Auburn University’s ‘AI-driven Innovations in Agriculture’ conference to feature some of Southeast’s top agricultural experts

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The Agricultural College of the University of Auburn and its land-allocating counterparts in the south-east will jointly hold a conference next month to consider the potential of artificial intelligence, robotics and automation in agriculture.

The conference, entitled “Thinking 2050 in the South East: Innovation in Agriculture Based on Artificial Intelligence,” will be held March 9-11 at the Auburn University Hotel and the Dixon Convention Center with funding from the U.S. National Institute of Nutrition and Agriculture.

“The Envisioning 2050 Conference in the South East: Agricultural Innovation Focused on Artificial Intelligence will bring together scientists, industry and stakeholders to share their experiences and develop a vision for the future,” said Arthur Appel, interim deputy dean for agricultural college studies. . “Conference speakers include AI leaders from IBM, NIVIDIA and John Deere, as well as scholars from across the country. Participants will be able to learn about the depth and breadth of AI in agriculture from experts who make the promise of AI a reality.

According to co-organizer Brandi Ortiz, a professor and Alabama enlargement specialist at the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences in Auburn, the number of speakers to be received is one of the highlights of the conference.

Speakers include Hendrik Haman, Distinguished Research Fellow and Principal Research Fellow on the Future of Climate at IBM Research; Mark Cheney, engineering manager of delivery automation teams at Intelligent Solutions Group at John Deere; Stephen Thomson, head of the national program at the USDA National Institute of Nutrition and Agriculture; and dozens more.

Auburn President-elect Christopher Roberts, now dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, will deliver an introductory speech.

Ortiz said the invited speakers from academia, the federal government and industry will share their work in areas such as crop production, crop and livestock, climate, agricultural expansion, pedagogy, food processing and supply chains, animal husbandry management and more.

“This conference is multi-purpose,” Ortiz said. “The main goal is to share knowledge, experience and resources between universities, stakeholders and industries in South East countries about innovations based on artificial intelligence that can be applied in agriculture.”

This two-and-a-half-day conference will include a combination of invited plenary reports, two-panel sessions and sectional sessions that include invited oral presentations, working sessions, poster sessions and a pre-conference seminar on current and advanced topics. AI-based data analysis .

Co-organizer of the conference and professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida Katie Milliacho said the timing of the conference is perfect.

“This is a good time to hold this conference on AI in agriculture in the South East because of the resources invested in AI, the state of AI innovation in agriculture and the urgent need to adapt agriculture to modern world challenges including work, nutrition, energy and climate, ”she said.

“It brings together expertise from all sectors – industry, academia, government and stakeholders – to focus on agricultural innovation through artificial intelligence, especially for the South East. The format of this conference was created for knowledge sharing as well as for networking and more research for future efforts. Participation in this event will “spark” for further innovation and cooperation among those who have interests in artificial intelligence and agriculture, in different professions and in different disciplines. “

Ortiz said that personal participation will allow to communicate, discuss for future cooperation and exchange first-hand knowledge. For those who are unable to attend in person, a limited virtual option will be available, which will include access to plenary and breakout sessions.

More information and registration information is available on the conference website.

(Written by Kristen Bowman)

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