Fairbrother Lecture - Would you let your phone tell you what to eat?
The Graduate School presents the annual Fairbrother Lecture, named after Jack Fairbrother, who in 1929 became the first student to be awarded a PhD from the University. The Fairbrother Lecture is an annual event at which a current, or recent, Reading doctoral researcher presents their work to a wider audience.
The 2018 lecture will be delivered by Rodrigo Zenun Franco who is undertaking a PhD in Computer Science. Rodrigo will be talking about his research on online personalised nutrition advice. He has developed an app to assess dietary intake and propose valid personalised nutrition advice for adults. This web application has been designed to be simple to use and can be accessed on a range of devices including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Rodrigo hopes that the app will help make personalised nutrition widely available, thereby enabling more people to benefit from tailored diet advice.
The work is supported by the British Nutrition Foundation and the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and Rodrigo’s PhD is supervised by Dr Faustina Hwang (Biomedical Engineering, School of Biological Sciences) and Professor Julie Lovegrove (Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition, School of Chemistry, Food & Pharmacy).
Accompanying the lecture, there will be a display of work by a number of other outstanding doctoral researchers from across the University.