July 11, 2018

Future of data analytics in nutrition

ASN-ASAS Symposium: Future of data analytics in nutrition: Knowledge gaps, data collection and quality, and the role of supporting tools for sustainable development

By:Anne Zinn

The ASN-ASAS Symposium took place on Sunday, July 8 before the official opening ceremony for the ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting. The overall topic of discussion for the full-day session was the future of data analytics in nutrition, including knowledge gaps, data collection and quality, and the role of supporting tools for sustainable development. The session began with an introduction to NANP/NRSP by Merlin Lindemann and to the USDA/NIFA FACT Program by Charlotte Baer. Then Luis Tedeschi, Professor at Texas A&M University, presented on the evaluation of mathematical models for animal nutrition, followed by Jaap van Milgen, INRA, who described user-applications from mechanistic nutritional models. Andrew Moore, CSIRO, then described the impact of climate change on whole farm systems using prediction models, and Lindsey Holmstrom (Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health) presented on the use of computer modeling and visual analytical tools to evaluate disease control strategies. To conclude the day, Charles Nicholson, Associate Professor at Cornell University, described how system dynamics can be applied in animal agriculture, and John Hart presented on innovative ways to see data. The full-day session also included round table discussions to allow opportunity for discussion and strategizing for hot-button issues in data analysis and application.