Center for Digital Agriculture

March 2019 workshop

Join us for an Illinois faculty and staff workshop that will shape the future of the forthcoming Center for Digital Agriculture at Illinois on March 13 & 14, 2019 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

The Center, which was recently awarded seed funding from the Office of the Provost, The Grainger College of Engineering, and College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, will serve as a catalyst for collaborative research projects across engineering and agricultural disciplines.

Illinois faculty and researchers interested in the development of center initiatives are encouraged to attend. By participating in this workshop, you will be given an opportunity to provide input on a draft white paper, learn about seed funding opportunities that will be made available through the Center this spring, and meet potential project collaborators. Click here to register for this event.

If you’re unable to attend but want to stay up to date with the latest developments and seed funding opportunities, please join our Digital Ag email membership list here.

Find a full agenda below:

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

12:30 – 1:00 PM – Registration and Coffee

1:00 – 1:15 PM – Opening Remarks

  • Scott Wilkin (Executive Director, Center for Digital Agriculture)
  • Dr. Bill Gropp (Director, NCSA)

1:15 – 1:30 PM – Overview and Goals

  • Dr. Matthew Hudson (Co-director, Center for Digital Agriculture

1:30 – 2:15 PM – Invited Talk

  • Dr. Naoki Abe (Senior Manager and Distinguished RSM, IBM)

2:15 – 3:00 PM – Invited Talk

  • Chris Harbourt (CEO, AirScout)

3:00 – 3:15 PM – Break

3:15 – 4:30 PM – White Paper and Theme Areas Discussion

  • Dr. Adam Davis
  • Dr. Matt Hudson
  • Dr. Kaiyu Guan
  • Dr. Andrew Leakey
  • Dr. Liudmila Mainzer

4:30 – 5:00 PM – Seed Funding Presentation

  • Amanda Lombardo (Assistant Director for Research, NCSA)

5:00 – 6:00 PM – Networking reception to meet potential collaborators

Thursday, March 14, 2019

8:30 – 9:00 AM – Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 AM – Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Jennifer Bernhard (Associate Dean for Research, The Grainger College of Engineering)
  • Scott Wilkin (Executive Director, Center for Digital Agriculture)
  • Dr. Vikram Adve (Co-director, Center for Digital Agriculture)

9:15 – 10:00 AM – Invited Talk

  • Dr. Ranveer Chandra (Principal Researcher, Microsoft)

10:00 – 10:30 AM – Break with refreshments

10:30 – 11:50 AM – Lightning Talks

  • Dr. Matt Hudson
  • Dr. Kaiyu Guan
  • Dr. Andrew Leakey
  • Dr. Liudmila Mainzer
  • Dr. Gary Schnitkey
  • Dr. Naira Hovakimyan
  • Rob Kooper
  • Dr. David Bullock
  • Sign up to give a talk by contacting

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM – Closing Remarks

  • Dr. German Bollero (Associate Dean, ACES)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Working Lunch and Seed Funding Discussion


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