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IDSIA joins VIRTUOUS project to create an artificial tongue
13 April 2021
Dario Piga, Senior Researcher at IDSIA USI-SUPSI, was interviewed by the magazine Oggi Scienza on Marie Curie VIRTUOUS, a project to create an artificial tongue to predict the organoleptic properties of foods by analysing their molecular composition.

VIRTUOUS, Virtual tongue to predict the organoleptic profile of Mediterranean ingredients, is a project involving Italian, Swiss, Greek and Spanish researchers with the aim of creating an "artificial tongue" capable of predicting the organoleptic properties of a food starting from its chemical composition or colour.

"On the one hand, we want to understand what a wine or an oil tastes like from its chemical and molecular composition. On the other hand, we want to provide indications for designing new good and healthy foods that can be used in personalised diets," explains Dario Piga, Senior Researcher at the Dalle Molle Institute for artificial intelligence (IDSIA USI-SUPSI).

Not only can VIRTUOUS predict the taste of existing foods and beverages and produce new ones, but it can also be used in the agri-food industry for quality control or combating counterfeiting, as well as in checking how food is transported and stored.

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