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Aspire Food Group and DarwinAI receive IRCAI award

Aspire is involved in the commercial production and processing of crickets into nutritional ingredients for people, pets, and plants.

January 18, 2022   by CM Staff

LONDON — The International Research Center in Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) has named the solution developed by Aspire Food Group and DarwinAI as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Projects leveraging AI to advance the UN’s sustainability goals.

The IRCAI stated that it issued a call for solutions with global relevance last year. In response, the organization received an overwhelming number of submissions. A list of the top 100 projects was chosen by programme committees and the organization’s editorial board, ten of which were deemed ‘outstanding’ and will be highlighted at the IRACI’s press conference in New York on Feb. 14.

The Aspire / DarwinAI project  was one of two outstanding solutions in North America, the other submitted by NASA, according to IRCAI.

Aspire is involved in the commercial production and processing of crickets into nutritional ingredients for people, pets, and plants. DarwinAI produces visual quality inspection solutions using their proprietary Explainable AI (XAI) technology for a wide range of global industries, including advanced manufacturing and industrial automation.

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The DarwinAI solution combines automated visual inspection and Explainable AI (XAI) with IoT sensor data analysis to optimize yield and provide real-time insights into plant conditions and operations. The technology will debut at the opening of Aspire’s new commercial facility in London, Ontario later this year.

“A growing population and increasing demand for food and material requires sustainable, scalable solutions,” said Mohammed Ashour, CEO, Aspire in a statement.

“We are honored that the IRCAI saw the value in an AI solution which will accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable ingredients and materials through insect technology.”


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