Example TEST entry - Spectroscopy and Food
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
PhotonHub Demo centre
28. 2. 2021
Laser-based Manufacturing
Agro & food

Spectroscopy plays an important role in the screening of food products. This includes the detection of foreign objects, the classification of a product batch based on their quality, the monitoring of the (potential) presence of carcinogenic elements and authenticity tests on liquids in the framework of food fraud.

This one-day hands-on training course provides industry with a detailed overview of how photonics- based food sensors can contribute to the quality control and safety of solid and liquid food products.

In the introduction part, the theoretical aspects of the various physical phenomena that can occur during food screening together with their related measurement setups will be discussed. Different case-studies will be presented illustrating the selection of the appropriate test set-up and data-processing techniques.

The second part of the course will focus on three demonstrators where participants can make hands-on activities.

  1. Understand key features of different spectroscopic techniques used in food research
  2. Evaluate various spectroscopic test set-ups (hands-on activity)
  3. Get familiar with machine learning techniques (hands-on activity)
  4. Understand the photonic product design and manufacturing process
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It is desirable but not essential that course attendees have a basic understanding of photonics. The course is ideally for people from food and agriculture industry that want to explore the possibilities of implementing photonics-based sensors in their specific application.
VUB Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
250 €
including catering and project consumables
9 persons
group of 3 persons per hands-on station