Analyzing Wine: Man vs. Machine

It appears that European students have gotten a little jump on Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation CSIRO, who have also been working on a virtual nose to identify specifics in wine; region, varietal, age, flavors, and even price. About 50 students from 7 universities in Europe competed in the FOSS challenge, a competition to reprogram the FOSS winescan analyzer, normally used during winemaking, to provide details about any wine. The winning team comprised of Kim Houng Ngo and Martin Andersen from Aalborg University, Denmark, put the product up against a team of wine experts and came up with almost identical results regarding the region, quality, and price level. The experts came closer on price, but the students produced results much faster.

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