In the final module, students will have the opportunity to convert their ideas into reality during a series of hands on experiences that include stimulating workshops carried out in the Officucina, team innovation challenges provided by corporate partners and other events for exchanging and building ideas with the broader community. The team innovation challenges will be the focus of the second semester and every team will have a dedicated design thinking coach who will support each group to select the right tools and methodologies to implement their project.
The Program will provide students with engaging workshops that will foster their entrepreneurial mindset, improve their communication skills and allow them to develop personal skills. The educational format has been advanced by the Institute For The Future (IFTF) from Palo Alto, California and builds on their forecast map, Seeds of Disruption: How Technology is Remaking the Future of Food. IFTF’s foresight training, design thinking, and the Reggio Approach provide participants with a unique opportunity to combine long-term strategic foresight with both theory and learning by doing.
Learning and innovation go hand in hand. Students will be led by a distinguished calibre of international professors who will empower students through an intense and comprehensive academic experience consisting of inspiring lectures, conferences and talks by renowned global opinion leaders, policy makers, inventors, artists and social entrepreneurs at the forefront of food and innovation.
Prof. Fischler’s main area of research focuses on the comparative, social science perspective on food and nutrition, their role and determinants in societies and cultures. Specifically, his work covers the structure and function of cuisines, taste and preferences, body image and their evolution and change over time and space. Subsequently, he has also ventured in the topic of perception of risk, “scares” and crises, on comparative approaches of attitudes toward food and health across cultures; reception and perception of sensitive technologies (including novel foods); and the assessment and measurement of well-being and quality of life in a comparative perspective. on the interface between the biological and social behaviors and practices in eating; the social, symbolic and aesthetic functions of food; risk perception and food crises; the issue of obesity and body image; food behavior disorders (TCA); the uses of new technologies as well as the markers and measures pertaining to quality of life. His current research focuses on a commensality – eating together- its forms and functions, roles in culture and society, its politics as well as its possible impact on public health. The anthropology of commensality ties into the general issue of sharing food at the local and global levels. He has published numerous article an chapters on these issues as well as several books, including L’Homnivore, Du Vin, Manger. Prof. Fischler serves on many Committees and Boards such as the French Agency for Food Safety and the European Food Safety Authority.
Dr. Luigi Rovati received his Electronic Engineering degree in 1989 and PhD in electronic engineering and computer science in 1994 both at the University of Pavia, Italy. From 1995-2001 he was a researcher and Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronics for the Automation at the University of Brescia. He joined the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in 2001, where he presently is Associate Professor of Electronic Instrumentation and Measurement Science. His research activities have been towards the study and the development of low noise, highperformance, innovative instrumentations. Currently his research activity is related to the design of innovative biomedical instrumentation mainly oriented to ophthalmic diagnostic systems. Prof. Rovati has over 30 papers published in international journals, 57 presentations at international conferences with published acts, 5 book chapters and 6 industrial patents. Prof. Rovati was involved in various research projects carried out between academic and industrial partners. He is involved in a direct cooperation between the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and the National Center For Microgravity Research, NASA-JGRC (Cleveland, USA). Moreover, he is an external consultant for the evaluation of funding proposals on research projects for I.N.T.A.S (International Association for the promotion of cooperation with scientists from the independent states of the former Soviet Union)
is a logistics and supply chain management expert with particular interest in food and retail supply chains. In recognition of that expertise, Michael has been a member of the Academic Committee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (Logistics Research Network). He is also the joint Editor-in-Chief of a leading logistics journal (International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications) and he is on the Editorial Board of six other journals. In addition, Michael's work in the field of food supply chain management is highly regarded at an international level and, subsequently, he became a member of the European Technology Platform (Food for Life, European Commission). This is a leading industry-led, public/private partnership supported by the European Commission aiming to unite various stakeholders (food industry, academics, policy makers, etc), to strengthen the European innovation process, to improve knowledge transfer and to stimulate European competitiveness across the food supply chain. Michael's work in retail supply chain management has been recognised internationally too and, in 2013, he became a Member of an Expert Panel for the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) working with leading retailers and other academics on "Retail Innovation". His recent research interests lie in e-business and supply chain management, sustainability and supply chain management and the marketing and supply chain management interface. In 2014, Michael became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Matthew is well versed in biological and health sciences as well as cutting edge information technologies, he guides teams toward the design, build, placement and utilization of knowledge environs that enable end users to make new and insightful discoveries. Discoveries made through next-generation knowledge tools facilitate the creation of novel foods, products, medicines, and lifestyle regimens: personalizable for health and delight; aggregatable for population and market analyses. Matthew has published, presented, and consulted internationally on strategies and conceptual models for enterprise and industrial-scale knowledge infrastructures that leverage semantic integration of data and information. The ag, food, diet, and health knowledge continuum is where is finds most joy.
Dr. Barile’s research program focuses on bovine milk functional glycomics. Her particular research interests are 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. In connection with this aim, her research spans three distinct but intersecting topics: i) analytical discovery of complex carbohydrates by microchip-based Mass Spectrometry, ii) development of efficient separation systems to isolate the identified carbohydrates in foods and food by-products, and iii) elucidation of the specific interaction of the carbohydrates with the human body and demonstrate the health benefits. In addition to her work in the lab, she will access the food-grade pilot-scale filtration equipment in the Milk Process Research Lab (MPRL) to generate new carbohydrate fractions for functional studies to support the translation of these molecules as selective prebiotics. Research in the laboratory also embraces the characterization of glycosylated bioactive components in industrial by-products to enhance commodity agriculture, food processing and develop unique functional ingredients.
Dr. Kalyanam is a professor in the Leavey School of Business Marketing Department, Director of the E-Commerce Initiative, the Retail Management Institute, and Internet Retailing within the Retail Management Institute as well as within the Retail Studies Program at Santa Clara University. Dr. Kalyanam was a visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and teaches in the Stanford MMP executive program. He also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of SpinCircuit Inc, a provider of supply chain integration services to the electronics industry. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Dr. Kalyanam's areas of expertise include Internet Marketing, Customer Centric Retailing, Multi-Channel Marketing and Database Marketing. He has various published works that have been featured in top journals including Harvard Business Review,Marketing Science, The Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Letters, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing and Journal of Interactive Marketing. Dr. Kalyanam is a dynamic speaker and leads executive seminars on Internet Marketing, The Wal*Mart Effect in Retailing and Multi-Channel Marketing. He has trained executives in over 10 countries on Internet and Multi channel marketing and retailing. His clients have included ABN-AMRO (Netherlands), ABP (Netherlands), Acuson, Army and Air force Exchange Service (AAFES), The American Video Duplicators Association, Cisco Systems, CSM (Netherlands), Daehan Oil Corporation (S. Korea), Enabler (Portugal) Gap, Hewlett Packard, Infotech (Mexico), IBM, Overstock.com, Indian School of Business, Siemens, Wipro (India), Thai Management Association & Trimble Navigation. He has co-produced the Internet Retailing Bootcamps with Shop.org and has served as an advisor to the State of Retailing Online (SORO) research study. Dr. Kalyanam advises early stage startups on capturing & winning emerging markets. He has advised or consulted for Comscore Networks, Propel Corporation, Xambala, Kiwi Networks, Symphoniq Corp, and Boorah. He serves as a board advisor and consultant to the Commander of AAFES, a $9B retailer ranking #36 in the Top 100 Retailers.