Consumer protection has the highest priority in the food industry and also in the consumer goods’ industry but faces ever growing technical, organizational, and hence economic challenges.
Highly branched, global value-creating networks with complex material flows are making monitoring the impact of harmful and hazardous contaminants increasingly difficult. Prerequisites for the safety of consumers are rapid responses to prevent the spreading of risks and to identify and eliminate the sources of risks.
The objective of our work is to develop viable concepts for forensic and cognitive diagnostics and sensory systems which, in combination with methods of artificial intelligence in networked systems, are able to test raw materials, products, and foods "from farm to fork" rapidly and at favorable cost for their safety and also their origin, quality, and shelf-life.
Our R&D work puts consumers at the fore and focuses on: