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 Digital Agriculture: UASPSE (Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Plant Sciencies and Education) 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.


Mar 12, 2019 - Foreign Travel Funds

The UASPSE project is no longer accepting Early Career Foreign Travel proposals. Candidates with pending applications will be notified soon about their award status.

Aug 29, 2018 - UASPSE Announcement - Request for Proposals

The NSF BDSpokes UASPSE project is accepting proposals to use Foreign Travel funds for establishing collaborative research partnerships in the domain of Digital Agriculture. Applications are limited to Early Career researchers (Post-Doctorial Scholars and Pre-Tenure Tenure-Track Faculty), and Graduate Students. Awards will be provided as reimbursements through the University of North Dakota after each proposed travel event has been completed.

For additional details, visit - https://digitalag.org/uaspse-foreign-collaboration-announcement.pdf

Aug 2, 2018 - Midwest Big Data Hub - Digital Agriculture Community - All-Hands Meeting 2018

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my honor to invite you to attend the Midwest Big Data Hub's Digital Agriculture Community All-Hands Meeting sponsored by the National Science Foundation, which will be held in Lincoln, NE on September 21, 2018. This is the second year for an event that we expect will become a preeminent regional meeting focused on the methodologies and technologies that enable Digital Agriculture, the associated data challenges, and the resulting insights into complex agricultural and agroecological systems. We have also organized a one day hands-on Unmanned Aerial Systems workshop prior to the meeting that will be held at ENREC in Mead, NE.

The conference website with further information and registration is https://bigdata.unl.edu/midwest-big-data-hub-digital-ag-all-hands-meeting.

Please attend and share this announcement with your colleagues who may be interested.

Thank you for your consideration; we are looking forward to your participation in a great DigAg All-Hands Meeting!

May 18, 2018 - Save the date for the 2018 UASPSE All Hands Meeting
The 2018 Digital Agriculture: Unmanned Aerial Systems, Plant Sciences and Education All Hands meeting will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on September 20th and 21st. Please mark your calendars!
Please note that the dates were previously noted as September 6th and 7th but have been updated to September 20th and 21st.

March 1, 2018 - Announcing the 2018 UPSiE UAS Data Workshop
We are pleased to announce a date and initial agenda for the 2018 UPSiE UAS Data Workshop which will be hosted this year by the University of North Dakota. The workshop will be held on April 18th at the University of North Dakota Tech Accelerator. More details and registration can be found here. A poster session will be held and we are providing up to $1,000 in travel funding to those who wish present a poster at the workshop for up to 30 individuals. Preference will be given to early registrations. Stay posted as we line up speakers!

February 10, 2018 - Unmanning Data Mondays Date Update
We apologize for a wrong date. John Nowatzki's talk will be on Monday, February 26th (not February 22nd). We apologize for any inconvenience!

February 2, 2018 - New Speakers for Unmanning Data Mondays
We are pleased to announce two new sesions for the Unmanning Data Mondays webinar seres! John Nowatzki of North Dakota State University will be presenting on 'What is Precision Agriculture in US Field Crop Production in 2018?' on February 26, 1-2pm CST and Jane Wyngaard (University of Notre Dame), Andrea Thomer (University of Michigan) and Lindsay Barbieri (University of Vermont) will presenting on 'Opportunities, Challenges, and Progress in Managing the sUAS/RPAS Data' on April 16th, 1-2pm CST. Please visit the Unmanning Data Mondays webpage for more information.

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.