CardNutri: A Software of Weekly Menus Nutritional Elaboration for Scholar Feeding Applying Evolutionary Computation

Rafaela P.C. Moreira*, Elizabeth F. Wanner, Flávio V.C. Martins, João F.M. Sarubbi

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Abstract

This paper aims to present and evaluate a software that uses an evolutionary strategy to design weekly nutritional menus for School Feeding. The software ensures the nutritional needs of students and also minimizes the total cost of the menu. We based our nutritional needs on the Brazilian National School Feeding Programme (PNAE). This program takes into account: (i) the age of the student; (ii) some preparations issues as color, consistency and, variety; and also (iii) the maximum amount to be paid per meal. Our software generates, in less than five minutes, a set of menus, and the nutritionist can choose the menu that suits his/her best. We evaluate our algorithm using the Weighted-Sum approach, and our results show that the obtained 5-days menus using the proposed methodology not only comply with the restrictions imposed by the authorities but also produce inexpensive and healthy menus. We also appraise the software itself using an opinion pool among nine nutritionists. The professionals considered our software above expectations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplications of Evolutionary Computation - 21st International Conference, EvoApplications 2018, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer
Pages897-913
Number of pages17
Volume10784 LNCS
ISBN (Print)9783319775371
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2018
Event21st International Conference on Applications of Evolutionary Computation, EvoApplications 2018 - parma, Italy
Duration: 4 Apr 20186 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10784 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference21st International Conference on Applications of Evolutionary Computation, EvoApplications 2018
CountryItaly
Cityparma
Period4/04/186/04/18

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Bibliographical note

© 2018 Springer Publishing. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Applications of Evolutionary Computation. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77538-8_59.

Funding: CEFET-MG, CNPq, FAPEMIG and CAPES.

Keywords

  • Evolutionary computation
  • Food technology
  • Menu Planning
  • Public health informatics
  • School feeding

Cite this

Moreira, R. P. C., Wanner, E. F., Martins, F. V. C., & Sarubbi, J. F. M. (2018). CardNutri: A Software of Weekly Menus Nutritional Elaboration for Scholar Feeding Applying Evolutionary Computation. In Applications of Evolutionary Computation - 21st International Conference, EvoApplications 2018, Proceedings (Vol. 10784 LNCS, pp. 897-913). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10784 LNCS). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77538-8_59