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

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Digital Ag Fact

The projected growth in the global population will be 9.5 billion people by 2050, which will require the global agricultural workforce to produce 70% more food than our farmers do today. [UN - FAO Report]

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.


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

Aug 11, 2017
New UASPSE Website online!

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

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.

March 8, 2017
The UASPSE website is online and under construction!