CHICAGO – November 16, 2023 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific organization committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system, has launched a new virtual short course designed to help academia, government, and industry professionals harness the boundless potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to innovate and excel through hands-on exercises, personalized use cases, and insights from AI thought-leaders.

Unlocking the Power of Artificial Intelligence in Food” includes four 90-minute online sessions that take place over a two-week period starting December 5 and concluding on December 14. The program will run from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT on December 5, 7, 12, and 14, and will be taught by Tasio co-founders Dray McFarlane and Thomas Altman.

“Artificial intelligence is rapidly growing, and the science of food community should seize the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how AI is impacting and will impact their roles, responsibilities, and the global food supply as a whole,” said IFT Chief Science and Technology Officer Bryan Hitchcock. “AI has the potential to drive efficiency and innovation in daily work, and this virtual course will provide substantial benefits with minimal time and financial commitments that will help empower attendees to hit the ground running in 2024.”

Day one will focus on AI fundamentals, history, and how models work, while day two will focus on hands-on prompt engineering. Day three will include a deeper dive into specific tools and food technology scenarios, while day four will conclude with continued exploration of food technology scenarios and philosophical discussions around AI.

Specific topics include how advanced applications like ChatGPT work, prompt engineering to apply generative AI models, IP Protection, and purpose-built applications where attendees can experience real-world AI use cases across food safety, product development, supply chain traceability, and other critical industry applications.

Learn more or register for the virtual course.

About Institute of Food Technologists

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a global organization of approximately 12,000 individual members from more than 100 countries committed to advancing the science of food. Since 1939, IFT has brought together the brightest minds in food science, technology and related professions from academia, government, and industry to solve the world’s greatest food challenges. IFT works to ensure that its members have the resources they need to learn, grow, and advance the science of food as the population and the world evolve. IFT believes that science is essential to ensuring a global food supply that is sustainable, safe, nutritious, and accessible to all. For more information, please visit ift.org.

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