Once upon a time, we wondered whether some software system could help us make a yummy meal from the contents of our fridge. Given a restricted set of ingredients, the task was to cook something “that tastes good”. More recently, we wondered whether a system could help us explain our research interests to a broader audience. Given the technological state-of-the-art, the task was to create a problem-solving system. Glue the two together and you get: The Computer Cooking Contest!
The goal of the CCC is attract new people (e.g., students) to work with AI technologies such as case-based reasoning, semantic technologies, search, and information extraction. Cooking is fun, particularly when using a computer to design the menu. And the contest will attract public interest.
Since everybody knows something about cooking, people will be curious about how well a computer can cook. Finally, we have all noticed the public's increasing interest in cooking, motivated by the growing awareness that good food is mandatory for good health.
Program of the 2013 CCC
In addition to presentations made by the contenders, we will listen to an invited talk by Vincent Breslin, co-founder of Siansplan.com and winner of the 2012 CCC who will. Today, Siansplan.com is recognized as one of the top 20 startups in Europe.
Professor Ichiro IDE biography
Professor Ichiro IDE received his Ph.D. in 2000 from The University of Tokyo. He is currently an Associate Professor at Nagoya University and has been working on the analysis, indexing, structuring, and real-world application of various kinds of video data including news, cooking, and sports shows.
He has been organizing the Cooking and Eating Activities (CEA) Workshop series (2009-2012) and is the vice-chair of the IEICE SIG-CEA (Cooking and Eating Activities) which is leading the Computer Cooking community in Japan.
Professor IDE is interested and engaged in both academic and daily cooking activities.
Kevin CAMPHUIS biography
Kevin Camphuis is managing Groupe SEB Atelier Digital. Groupe SEB is the world leader in small domestic appliances, with a presence in more than 100 countries and 200 new products marketed per year. Its R&D team combiantes efficiently 1100 people of various fields (marketing, research, development, anthropology, IT, MtoM, HCI…). Atelier Digital focuses its activity on designing and developing innovative solutions (appliances, web platform, mobile apps) for cook lovers.
What do they say about the CCC ?
"Since being crowned Most Innovative use of Technologies for Home Cooks Sian's Plan has had a whirlwind few months. We've just closed investment of $400,000, are well on the way to building our team and are growing our community every day. The recognition by the CCC was a huge vote of confidence to what we were trying to achieve and has significantly contributed to how much we have achieved since winning."
Vincent Breslin BEng., MSc.
Co-founder, Siansplan.com (Ireland)
Winner of the 2012 CCC (Innovative Use of Digital Technologies for Cooking)
"After winning the CCC award, we were able to invest in a San Marco coffee machine and as a consequence we have multiplied by 100% the productivity of our company »
Co-founder, Chef Jerome (France)
Winner of the 2012 CCC (Advanced Software Technologies for Cooking)