Hunger is a global crisis and impacting the world for a very long time. Significant efforts have been made in the past by various organizations employing various means to address this persisting problem. Despite this, it still remains far from being resolved. Recently, the United Nations has published a report on global hunger, which claims that the global food production is fairly enough to feed the entire world with a population of about 7.3 billion. However, a major quantity of the food grown is not channeled appropriately and effectively to reach the needy and thus gets wasted unfortunately. Therefore, using the advanced computer technologies, we have devised and developed eFeed-Hungers.com that serves as a bridge between the food waste and the hunger with the intent to mitigate the food waste and hunger issues.
Based in Ames Iowa, United States, eFeed-Hungers.com is a research-led not-for-profit ICT (Information and Communications Technology/ Information Sharing) startup (Regd. in State of Iowa, USA with IRS Tax Exemption Status 501(c)(3)). It is an online platform where a Donor (organizations or individual) enters the information of his/her excessive, edible food, particularly the location and the time window of its availability. The needy (also called Consumer) also takes the best advantage of this online platform and finds the available donated food options in real-time in any region of interest. The Consumer can select the region of interest by entering the desired address. Thus, this online platform acts as a bridge between food waste and hunger and intelligently assists the proper channeling of the food waste to the most appropriate people to quell their hunger and saves lives. The eFeed-Hungers.com is specifically designed and developed to encourage the food waste Donors to further deliver it to the most sought people. The eFeed-Hungers.com highly relies on citizen science and seeks strong participation of communities as inclusive efforts.
How system works?
Research. The eFeed-Hungers.com is committed to continuously engage in research and development activities to find new features to help strengthening the operations and outreach activities further. Some early research was recently published in the following articles:
News & Media Coverage (Selected). The published research on eFeed-Hungers got international media attention. Some of them are listed below:
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Johnny Wong, PhD
Adviser Dr. Johnny Wong is a Professor Emeritus of the Computer Science Department at Iowa State University. His research interests include Software Systems & Networking, Security & Medical Informatics. He is also the President/CEO of a startup company EndoMetric Corporation, with products for Medical Informatics. He has served as a member of program committee of various international conferences on software systems and computer networking. He was the program co-Chair of the COMPSAC 2006 and General co-Chair of the COMPSAC 2008 conference, the IEEE Signature Conference on Computer Software and Applications. He was also the Program co-Chair of ICOST 2008 and is currently General co-Chair of SAINT 2012. He has served as external grant reviewers for NSF and journal and conference papers reviewers for various journals and conferences. Dr. Wong advises on research, development and technical aspects of eFeed-Hungers.com.
Udoyara S. Tim, PhD
Adviser Dr. Udoyara S. Tim obtained his PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada in 1987. Presently, he is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. His basic and applied research interests include areas such as the development and application of computer simulation models, decision support systems, knowledge/data mining, virtual reality technology, environmental justice, and GIS-based technologies for watershed assessment, environmental planning, and natural resources management. Dr. Tim advises on research & development and outreach activities of eFeed-Hungers.com.
Diane Den Adel, MS
Adviser Diane Den Adel has extensive managerial experience of over thirty years in Information Technology (IT). She managed several large IT projects, developed complex business applications, and led a diverse team of employees. Diane has a MS degree in Family and Consumer Science and a BBA degree in Management with an emphasis in Management Information Systems from the US universities. She is an adviser to eFeed-Hungers.com and advises on various fronts.
Priyanka Jayashankar, PhD
Adviser Dr. Priyanka Jayashankar is a 2012 Doctor of Business Administration graduate from Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands. Her research expertise lies at the intersection of marketing, agriculture and sustainability. She is an adjunct assistant professor of marketing at the Ivy College of Business and the Seed Science Center at Iowa State University. She is a team member of the NSF-funded AI Institute of Resilient Agriculture. Her research work on food security has been published in leading journals. She has worked on public-private partnerships for food banks as per of her research on social entrepreneurship. She has been a pro-bono consultant for non-profits and has mentored microentrepreneurs. At eFeed-Hungers.com, Dr. Jayashankar serves as an adviser and advises particularly on marketing strategies and R&D activities to expand its sustainability impact.
Sugam Sharma, PhD
Founder/CEO Dr. Sugam Sharma obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Iowa State University, USA in 2013. His research interests include Data, Databases, Data Science, Social & Legal Informatics, and Tech Innovation. He has published several research papers in high impact factor venues and also serves as an editor for numerous reputed journals. Previously, he also has worked as a software consultant at NAVTEQ Traffic Inc., and System Analyst at Ames National Laboratory, USA. Dr. Sharma also holds MS in Computer Science from Jackson State University, USA and BE in Computer Science from Roorkee, India. Lately, His published work on feed hunger got international media attention and he was interviewed by several news and media outlets. Since 2018, Dr. Sharma is the Founder/CEO of eFeed-Hungers.com.
Kihwan Kim, PhD
Director Dr. Kihwan Kim obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Iowa State University, USA, 2009. Since then, he is working as senior system analyst for CSSM at Iowa State University. Dr. Kim serves in board of eFeed-Hungers.com and helps in technical decision making.
Debasis Mandal, PhD
Director Dr. Debasis Mandal is currently working as a Senior Software Engineer at Motional, USA. He graduated from the Iowa State University, USA with a PhD in Computer Science in 2015. His research focus was in the area of Computational complexity. Dr. Mandal holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering degree from the West Bengal University of Technology, India. Dr. Mandal has adequate experience working both in academia and industry and serves in the board of eFeed-Hungers.com, where he helps in strategic and efficient decision making.
Ritu Shandilya, PhD
Research CoFounder Dr. Ritu Shandilya is a 2022 Computer Science PhD graduate from Iowa State University and presently is an Associate Professor of Computer and Data Science at Mount Mercy University. Her research mainly focuses on Machine Learning, Deep Learning, NLP, etc. She has extensive teaching experience in India and US and instructs Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to undergraduate and graduate classes for several years now. Dr. Shandilya also holds BSc (computer applications), Master of Computer Application (MCA) and MTech (computer science) degrees from India. Dr. Shandilya is the Research CoFounder of eFeed-Hungers.com and is involved in eFeed-Hungers research right from its inception.
|The eFeed-Hungers.com is a research-led not-for-profit ICT organization (regd. in Iowa, USA) with IRS tax exemption status 501(c)(3). Please support !!
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