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

The 2018 UPSiE UAS Data Workshop

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are excellent sensor deployment packages that are contributing to the data deluge in many fields such as agriculture, ecology and smart cities/infrastructure. Optical, infrared, LIDAR, multispectral and other sensor packages can provide data on scales impossible for humans to quickly and accurately analyze, leading to significant challenges in many fields wishing to operationally utilize UAS. This workshop will feature speakers from academia, industry and the public sector to discuss and introduce participants to UAS data analysis software and algorithms, metadata standards, and best practices, with a goal of harmonizing UAS data access, reproducibility and reuse across institutions and industry.

Workshop Location:
University of North Dakota
Tech Accelerator
4201 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Hotel Information:
Hilton Garden Inn, Grand Forks
4301 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks, North Dakota, 58203

Group Code: UNDBDW - Booking Link

Travel awards of up to $1,000 are available for registered participants who are willing to present a poster.

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Poster set up
Janet Poley, Emeritus Professor in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
Dr. Poley was CEO of the American Distance Education Consortium and has been PI on a long-term NSF grant in satellite infrastructure in rural areas. She has been a Professor of Mass Media and Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and was a senior executive at the Department of Agriculture for a number of years in the Foreign Development division and headed the Federal part of the US Extension Service. She brings significant knowledge of ongoing research in state and land grant universities.
10am-10:15amCoffee Break
10:15am-10:45amState of the UPSiE project
10:45am-12amPanel 1:
Susan Ellis-Felege, Associate Professor of Biology, University of North Dakota
Dr. Ellis-Felege has multiple years of experience in remote sensing in the field of wildlife biology. She has led yearly missions to the Hudson Bay, Manitoba, where she has flown UAS for population counts of snow geese, caribou and other wildlife; which gives her a wealth of real world knowledge in the use of UAS for data collection.
Mark Moran, Manager of Data-Driven Innovation and Associate Director, John Deere Technology Innovation Center – Champaign, IL
In Mark’s 20 years at John Deere, he has had roles in Global IT, Enterprise Architecture, Engineering, Marketing, and R&D. In all of those roles, he has been focused on how Information & Communication Technology can both enable and disrupt enterprises like John Deere. In his current role, he leads a research group focused on robotics, IoT, mobile, voice user interfaces, and analytics to advance their role in Deere’s processes, products, and services. Mark has a BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois, an MBA from the University of Iowa, and an SM from MIT. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Informatics at the University of Illinois.
Jinha Jung, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Texas A&M University
Lightning poster talks
1pm-1:30pmPoster Session
1:30pm-1:45pmCoffee Break
1:45pm-2:00pmPanel 2:

John Nowatzki, Extension Ag Machine Systems Specialist, North Dakota State University
Mr. Nowatzki regularly delivers educational presentations on various precision agriculture topics including farm data management, unmanned aircraft systems, LiDAR applications, variable rate fertilization of field crops, and sprayer boom section control. He also conducts applied research collaborating with NDSU faculty, with recent topics including variable rate fertilization, optical sensors for in-season fertilization, and soil compaction. He is principal investigator on a research grant applying UAS to agriculture, which has collected aerial data of ongoing crop and livestock research projects.
Matt Dunlevy, President and CEO of SkySkopes Inc.

3:00pm-4:00pmBreakout Sessions:
Proposal Opportunities
UAS data/flight Standards
Needs (Industry, Academia, Public)
4:00pm-4:30pmConcluding Remarks
Data Gathering