Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Shivakant Mishra

Second Advisor

Rhonda Hoenigman

Third Advisor

Qin Lv

Abstract

Food waste is a major problem for the human race, particularly in "rich" industrial countries.

We propose a creative, partial solution to this problem through the development of an online marketplace for left-over food and a physical infrastructure to secure the food throughout each transaction.

The software platform will consist of three separate portions: a mobile food consumer application, a mobile food provider application, and a web food provider application. Restaurants and other licensed food distributors can utilize the food provider applications to broadcast available left-over meals, which can be purchased at a discounted price. The hardware infrastructure will be composed of "food lockers," refrigerated units that automatically dispense food to consumers.

As this vision is ambitious, the goal of my thesis was to develop the software platform and a small prototype with two individual lockers to demonstrate the functionality of the entire system. An experiment was constructed to validate the correctness of multiple, synchronous calls to consumer/provider functions. Results indicate that this system is near ready for small scale deployment.

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