NSF BDSPOKES - Digital Agriculture: Unmanned Aerial Systems, Plant Sciences and Education

UASPSE - About the Digital Ag Project

The Digital Agriculture Spoke of the Midwest Big Data Hub seeks to organize academic, industrial, and governmental sectors around the development of policies and best practices for data science and Big Data applications in agriculture, with a particular focus on automating the Big Data lifecycle for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and for plant sciences, phenomics, and genomics.

Historically, agricultural revolutions in cultivation, social organization, and industrialization have provided the means to increase food production. However, future revolutions must leverage the advantages provided by the modern information society. The UASPSE project will serve as a catalyst for this data-driven revolution, which will be broad and societal in nature and address the triple-bottom line of being economically viable, socially acceptable, and environmentally sensible. Whereas the initial focus areas are specific, the resulting best practices and partnership-building will translate to and enable other areas such as remote sensing systems and farm management techniques.

An expected outcome is improved and efficient use of UAS, imaging, and genomics in agricultural sciences, ultimately leading to a more sustainable global food and nutrition system. Coordination of these activities will be enhanced through this Digital Agriculture open web portal of data science resources, designed to integrate existing information silos, facilitate collaboration, and contribute to workforce development. Educational activities and tools will be leveraged from pre-existing traineeship programs and collaborative entities, and broadened with newly developed annual workshops. Special issue-teams of academic, industrial, and governmental representatives will be used to conduct deep-learning analysis of project educational activities to identify and refine mechanisms for broadening and diversifying participation.

Through these efforts, the collaboration will improve access to data assets, train a workforce with relevant skills and expertise, and will contribute to solving the Sustainable Global Food and Nutrition Security challenge.


December 15, 2017 - Unmanning Data Mondays
We are pleased to announce we will be hosting a new webinar series about handling data from unmanned aerial systems. Please visit the Unmanning Data Mondays webinar webpage for more information!

December 15, 2017 - Updated Website
The UASPSE website has been upgraded to bootstrap 4.0 and contains a lot more content! Please visit your Account Information page to set your skills and research interests so we can better connect you with other hub members.

August 23, 2017 - MBDH All Hands Meeting
Registration for the 2017 MBDH All Hands Meeting - Data-Enabled Midwest Resilience in Omaha, Nebraska is now available!

August 11, 2017
New UASPSE Website online!

July 24, 2017 - MBDH Digital Ag - All Hands Meeting
Dates for the UASPSE All-Hands Meeting, Sept. 14-15, 2017 in Ames, Iowa have been set.

July 1, 2017
Co-PI Clarke Visits Collaborators in Australia

March 12, 2017
PI Grant McGimpsey and Co-PI Joe Colletti are heading to the National Science Foundation for the Big Data Hub and Spokes meeting this coming Friday.