FOODSIM 2010, June 24-26, 2010, CIMO Research Centre, Braganca, Portugal, 1st Call for Papers



JUNE 24-26, 2010
Organized by
Sponsored by
Camera Municipal de Braganca


We invite you to participate in the 6th biannual FOODSIM2010, which will be held in Bragança, Portugal, on 24-26 June 2010, organized by the CIMO Research Centre. FOODSIM’2010 will bring together researchers, food experts, and industrial users to present the state-of-art, new research results, and to exchange ideas and experiences
in the modeling and simulation tools for food processing, quality, safety and sustainability. The conference will be entitled as “Simulation applied to food processes, quality, safety, and sustainability”, and specific sessions concerning mathematical modelling and simulation of food processing, quality, safety and sustainability will be organized.

Also, special sessions will be organized in order to discuss: Simulation in Food Engineering and Processing, Simulation in Food Sciences and Biotechnology, Methods and tools applied to Food and Bio-industries, Methods and tools applied to Food Quality and Safety Evaluation, Simulation in Functional Foods, Simulation in Food Production Management, Economics and Traceability, Sustainable Food Production, Innovation in Traditional Food Products.

In addition, participants are encouraged to participate in a COST action proposal, and to define a framework group to establish a network to develop EU FP7 research projects.

Conference Themes

The development and use of model simulation in risk analyses, food safety, fermentation, texture and flavour of food products. How simulation models can help to manufacture a consumer-friendly food product on specs with a shorter time-to-market.; The state-of-the-art in modelling of complex food properties. This translates itself into the use of models in process and plant control. Process control based on a set of product specs by application of neural networks, fuzzy logic, cost models and mechanistic models; traceability and logistics management. These aspects are covered by the following:

Modelling and Simulation in Food Engineering and Processing

The objective of this research track is to assess the state of art of computer modelling and simulation in food processing and engineering. Themes focusing on computer modelling and simulation applications conducted with the objective of improving knowledge and understanding on physical phenomena, developing software sensors and optimising systems, are greatly well-advised to be presented. Therefore, this theme is concerned with different applications, such as:

  • Optimisation of the design of a unit operation or process (including thermal and non-thermal processes)
  • Optimisation of the operating conditions
  • Optimisation of products (formulation)
  • Real time simulation and control
  • Indirect measurement, observation and estimation techniques (software sensors)
  • Estimation of thermophysical properties by inverse techniques
  • Condition based monitoring, Failure analysis


Simulation in Food Sciences and Biotechnology

Computer modelling and simulation methods offer imaginative possibilities for studies in food sciences and biotechnology. Extraction yield or quality of final products, biokinetic studies, molecular investigations, bioprocess control, and risk assessment, beyond other areas, can be improved by using those approaches.
Possible topics to be discussed:

  • Simulation and molecular structure
  • Biomolecular engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Biokinetics modelling
  • Bioprocess control
  • Growth and death modelling

Methods and tools applied to Food and Bio-industries

This theme concerns itself with the methodological aspects of simulation modeling covering Systems analysis, model specification and evaluation, sensitivity analysis, statistical models, metamodels, etc., applied to Food and Bio-industries. Problems of software tools also will be addressed within this theme.
Possible topics to be discussed:

  • Software development
  • User friendly interfacing
  • Web-enabled applications
  • Commercial modeling tools applications
  • Innovation in sensors (including low-cost on-line sensors)
  • Robotic solutions for food
  • Dynamic modeling of food industry systems
  • Model-Driven Architecture approach (MDA)
  • Simplification of complex models (for control or real time simulation)
  • Neural networks (for modelling, control or computing)
  • Fuzzy techniques (for simulation or control)
  • Expert Systems

Methods and tools applied to Food Quality and Safety Evaluation

The objective of this research track is to assess the state of art of computation programs developed to evaluate food quality and safety, in order to assist food companies to achieve the level of product security and customer confidence appropriate to their situation.
Examples of areas of interest to be discussed:

  • Computation tools developed to assure quality solutions in relation to microbiological and chemical contaminants, food additives and processing toxicants;
  • Traceability solutions to food industries;
  • Computation systems applied in food risk assessments (including predictive Microbiology);
  • Real-Time Vision-Based Food Inspection Systems;
  • Image processing and analysis applied to quality inspection and/or safety evaluation;
  • Modelling/Predicting of food shelf-life;
  • Food packaging;
  • Sensory analysis

Simulation in Functional Foods

Functional Foods are known for providing a health benefit beyond basic nutrition. In the last years, consumers are increasingly concerned with their health and wellness, and are demanding food products with associated health benefits. Due to the growing awareness of nutrition's role in maintaining health and preventing diseases, the market for functional foods is expected to grow.
The main objective of this research theme is to cover the aspects related with the issue of bringing functional foods to market.
Examples of areas of interest to be discussed:

  • Designing Functional foods
  • Developing and marketing of functional foods
  • Modeling human gastrointestinal tract
  • Viability analysis of probiotic bacteria
  • Functional food technology

Simulation in Food Production Management, Economics and Traceability

Concerns about food safety and quality gave rise to legislation on the traceability control and labeling of food products. Labeling legislation assures that foods are properly described, in order to give guarantees to consumers and protect food industries. European Union introduced mandatory traceability and relevant labeling (General Food Law 178/2002/EC), thus all food operators must have a traceability system. Special attention must be paid on the traceability of food products with quality labels (Protected Designation of Origin and Protected Geographic Indication) with added market value.
Another aspect to be considered is the fact that, nowadays, firms in the food industry often face short delivery delays mandated by marketing requirements. Food products are frequently perishable and firms in the industry need to react quickly within a flexible organization. Thus, this theme also concerns the variety of research efforts addressing intra-firm and inter-firm economic and management problems across food chains.
Applications in the following subjects are welcome:

  • Production and operation management;
  • Scheduling and logistics problems;
  • Supply chain management;
  • Efficient Consumer Response;
  • Micro economics and industrial models;
  • Quality management;
  • Human resources management;
  • Marketing and strategy;
  • Trade marketing;
  • Sales forecasting;
  • Information systems;
  • Traceability

Sustainable Food Production

Sustainability has become an issue widely debated, being a value which has to be maintained throughout the food supply chain. The objective of this research track is to cover aspects related with the issue of sustainable food production.
Examples of areas of interest to be discussed:

  • Sustainable food production practices/production efficiency
  • Energy sustainability
  • Environmental efficiency
  • Sustainable Impact Assessment (SUIA)
  • Development of intelligent decision support systems
  • Life cycle assessment methodologies and programs
  • Food chain management
  • Food security and sustainability
  • Sustainability and market
  • Sustainability concept seen from the consumer standpoint
  • Integrated farming standards and food eco-labelling

Innovation in Traditional Food Products

In European countries, traditional food products constitute an important element of culture and heritage, simultaneously contributing to the development and sustainability of rural areas. Generally, those products are perceived by consumers as products with regional identity and high sensory quality, consequently attaining higher commercial value. Due to an increased demand for traditional food products, innovative solutions are needed for this specific sector resulting in a great need to carry out research in this field.
Works focusing in all aspects concerned with innovation in traditional food products, namely, innovation on their production, marketing, etc., with priority to computational studies performed with the objective of attaining surplus value are greatly well-advised to be presented.


A workshop is envisaged on Processing of non-Newtonian food fluids
More info to follow


Tutorials can be proposed in the following three categories:
T1- Introductory tutorials
T2- State of the Art Tutorials
T3- Software and Modelware Tutorials
Tutorial proposals should be emailed to before January 20th, 2010


The poster session only features work in progress. Next to the actual poster presentation, these submissions also feature as short papers in the Proceedings.

This session is for students who want to present their work in progress or part of their doctoral thesis as a paper. Student papers are denoted by the fact that only the name of the student appears on the paper as an author. They are published as short papers in the Proceedings.

For demonstrations or video sessions, please contact EUROSIS. Special session will be set up for vendor presentations in coordination with the scientific program. User Group meetings for simulation languages and tools can be organised the day before the conference. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please contact the Conference Chairs. We will be happy to provide a meeting room and other necessary equipment.

There will be a special exhibition section for universities and non-profit organisations, and a special section for publishers and commercial stands.
If you would like to take part in this exhibition please contact EUROSIS for a full price schedule and stand layout.

Deadlines and Requirements
Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent in the period
APRIL 15, 2010
Camera-Ready Copies:
MAY 15, 2010

All EUROSIS Proceedings are indexed by ISI-THOMSON and INSPEC

Special Anniversary Book
To mark the 10 years of FOODSIM, a special book will be published with selected papers from all FOODSIM conferences, including FOODSIM'2010

Selected papers of FOODSIM'2010 will also be submitted to a journal (more info to follow)

Registration Authors EUROSIS Other
Fees Members Participants
before 495 Euro 495 Euro 555 Euro
May 15, 2010
Reg after Pre-
May 15, 2010 registration 535 Euro 595 Euro
Registration fees should preferably be paid in EUROs, but can
also be paid in the equivalent amount of US$.Payment is possible by Creditcard.The registration fee includes one copy of the Conference Proceedings, coffee and tea during the breaks, all lunches, a welcome cocktail, the conference dinner and conference visit.


Author Registration

Authors are expected to register early (at a reduced fee) and to attend the conference at their own expense to present the accepted papers.
Without early registration and payment, the paper will not be published in the Conference Proceedings. Each registration covers one presentation.


FULL PAPER (including abstract, conclusions, diagrams, references, at least five pages, double column)
During review, the submitted full papers can be accepted as a regular 5 page paper. If excellent, full papers can be accepted by the program committee as an extended (8-page) paper. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the International Program Committee.

EXTENDED ABSTRACT (at least five pages, single column)
Participants may also submit a 5 page extended abstract for a regular (5 pages) or short (3 pages) paper or poster, which will be reviewed by the International Program Committee. All accepted papers will be published in the FOODSIM'2010 Conference Proceedings.

SHORT ABSTRACT (at least three pages)
Participants may also submit a 3 page abstract for a short paper or poster, which will be reviewed by the International Program Committee. All accepted papers will be published in the FOODSIM'2010 Conference Proceedings.


Refereeing and Camera-ready papers
The notification of acceptance or rejection, in combination with suggestions to improve the paper, will be sent by APRIL 15, 2010.
Along with the notification of acceptance, an author kit with complete instructions for preparing a camera-ready copy for the Proceedings will be sent to authors of accepted abstracts or drafts. The camera-ready copy of the papers must be in by MAY 15, 2010. In order to guarantee a high-quality conference, the camera-ready papers will be checked as well, to check see the suggestions of the program committee have been incorporated.


The conference itself is held at the CIMO Research Centre in Braganca, Portugal in the beautiful Northern mountainous part of Portugal see some great pictures here:
As the site is in the mountains North of Porto and some 200 km North East of Porto the conference organization will provide a bus service to and from the conference site on the 23rd and 27th to Porto Airport (More information on the website)


More info to follow

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Yes, I intend to attend the 2010 FOODSIM Conference:
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Title of submission
The paper belongs to the following theme (please tick one):
[] Simulation in Food Engineering and Processing
[] Simulation in Food Sciences and Biotechnology
[] Methods and tools applied to Food and Bio-industries
[] Methods & tools in Food Quality & Safety Evaluation
[] Simulation in Functional Foods
[] Food Production Management, Economics and Traceability
[] Sustainable Food Production
[] Innovation in Traditional Food Products
[] Processing of non-Newtonian food fluids
[] Poster Session
[] Student Session
[] Tutorials
[] Exhibition
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