Digital Food Quality (short named DigiFoods) is a centre for research-based innovation (SFI) with the purpose of developing smart sensor solutions for food quality assessment directly in the processing lines, throughout the food value chains.

The obtained food quality information will be used for optimization of both processes and value chains and make the food industry more efficient and sustainable.

The DigiFoods leader group, from left Pål From, Jens Petter Wold, Nils Kristian Afseth, Kristian Liland, Ingrid Måge og Marion O’Farrel. Photo/cc: Wenche Aale Hægermark/Nofima


The goal of SFI Digital Food Quality (DigiFoods) is to develop smart, sensor-driven solutions that deliver the essential food quality information required for successful process optimisation and digitalization of the food industry.

Food processes are extremely complex and challenging to measure due to the inherent high level of biological variation in raw materials. The development of advanced solutions that are built on a fundamental understanding of food science, will allow the food industry to effectively measure and handle these variations, enabling a ground-breaking digital transformation of the industry.

The primary objective is to develop digital solutions for food quality assessment as cutting edge technological basis for optimal food value chains.

Seven Secondary objectives:

  1. Develop novel in-line sensor systems and applications for measuring critical food quality
  2. Develop automation and robotic solutions for enhanced sensor operations in process and in
  3. Develop solutions and strategies for successful sensor implementation in the food
  4. Develop data-driven strategies for process, product and value chain optimisation based on extensive food quality
  5. Build and transfer competence in industry and academia and educate master students, 9 PhDs and 3 post docs.
  6. Foster innovations, patents and spin out companies by the project partners from food industry, technology and
  7. Disseminate knowledge to the industrial sector, the research community, and to the general

DigiFoods will radically change food production by enabling optimisation, control and differentiation based on measurements of food quality. The results will lead to a more efficient and sustainable food industry, internationally competitive Norwegian technology companies, and enhanced knowledge transfer and researcher training. The DigiFoods objectives range from fundamental technology knowledge to practical industry and market implementations, which are equally important for achieving successful innovations. We aspire to bridge the gap between research and industry by building a strong, business-oriented research network of innovation-oriented companies, and national and international R&D institutions. These expected impacts are in line with the centre goals and the overall objectives for the SFI scheme.

The people

Leader group

  • Centre Director DigiFoods SFI: Dr. Jens Petter Wold, Nofima,
    Phone: +47 959 79 749, 
  • Leader Pillar 1: Novel sensor systems and application development,
    Dr. Marion O’Farrel, SINTEF,
    Phone: +47 920 27 654, Marion.Ofarrell@sintef.no
  • Leader Pillar 2: Robot and sensor integration, Dr. Pål Johan From, NMBU/Sage Robotics,
    Phone: +47 906 90 932, 
  • Leader Pillar 3: Integrated in-line sensing solutions, Dr. Nils Kristian Afseth, Nofima,
    Phone: +47 958 40 641, 
  • Leader Pillar 4: Utilization of large-scale quality assessments, Dr. Ingrid Måge, Nofima,
    Phone: +47 900 84 041, 
  • Leader Training and Reqruitment, Dr. Kristian Hovde Liland, NMBU,
    Phone: +47 67 23 16 24, 


  • Chair of the DigiFoods Board: Anne-Cathrine Whist, Tine,
  • Mari-Ann Akerjord, Prediktor
  • Odd Arne Kristengård, Maritech
  • Julie Steffensen, Lerøy
  • Mats Carlin, SINTEF
  • Anne-Cathrine Gjærde, NMBU
  • Eva Veiseth-Kent, Nofima


  • Wenche Aale Hægermark, Nofima, DigiFoods Communication leader,
    Phone: +47 64 97 02 06, 
  • Stine Thøring Juul-Dam, Nofima, Centre Coordinator,
    Phone: +47 932 06 474,
  • Anne Risbråthe, Nofima, DigiFoods controller,
    Phone: +47 64 97 03 26, 
  • Ingrid Aaarskog, Nofima, Intranet responsible,
    Phone: +47 64 97 02 87,

Contact person

Jens Petter Wold

Senior Scientist