INTELWINES, finalist of the PTV Innovation Award 2022
The project "INTELWINES - Development and Implementation of new Artificial Intelligence techniques in the production process of a winery to support decision-making and improve food safety" has been selected as a finalist in the category Individual R&D&I Project of the PTV Innovation Award 2022.
On December 14, the wine sector will gather at the CaixaForum Madrid for the IV edition of these awards. This is the highest recognition that the PTV - Wine Technology Platform gives to the R&D&I initiatives of its associates, through five prizes awarded in four categories: Young Researcher Award, R&D&I Project -Individual and Consortium-, R&D&I Management and Honorary Award. In the case of Intelwines, the Pago de Carraovejas winery will be eligible for this award for the project developed within the scope of the Digital Innovation Hub in collaboration with the BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca, both members of the IoT DIH.
INTELWINES is an R&D project whose overall objective is to investigate new techniques for precision viticulture and food safety. To this end, hybrid algorithms of artificial intelligence and Deep Reinforcement Learning have been incorporated, capable of homogenizing the processes and transferring the knowledge of the experts to a system that guarantees the quality and healthiness of the wine that reaches the consumer. To achieve progress in precision viticulture techniques, strategic intelligent irrigation systems have been developed. With respect to the improvement of food safety techniques, an innovative monitoring system has been implemented to model the level of sulfur in wines and follow its evolution (up to the bottle) to predict the degree of combination throughout the process (up to consumption).
Both Pago de Carraovejas and the IoT DIH coordinator, the AIR Institute, belong to the Wine Technology Platform, an initiative that seeks to promote and establish a common R&D&I strategy for the wine sector in Spain, since, despite being the first country in terms of vineyard surface area, the third in terms of production and one of the five main exporters worldwide, the sector is still poorly structured and, often, resources are invested in innovation in a non-optimised way.