Fragile Earth:

Data Science for Intelligent Food, Energy, and Water (DSIFEr)

August 14th, 2017


08:00-08:15 Welcome & Introduction

08:15-09:00 Keynote: Malcolm Campbell (VP of Research, Univ. of Guelph)

09:00-10:00 Presentations 1: Energy & Water

09:00-09:20 G. Zheng et al, “Assessing environmental impacts of Shale-gas development”

09:20-09:40 H. Wang et al, “A smart water management framework based on Big Data and IoT”

09:40-10:00 J. Costa, et al “Data analytics in aquaculture”

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-10:45 Invited Talk: Melissa Cragin (Midwest Big Data Hub)

10:45-12:00 Presentations 2: Food

10:45-11:04 Denton, et al, “Window-based fractal dimension as geospatial data type”

11:04-11:23 M. Yu, et al, “Multi-task learning using task clustering with applications to predictive modeling and GWAS of plant varieties”

11:23-11:41 A. Goun, “Structural optimization of multi-chromophore fluorescence detection experiments”

11:41-12:00 J. Harris, “A machine learning approach to forecasting consumer food prices”

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:40 Keynote: Dan Dyer (Global Head, Seed Development, Syngenta)

13:40-15:00 Presentations 3: AI Challenge

13:40-14:00 T. Aviv et al, “Ensemble of Cubist models for soy yield prediction using soil features and remote sensing variables”

14:00-14:20 H. Lin et al, “Gradient boosting model in predicting soybean yield and probabilistic decision-making in elite selection”

14:20-14:40 D. Jajetic, “SNP-based soybean variety selection”

14:40-15:00 Q. Pan, et al, “Portfolio selection and yield prediction report”

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-15:45 AI Crop Challenge Awards

15:45-16:45 Panel: “Bringing Intelligence to Global Sustainable Development”

"With unprecedented attention on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in practically every industry, what impact can intelligent technologies have on some of the biggest challenges we face as a global community over the next 30 years? How do we get there? What are the biggest obstacles we will have to overcome?"

Data Science for Intelligent Food, Energy, and Water

In 2016, we used 1.6 times the global resources that the earth can sustainably regenerate. By 2050, we’ll add 2 billion people to the world’s population. It’s a zero-sum game, and we’re currently losing. The future availability of safe and sustainable food, energy, and water is a global concern, and one that must be dealt with swiftly. 1.2 billion people currently live without electricity, climate change threatens global crops, and fresh ground water is being depleted at an ever faster rate.

Who is the Workshop for?

  • KDD researchers and practitioners, statisticians and data scientists interested in making an impact through their work;
  • Agronomists, crop scientists, agricultural practitioners (farmers, cooperatives), industrial players (seed producers, equipment manufacturers, fertilizer producers, consumer products manufacturers and retailers, insurance companies);
  • Energy utility companies, water companies, private stakeholders;
  • Hydrologists, Environmental Scientists, Climatologists, and any other related sciences;
  • Food, energy, and water related government agencies and policy makers in public sector.



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Naoki Abe

Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM Research AI

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James Hodson

CEO, AI for Good Foundation, Chief Science Officer, Cognism, Inc. Researcher, Jozef Stefan Institute, Artificial Intelligence Lab

Other Organizers

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Chid Apte

IBM Research, Director of Blockchain, Cognitive Solutions and Mathematical Sciences

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Rayid Ghani

Director, Center for Data Science and Public Policy, University of Chicago

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Marko Grobelnik

Research Director, Jozef Stefan Institute

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Estevam Rafael Hruschka Junior

Associate Professor at Federal University of Sao Carlos DC-UFSCar. Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University MLD-CMU

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Vipin Kumar

University of Minnesota, Head of Computer Science and Engineering

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Shashi Shekhar

University of Minnesota, McKnight Distinguished University Professor, Department of Computer Science

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Mitch Tuinstra

Purdue University, Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Wickersham Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Research

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Ranga Raju Vatsavai

North Carolina State University (Joint Faculty, Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Associate Professor, Associate Director of Center for Geospatial Analytics