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DTU Vet is part of a new center for Big Data

Monday 02 Nov 15
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by Anette-Bill-Jessen

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There is yet untapped potential in the food sector by combining data in the entire value chain from farm to fork. These are the findings of a new report prepared by DTU, SEGES/Danish Agriculture & Food Council, and DI Digital. The report identifies new opportunities to accelerate the development of the Danish food sector with the help of Big Data.

New DTU centre for Big Data


In brief, Big Data is about using major volumes of varied data to develop algorithms and mathematical models that create pattern recognition in the data to achieve increased insight and ultimately greater value creation. In order to reinforce research and education in the field of Big Data, DTU is now setting up a new centre devoted to Big Data.

"Big Data technology holds great potential for our research and cooperation with both the industry and the authorities. It is a natural supplement to our very strong expertise in register-based research", says Professor and Head of Department of Epidemiology at DTU Vet Nils Toft.

The purpose of the new Big Data Center is to:

• establish a service that can support current and planned Data Science research projects throughout the DTU.
• create and maintain courses in Data Science towards students as well as training activities aimed at the business.
• provide a wide range of Data Science / Big Data services.
• contribute to influence the research agenda and research priorities with a Danish perspective within Big Data, for example, within the EU, including Horizon2020.

About the new report on Big Data in The food industry

The food industry could potentially improve productivity by up to five per cent by using Big Data to optimize production, boost food quality and safety, and improve the health of both people and animals. This is one of the findings of the report on Big Data from farm to fork (Big Data fra jord til bord) recently published by DTU, SEGES/the Danish Agriculture & Food Council, and DI Digital. The purpose of the report is to chart the potential for innovation and growth in the food industry, by utilizing Big Data in a variety of areas, such as the production of pigs, cattle, and poultry.

One of the ideas described in the report centres on developing tools for collecting and applying real-time data that farmers can then use to improve the health and productivity of pig herds, and using sensors to optimize feeding strategies and increase health and animal welfare in herds of cattle.

Big Data increases the competitiveness

The food sector is of great importance for Denmark's national economy, foreign exchange balance and not least employment. According to CEO. Dir. Jan Mousing, SEGES / Agriculture and Food, it is important that the sector maintains and strengthens its international position. Big Data can lift food from efficiency to innovation, becoming a driver of competitiveness.

Niels Axel Nielsen, Senior Vice President at DTU, explains:
“Using Big Data puts us in a position to make a significant contribution to boosting competitiveness and revenue generation in the food industry. Through this sector development project, we have succeeded in identifying ten research and development projects with specific commercial applications for Big Data, and DTU is looking forward to contributing the overarching technical research in this context.”