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Virtual Integrated Real-Time User AnaLytics (VIRTUAL) Tool

Award No.: 
Principal Investigator: 
Tejas Bhatt
PI Organization: 
Institute of Food Technologists
Start Date: 
July, 2014
End Date: 
June, 2016
The current global food system is increasingly complex where it is incredibly difficult to analyze the macro-level effects of micro-level decisions. Realistically, there isn't a mechanism to scientifically and accurately depict the dynamics of the supply chain distribution of a food product for meaningful analysis and evaluation. The primary goal of this project is to create a virtual decision making tool using simulation models to better understand the dynamics of the global food supply. The model will simulate real life food supply chains output of which can be used as inputs into other food defense simulation models. This will be accomplished in 6 phases: 1) stakeholder buy-in and engagement; 2) model development; 3) model rollout; 4) education and training; 5) model enhancements, and 6) publicize and promote. This tool advances the current state of the art by providing a virtual feedback loop to any food defense and traceability model by more accurately depicting the dynamics of real-world supply chains. Final Report Briefing:
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