journals, as refereed book chapters, etc. He has edited 4 books and authored 1 book, is in the editorial board of leading international journals, and has been the scientific committee member and invited speaker in various international conferences. He is also a recipient of several prestigious international awards and recognitions conferred by various institutions of higher learning and research establishments.

Marco Bortolini

Marco Bortolini

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bologna

Marco Bortolini is Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering - Bologna University, Italy. His scientific, research and technological transfer activities focus on the study and development of innovative methods and tools for the design, management, optimization and simulation of advanced Industry 4.0 production systems, logistics, supply chain activities and facility service plants from a multi-objective perspective to join technical, economic and sustainability goals.

Ilaria Braschi

Ilaria Braschi

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna

Associate Professor at the Department of Agriculture and Food Sciences (DISTAL) - Università di Bologna and responsible for DISTAL communication sector. Education: MS degree in Industrial Chemistry, 1st Ph.D. in Agricultural Chemistry and 2nd Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences. Teaching: Courses of “Chemistry and Biochemistry of plant nutrition” and “Pollutants in the soil-water-plant system”. For 4 years, visiting professor at Institut Supérieur d'Agriculture (Lille – France) and teacher at the International MS Course of Sustainable Management of Pollution. Research: Main interest about sustainable and low impact decontamination techniques of environmental matrixes as soils, water, sediments, animal wastes and cellulose from organic pollutants, veterinary antibiotics and potentially toxic elements (PTEs). Co-inventor of an international industrial patent developed to remove mineral oil hydrocarbons from cellulose-based food packaging. The patent has been recently selected by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to be presented at Innovagorà (Museo della Scienza Leonardo da Vinci - Milan, 2019).

Chiara Cevoli

Chiara Cevoli

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna

Chiara Cevoli is graduated in Food Science and Technologies and she earned the Ph.D in Agricultural Engineering. Actually she is Researcher in Agricultural Engineering at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (University of Bologna). Her research is focused on the applications of the engineering methods to agricultural and food processes. Specific topics range from numerical simulation in food processing, physical characterization of agricultural and food materials, data analysis by using advanced statistical techniques (e.g. neural networks and multivariate methods). She is involved in many National, European and International research projects, and research collaboration with agri-food companies.

Susan Cholette

Susan Cholette

Department of Decision Sciences, College of Business, San Francisco State University

Susan Cholette is Professor of Decision Sciences in the College of Business at San Francisco State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in operations, supply chain management and project management. She earned her Ph.D. in Operations Research at Stanford University and her BSE in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. Her primary research interests concern supply chain efficiency and sustainability, especially for the food and beverage sectors. In addition to her duties at SF State, she has taught a variety of short courses elsewhere within California, France and Italy, and she is active in the business community, serving as Scholarship Director for Women in Logisitics. She was one of the founders of the Bay Area Green Supply Chain Forum and is on the Board of Directors of PulpWorks, Inc, a startup providing greener and safer alternatives to plastic packaging. In what remains of her spare time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, skiing and travelling. 

Francesca Danesi

Francesca Danesi

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna

Francesca Danesi is a fixed-term, senior assistant professor in Biochemistry at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences of the University of Bologna. Her research activity is focused on different topics in nutritional biochemistry and human nutrition using a multidisciplinary approach, and she published more than forty publications in international, peer-reviewed, journals and books. She was awarded a special mention for scientific merit in 2009 and an early-career researcher award in 2011 by the Italian Society of Human Nutrition, of which is a member of the board since January 2019. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal ‘Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity’ published by Hindawi. She participated in national and international research projects, also acting as principal investigator. She was the coordinator of a three-year project funded under the national program supporting ‘Scientific Independence of young Researchers’ (SIR), which ended on September 2018.

Simon Dunstall

Simon Dunstall

Decision Sciences Program, Data61, CSIRO

Simon Dunstall leads the Decision Sciences program in CSIRO Data61. Data61's mission is to promote a flourishing national ecosystem of researchers, developers and innovators in digital technologies and data-driven businesses. The Decision Sciences program has 100 staff members and a much larger network of collaborators, and has foci including social media analytics, information systems engineering, natural hazard risk modelling, optimisation, and finance and superannuation research. Simon is a researcher in analytics and optimisation. His recent work includes the development of infrastructure network planning systems and the development of methods for quantifying and managing the bushfire-related risks posed by powerlines in Australia. In addition to his role at CSIRO, Simon is the current national president of the Australian Society for Operations Research (ASOR).

Banu Y. Ekren

Banu Y. Ekren

Department of Industrial Engineering, Yasar University

Banu Yetkin Ekren is a full professor in the department of Industrial Engineering, at Yasar University, in Izmir, Turkey. She got her Ph.D., from the University of Louisville, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, in Kentucky, USA. Her research focus is on warehousing, logistics, design and analysis of automated storage systems, stochastic and simulation modelling, supply chain analysis, inventory models, and agent-based simulation modelling. Dr. Ekren holds associate professor position at her university and teaches simulation, stochastic modelling and facility logistics courses at the undergraduate level. She has several peer –reviewed article and book chapter publications in well-known publishing houses (h-index = 20). She acted as PI in some of joint international research projects with UK and Slovenia.

Rodolfo Garcia-Flores

Rodolfo Garcia-Flores

Decision Sciences Program, Data61, CSIRO

Rodolfo García-Flores has over 15 years experience in OR, particularly in mathematical programming, data mining, simulation, and multiagent systems. He joined CSIRO in 2006. As a research scientist, he has participated in different commercial projects, for example, in the development of software for minimisation of waste in dairy production, the design of beef supply chains, maximisation of productivity for a multinational tyre manufacturer, and the analysis of  environmental sensor network data. Before joining CSIRO, he was an associate professor in Mexico and a data analyst for a chemical company in Pudsey, England.

Raymundo "Kike" Forradellas

Raymundo "Kike" Forradellas

Centro de Estudios y Aplicaciones Logisticas

From 1972 to date served at Cuyo University and Universidad National de San Juan as from Assistant Professor to Effective Regular Professor, with activities related to Computer Science and Industrial Engineering in the Bachelor, Master degrees and postgraduate doctoral courses. Director of the Center for Logistics Studies and Applications (CEAL) at the Engineering Faculty of Cuyo University, he also coordinated the Manufacturing Laboratory (FIng-FabLab) in  Mendoza. His research interests belong to the fields of applied computer science to industry, production optimization, operations planning and scheduling with focus on the wine supply chain.

Andrea Gianotti

Andrea Gianotti

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna

Andrea Gianotti (Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences of University of Bologna) has completed his PhD in Food biotechnology. He teaches Food Microbiology and participated to several national and European research projects. He coordinated an EU funded project and participated as a Partner to other ones on functional foods, bioactive compounds, gut microbiota, valorisation of by-products by microorganisms and enzymes. He collaborated with different national and international food and ingredient companies dealing with microbial food safety, health properties of fermented foods and bioactive recovery.

Alejandro F. Mac Cawley

Alejandro F. Mac Cawley

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Alejandro Mac Cawley is associate professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile with a joint appointment in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the School of Engineering of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the Department of Agricultural Economics of the Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Sciences He is an Agronomist from the Pontifical Catholic University, with a PhD from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His work has focused on research related to the optimization of the supply chain in the sectors of wine, fresh products, dairy products and flowers. Conducting a series of consultancies with food producing companies. He was professor of the courses of the agricultural supply chain and Operation Research of agronomy students and is also a professor of Supply Chain Management for the Wine MBA in Bordeaux, France. He has written numerous articles, both in national and international journals and lectures, both in Chile and abroad, on the topics of Food Operations and Logistics.

Riccardo Manzini

Riccardo Manzini

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bologna

Full professor of Industrial Engineering, professor of Logistics and Facility planning at the School of Engineering, Bologna University. The research interests and expertise: design, management, control and optimization of complex production systems. A special focus on storage and warehousing systems, logistics of perishable products, food supply chain, automation of production systems and Industry 4.0, maintenance engineering including predictive maintenance, physical distribution, packaging, environmental sustainability, etc. 

Leorey Marquez

Leorey Marquez

Decision Sciences Program, Data61, CSIRO

Dr. Leorey Marquez is a Senior Research Scientist with the Digital Productivity Flagship at CSIRO, Australia’s federal research agency.  He has specialist expertise in mathematical modelling and land-use transport environment modelling and has developed numbers of software packages for such analysis, for example TOPAZ2000, LAIRDW  and STEAM (Spatial and Transport Emissions Assessment Module). Prior to joining the CSIRO in 1993, he lectured at the Department of Decision Sciences at the University of Hawaii for 6 years.  He received degrees in Statistics and Operations Research from the University of the Philippines and a Ph.D. in Communications and Information Science from the University of Hawaii. His areas of research include land use-transport-environment modelling, network optimisation, expert systems, and object-oriented analysis and design.

Sergio Maturana

Sergio Maturana

Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial y de Sistemas, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Sergio Maturana Valderrama is a full-time professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile where he teaches and researches in the areas of Marketing, Logistics and Management Support Systems. In 2011, Professor Maturana received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Engineering. Professor Maturana has written numerous articles, both in national and international journals. He has also lectured, both in Chile and abroad, on the topics of Marketing, Logistics and Management Support Systems. Professor Maturana has directed two Fondecyt projects and one Fondef project. 

Holger Meinke

Holger Meinke

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

Professor Meinke is the Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), at the University of Tasmania. Professor Meinke is an internationally renowned leader in agriculture and food systems research based at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He has published over 130 papers in disciplinary and transdisciplinary journals and supervises five PhD candidates. He has just been appointed as the new chair of the Independent Science and Development Council of the CGIAR (https://www.cgiar.org/how-we-work/accountability/advisory-bodies/independent-science-development-council-isdc/).

Ricardo Raul Palma

Ricardo Raul Palma

Institute of Industrial Engineering, Universidad National de Cuyo

Dr. Ricardo Palma is current DIrector of the Institute of Industrial Engineering at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. He serves as Full Professor at the National University of Cuyo. Founding Professor of the Doctorate in Industrial Engineering Network (Consortium of National Universities of Formosa, Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán, La Rioja and Cuyo) Professor of the Master in Logistics UNCuyo, UNCuyo MBA Teacher, and Teacher of the Master in Energy (Energy Optimization Course in the Transport and in the Energy Sector companies). He is founding member of the e-Laboratory 4-P Factory and Digital Campus which as draft funded by the United Nations (4-P means fourth parts of the process of Manufacture of regional or local systems, within which logistics has a prominent role) see (https://goo.gl/wGCqks). Since 2012 he has participated in research projects linked to energy optimization and its impact on logistics and Competitiveness of local and regional productive systems. 

Giuseppina Paola Parpinello

Giuseppina Paola Parpinello

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna

Associate Professor in Food Science and Technology, Ph.D. in Microbial Biotechnology, since 2006 she has been teaching ‘Methods for the Analysis of Grape and Wine', ‘Wine tasting’ and “Winemaking techniques” at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Bologna (Italy). Her research was carried out at leading international institutions worldwide including: Biotechnology Research Institute-NRC, (Montreal, Canada), Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California (Davis, USA), Pontificia Catholic University of Chile (Santiago of Chile, Chile) and University of Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand). Her scientific activity is mainly focused on Instrumental and Sensory Analysis, and Beverage Technologies, with attention to the transformation and quality control of products derived from raw materials of the wine sector. She is authors of over 100 scientific papers (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/giusi.parpinello/publications).

Francesco Pilati

Francesco Pilati

Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento

Francesco Pilati is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Trento for the scientific field of Industrial mechanical systems engineering. There he is Lecturer of Industrial Plants course for the undergraduate degree program in Industrial Engineering. His research activity has as leitmotif the development and application of techniques and tools, such as multi-objective optimization and environmental impact assessment, to different relevant areas for the research field of production plants and logistic systems. His research activity enabled the publication of more than 80 scientific papers, most of which in international journals.

Pietro Rocculi

Pietro Rocculi

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna

Pietro Rocculi is Associate Professor in Food Science and Technology at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, and Deputy Director of the Interdepartmental Centre for Agri-Food Industrial Research at the University of Bologna, where he received the Ph.D. in Food Science in 2006. His principal research topics are focused on physical properties and water mobility in food, emerging non-thermal treatments for food formulation, processing and stabilization and the use of modified atmosphere for food processing and packaging. From 2004, he is involved as coordinator and research team member in many national and international research projects, with academic and industrial partners. He is co-author of about 140 scientific publications, 95 in peer reviewed journals and 1 patent. He has attended to many national and international symposia and from 2006 he is teacher of several food science and technology courses.

Santina Romani

Santina Romani

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna

Santina Romani is Associate Professor in Food Science and Technology at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences of the University of Bologna, where she received her Ph.D. in Food Biotechnology in 2002. Her research activity is mainly focused on aspects related to the processing, quality, stability, packaging and shelf life of foods, using an innovative and multidisciplinary approach. From 1995 she is involved, as team member and coordinator, in many national and international research projects and partnership contracts with others universities and food companies. She is author of about 200 scientific papers, more than 90 published in international peer-reviewed journals and 1 patent. From the academic years 2000/01 she is teacher of several food science and technology university courses. From 2018 she is Director of Organisational Unit (UOS) Cesena of the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences. She is member of the Italian Society of Food Science and Technology (SISTAL) and ISEKI Food Association.

Renè Villalobos

Renè Villalobos

Department of Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University

J. Rene Villalobos is an associate professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. His research interests are in the areas of logistics, automated quality systems, manufacturing systems and applied operations research. Sponsors of Villalobos research include the National Science Foundation, Texas Advanced Technology Program, the Arizona Dept. or Transportation, U.S. Army and private industry totaling an excess of $3 million. He was the recipient of the 1993 IIE Doctoral Dissertation Award and a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award  in 1995. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.