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Working groups are one of the most powerful ways that food system research happens at CIFS. Today’s food system challenges are multidimensional and cannot be solved in the vacuum of a single lab, manufacturing plant, field plot, or office. CIFS working groups provide a forum within which to assemble the best minds and diverse perspectives of University faculty, governments, agencies, and industry to tackle entire issues from all sides. CIFS specializes in finding, promoting, and supporting unique synergies and new, unexpected collaborations in order to develop impactful and long-lasting food systems solutions.

Big Data Working Group

The Big Data Working Group is a group of approximately 25 Cornell University faculty, staff, and students working on and thinking about the application of big data to better understand the food system. Members of the group are experts on data acquisition, processing, and preparation; data analytics; information integration and representation; identifying systems and sub-systems; simulating systems and understanding outcomes; communicating to a broad set of stakeholders through training and education; and developing policy.  This group is quickly building momentum and is poised to deliver several new and unique research initiatives.

Controlled Environment Agriculture

The Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Working Group was formed to address the increasing demands of consumers for fresh, local, and year-round produce. In New York, meeting this demand means incorporating various technologies to extend the growing season. The CEA working group was designed to address this challenge with a multifaceted approach made possible by the diversity of its members.  The team is composed of New York State producers; AgriBusiness professionals; supermarkets; government agencies; financial management companies; and Cornell faculty and staff from the NYS Agriculture Experiment Station; the Charles S. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; the Department of Horticulture; and the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering.