Invited Talk

Amelie Cordier

Speaker: Dr. Amélie Cordier (LIRIS, CNRS, FR)

Title: Cooking with Computers, a winning recipe!


In our daily lives, cooking becomes more and more important. In many countries, you just have to switch television on to see the proliferation of cooking shows of all kinds: live cooking classes, cooking at home challenges, cooking contests (for everyone or for professionals), short recipes demos, etc. This witnesses two emergent phenomena: cooking gains a growing interest as a leisure, and people gain awareness of the role of food in our daily lives as well as the many reasons why should "eat well".

In academic research, this trend is also observed, and many funding are related to well-being, health, nutrition, and other issues related to food. In many research fields, cooking is present: smart cooking appliances, cooking robots, vision techniques to recognize ingredients, and so on. In the areas of Web and artificial intelligence, the challenges are also numerous. How to represent recipes? How to adapt recipes to meet the needs of users? How to take into account the social aspects of cooking? Can we create social recipes books?

In this presentation we will provide an overview of the challenges that cooking raises for computer science and information technology. We start by introducing the Taaable project, a website that makes use of case-based reasoning to adapt recipes. From that presentation, we draw a lessons learned while working on this project. Then we expand the scope of our study to other projects and initiatives combining computer and cooking. We adopt different points of view in that study, depending on the projects and their goals. We focus on the many issues addressed by these initia- tives, such as representation of cooking recipes, suggestions, recommendations, dietary practices, personalization, social side, creativity, etc. Finally, we will review the prospects for research in this field and discuss current initiatives.


Amélie Cordier is an associate professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Lyon and in the LIRIS research laboratory. She received her PhD from that same University in 2008. Her main research field is dynamic knowledge engineering and her research interests cover: case-based reasoning, trace-based reasoning, autonomous agents, and artificial intelligence for cooking. She was in charge of the Taaable project in 2008 and 2009. Her computer and cooking activities include the organization of the Computer Cooking Contest in 2010 and 2011, held in conjunction with ICCBR. She also co-chaired the Cooking with Computers workshop in 2012 and 2013, held in conjunction with ECAI and IJCAI respectively.

Her publications within the computer and cooking field include: [1], [2], and [3].


[1] Amélie Cordier, Valmi Dufour-Lussier, Jean Lieber, Emmanuel Nauer, Fadi Badra, Julien Cojan, Emmanuelle Gaillard, Laura Infante-Blanco, Pascal Molli, Amedeo Napoli and Hala Skaf-Molli. Successful Case-based Reasoning Applications - 2, chapter Taaable: A Case-Based System for Personalized Cooking. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2014.
[2] F. Badra, R. Bendaoud, R. Bentebitel, P.-A. Champin, J. Cojan, A. Cordier, S. Despres, S. Jean-Daubias, J. Lieber, T. Meilender, A. Mille, E. Nauer, A. Napoli, and Y. Toussaint. Taaable: Text Mining, Ontology Engineering, and Hierarchical Classification for Textual Case-Based Cooking. In M. Schaaf, editor, Computer Cooking Contest - Workshop at European Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ECCBR'08), pages 219{228, Sept. 2008.
[3] F. Badra, J. Cojan, A. Cordier, J. Lieber, T. Meilender, A. Mille, P. Molli, E. Nauer, A. Napoli, H. Skaf-Molli, and Y. Toussaint. Knowledge Acquisition and Discovery for the Textual Case-Based Cooking system WikiTaaable. In M. M. et al., editor, Computer Cooking Contest Workshop at the 8th International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, ICCBR'09, July 2009.