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About the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics; alumni include 11 Nobel Laureates, Academy Award winners, business founders and CEOs and sports stars. Illinois is consistently ranked in the top universities for NSF-funded research, totaling more than $600 million annually.

About the Center for Digital Agriculture
The Center for Digital Agriculture is a multidisciplinary effort at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign between the Grainger College of Engineering, the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications that leverage Illinois’ historic land-grant pillars of agriculture and engineering to shape the future of the agriculture industry. The center brings together researchers, educators, industries, and agricultural producers to innovate technology to transform how we feed and support a growing global population. CDA develops and supports novel experimental research facilities, such as the Illinois Autonomous Farm and the “farm of the future”  where researchers will be able to develop and evaluate novel AI, sensor, data, and computing capabilities that enable small teams of producers to achieve increased yields and profitability with minimal or even positive environmental impact.

The Artificial Intelligence for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management, and Sustainability (AIFARMS) national AI institute is funded by USDA-NIFA. The broad mission of AIFARMS is to develop foundational advances in AI and apply them to ensure that future agriculture is environmentally friendly, sustainable, affordable, and accessible to diverse farming communities. To accomplish this mission, the AIFARMS Institute aims to develop and demonstrate the advances in AI necessary to address major challenges facing world agriculture, by combining basic research, novel experimental facilities, state-of-the-art data analytics, and eventually evaluation in production settings. AIFARMS is primarily hosted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Center for Digital Agriculture and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Team members span the Grainger College of Engineering, the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, Siebel Center for Design, and USDA-ARS. Sub-awardees include Tuskegee University, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and Michigan State University.

The Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS) will generate foundational discoveries through interactive, experimental designs and prototype translational solutions for improved crop performance. Our approach, coupled with the IoLT framework, defines a new transdiscipline—digital biology—with powerful, broad implications for plant science, agriculture, and other domains of the life sciences. CROPPS is NSF STC award led by Cornell University with collaborations from the University of Illinois, and Arizona University,

About Champaign-Urbana
The twin cities of Champaign-Urbana are a micro-urban community that offers serious business, technology and innovation capabilities while maintaining a small-town feel in downstate Illinois. The two downtowns are separated by just a few miles, easy enough to access by bicycle or public transportation and both host highly-rated restaurants, bars and community events, including The Pygmalion Music FestivalEbertfest, the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival, multiple farmers’ markets and much more. C-U was recently rated as the #2 college town in the United States by and regularly rates highly in fun, growing, healthy, and affordable rankings. C-U is also 2-3 hours away from major metropolitan areas—Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis—all easily accessible by car, bus or train.

About inclusive Illinois: One campus, many voices
Inclusive Illinois: one campus, many voices is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected.

Center for Digital Agriculture Code of Conduct
The Center for Digital Agriculture believes that everyone within the CDA community, faculty, staff, and students must have an opportunity to help define, shape, and lead the future of digital agriculture. Because of this, we expect all members to uphold the highest professional standards, including in conduct, ethics and respect. We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or abuse of power. CDA promotes an environment that offers respectful discussion among individuals. In any cross-disciplinary environment, not all viewpoints will align, but we ask that all voices be heard. We believe that hearing and respecting different perspectives is not only ethically required but beneficial to our core mission of interdisciplinary science and education. For this reason, we require members to listen carefully to, support and be respectful to one another in their interactions and discussions, regardless of personal or professional backgrounds.