Track 09

Mechanics for food and plant sciences

Food and plants are parts of our daily life. The fundamental understanding of mechanics for food and plant sciences will help to improve food texture and taste, adapt shaping food to save food waste, develop innovative agri-food technologies, design healthy food, and design foods with novel biosensing and new ingredient from plants. This symposium aims to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the experiments and modeling of the multiscale and multiphase structure-property relationships in foods and plants and the novel design, manufacturing, and sensing of food. This symposium will not be limited to characterization and modeling of the existing natural and processed food but will also cover new ideas of food design by harnessing the recent development of active and intelligent materials and structures. Besides food mechanics, studies on plant mechanics are also welcomed, such as understanding the signal transductions and geometry for plant development and defense, which can lead to innovative technologies’ development in generating high-value and disease-resistant Agri-food products. The mechanics for food and plant science is an emerging and highly interdisciplinary field, we invite researchers in fundamental research and practical applications to attend this conference, at which we aim to initiate new research directions and foster new collaborations to this exciting field.

  • Experimental characterization of the complex mechanical behaviors of food and plants;
  • Modeling and simulations of the nonlinear behaviors of food and plants;
  • Multi-scale and multi-physics mechanics for food and plants;
  • Mechanics of food with implications for texture and taste;
  • Data-driven analysis of mechanics for food and plants;
  • Optimization and design of food;
  • Biosensing for food safety;
  • Mechanical signaling in plant development and disease resistance.

~ Speakers’ list forthcoming ~

Track Chairs

Teng Zhang
Syracuse University, USA

Yansong Miao
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Elke Scholten
Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Chuanlai Xu
Jiangnan University, China


Teng Zhang
Syracuse University, USA