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Monday, October 14
 

7:15am

Bus loading: Departure at 7:30AM & 8:00AM
On Monday, October 14, busses will leave from Trident Hotel to ICRISAT at:
   7:30AM
   8:00AM

Busses will leave from ICRISAT to Trident Hotel at:
6:15PM

Monday October 14, 2019 7:15am - 8:00am
Trident Hotel Hyderabad, India

8:30am

Data and information management CoP meeting (by invitation only)
Moderators
avatar for Medha Devare

Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR

Speakers
avatar for Leroy Mwanzia

Leroy Mwanzia

Chief Data Officer, CIAT - International Center for Tropical Agriculture
avatar for Elizabeth Arnaud

Elizabeth Arnaud

Scientist, Ontologies CoP leader, Bioversity International
Elizabeth Arnaud leads the Crop Ontology project at Bioversity International and coordinate the Ontology CoP of CGIAR Big data Platform. She organizes and chairs workshops on semantics for harmonization of phenotypic and agronomic data. In a carreer at Bioversity, Elizabeth coordinated... Read More →
avatar for Marie-Angelique Laporte

Marie-Angelique Laporte

Associate Scientist, Bioversity International
avatar for Ruthie Musker

Ruthie Musker

Project Officer - Data Policy & Practice, CABI
avatar for Maria Garruccio

Maria Garruccio

Manager, Information and Research Support Services, Bioversity International
avatar for Cheryl Porter

Cheryl Porter

Coordinator, Computer Research Applications, University of Florida
Data interoperability tools for quantitative analyses.
avatar for Martin Parr

Martin Parr

Director (Data & Services, Digital Development), CAB International
avatar for Nilam Prasai

Nilam Prasai

Senior Data Curator, IFPRI
avatar for Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller

Sr. Digital Information Specialist, IFPRI
Ryan Miller has been with IFPRI for six years and currently serves as Digital Information Specialist. In that role, he set up and manages the institutional repository and helps guide integrations between the repository and other publishing platforms. Ryan finds the puzzle of integrating... Read More →


Monday October 14, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Breakout 6 (Great Lakes) ICRISAT-HQ

9:00am

Youth in Data media workshop (by invitation only)
Moderators
avatar for Marianne McDade

Marianne McDade

Head of Communications, CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture

Monday October 14, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Breakout 4 (New Sahel) ICRISAT-HQ

6:00pm

Bus loading: Departure at 6:15PM
On Monday, October 14, busses will leave from Trident Hotel to ICRISAT at:
   7:30AM
   8:00AM

Busses will leave from ICRISAT to Trident Hotel at:
   6:15PM

Monday October 14, 2019 6:00pm - 6:15pm
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India
 
Tuesday, October 15
 

7:15am

Bus loading: Departure at 7:30AM & 8:00AM
On Tuesday, October 15, busses will leave from Trident Hotel to ICRISAT at:
   7:30AM
   8:00AM
   9:15AM
   1:30PM

Busses will leave from ICRISAT to Trident Hotel at:
   3:30PM
   5:00PM
   6:00PM

Tuesday October 15, 2019 7:15am - 8:00am
Trident Hotel Hyderabad, India

8:00am

Digitalization of extension services workshop (by invitation only)
This workshop is organized by the geospatial data CoP, data-driven agronomy CoP and crop modeling CoP.

Moderators
avatar for Wietske Kropff

Wietske Kropff

Coordinator, CIAT

Tuesday October 15, 2019 8:00am - 5:30pm
Breakout 5A (212 / Bentley) ICRISAT-HQ

9:00am

Bus loading: Departure at 9:15AM
On Tuesday, October 15, busses will leave from Trident Hotel to ICRISAT at:
   7:30AM
   8:00AM
   9:15AM
   1:30PM

Busses will leave from ICRISAT to Trident Hotel at:
   3:30PM
   5:00PM
   6:00PM

Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am
Trident Hotel Hyderabad, India

9:00am

Joint meeting of BIG DATA Platform Steering Committee and Advisory Board (by invitation only)
Speakers
avatar for Jawoo Koo

Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
avatar for Andy Jarvis

Andy Jarvis

Co-Pioneer, Big Data Platform
Dr. Andy Jarvis is the Director of the Decision and Policy Analysis Area in the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and is a Flagship Leader on the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) https://ccafs.cgiar.org, based in Cali... Read More →
avatar for Medha Devare

Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR
avatar for Brian King

Brian King

Big Data Platform Coordinator, CGIAR
avatar for Fred Pivetta

Fred Pivetta

Managing Partner, Dalberg Data Insights
avatar for Thijs van den Broek

Thijs van den Broek

Applied Intelligence Lead NL, Accenture Development Partnerships


Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:00am - 1:30pm
Breakout 2D (DG Conference Room, upstairs) ICRISAT-HQ

9:00am

Drones for agriculture (open to public)
CGIAR Geospatial Community of Practice (CGIAR-CSI) invites you to the "Drones for Agriculture" knowledge-sharing event at ICRISAT-HQ in Hyderabad, India, on Tuesday, 15 October 2019. Participants of this event will learn the latest technologies in drones and imagery data processing tools from CGIAR and industry experts.

For remote participation, please join us via Bluejeans: https://bluejeans.com/743045028?src=join_info

09:00 - Overview: Drone Applications in Agriculture
Chandrashekhar Biradar (ICARDA)

09:30 - Partner Showcase I: Drones and Sensors
UAV Sensors for Plant Phenomics (Rabi Narayan Sahoo, Indian Agricultural Research Institute)
UAVs for Agriculture (Indrababu Gadde, IPAGE)
Autonomous Drones for Agriculture (Prem Kumar Vislawath, Marut Drones)

10:30 - Coffee Break

11:00 - Partner Showcase II: Image Management and Processing
UAV Phenotyping Solution (Alexis Comar, HIPHEN)
Weed Detection and Image Annotation Tools (Vinod Kumar, Senseacre Labs)
UAV for Agricultural Insurance (Sudhakar Manda, Skymet Weather Services)
ImageBreed: Streamlining remote sensing data management to facilitate breeding decisions (Nicholas Santanonio, Cornell University)

12:00 - Lunch & Demo

13:00 - Sharing Use Cases in Agriculture
Pheno-i use cases (Michael Selvaraj, CIAT)
Drones for agricultural research and development (Kai Sonder, CIMMYT)
Drones for Rice Research (Suranjana Borah, IRRI)
High-Throughput Phenotyping using UAV with multiple onboard sensors (Prof. Rajalakshmi P, IIT Hyderabad)
Drone for irrigation and flood management (David Wiberg, IWMI)

14:00 - Discussion on Challenges and Needs
Chandrashekhar Biradar (ICARDA)

Moderators
avatar for Chandrashekhar Biradar

Chandrashekhar Biradar

Head- Geoinformatics Units, ICARDA CGIAR

Speakers
avatar for Jawoo Koo

Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
avatar for Kai Sonder

Kai Sonder

Head GIS Unit, CIMMYT
avatar for Michael  Gomez Selvaraj

Michael Gomez Selvaraj

Leader CIAT phenomics platform, CIAT
Dr. Michael Gomez Selvaraj is Crop Physiologist leading CIAT Phenomics Platform. His interest mainly focuses on applying remote sensing tools/ technologies on field based Plant Phenomics and to identify the target traits to improve water and N use efficiency to enhance smallholder... Read More →
avatar for David Wiberg

David Wiberg

Head of Hydroinformatics, IWMI
avatar for Manuel Alejandro Valderrama

Manuel Alejandro Valderrama

Research Assistant, CIAT
avatar for Nicholas Santantonio

Nicholas Santantonio

Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University
avatar for Vinod Samanthula

Vinod Samanthula

CEO, Senseacre Labs LLP
An Alumni of IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore. Technology and Business Process Consulting Experience for 20+ years in leadership roles. Social impact investor in Agriculture, Healthcare and Water Sectors. Currently Founder and CEO of Senseacre Labs which is into Visual Intelligence using... Read More →
avatar for Rabi N Sahoo

Rabi N Sahoo

Principal Scientist, ICAR - INDIAN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Dr. Rabi Narayan Sahoo is a Principal Scientist working in the Division of Agricultural Physics, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi. Dr Sahoo works on applications of remote sensing and GIS in agriculture mainly hyperspectral remote sensing (ground, aerial and satellite platform) of soil and crop... Read More →
avatar for Suranjana Borah

Suranjana Borah

Research Scientist, IRRI
avatar for Prem Kumar Vislawath

Prem Kumar Vislawath

Founder, MARUT DRONETECH
avatar for Indrababu Gadde

Indrababu Gadde

IPAGE UM SERVICE PVT LTD
avatar for Alexis Comar

Alexis Comar

Founder, hiphen
avatar for Sudhakar Manda

Sudhakar Manda

Chief, Remote Sensing and GIS, Skymet Weather
avatar for Rajalakshmi P

Rajalakshmi P

Professor, IIT Hyderabad


Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm
Breakout 4 (New Sahel) ICRISAT-HQ

9:00am

Data and information management CoP meeting (by invitation only)
Moderators
avatar for Medha Devare

Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR

Speakers
avatar for Leroy Mwanzia

Leroy Mwanzia

Chief Data Officer, CIAT - International Center for Tropical Agriculture
avatar for Elizabeth Arnaud

Elizabeth Arnaud

Scientist, Ontologies CoP leader, Bioversity International
Elizabeth Arnaud leads the Crop Ontology project at Bioversity International and coordinate the Ontology CoP of CGIAR Big data Platform. She organizes and chairs workshops on semantics for harmonization of phenotypic and agronomic data. In a carreer at Bioversity, Elizabeth coordinated... Read More →
avatar for Marie-Angelique Laporte

Marie-Angelique Laporte

Associate Scientist, Bioversity International
avatar for Felix Shaw

Felix Shaw

Research Software Engineer, Earlham Institute
avatar for Anthony Etuk

Anthony Etuk

Research Software Engineer, Earlham Institute


Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Breakout 6 (Great Lakes) ICRISAT-HQ

9:00am

Youth in Data media workshop (by invitation only)
Moderators
avatar for Marianne McDade

Marianne McDade

Head of Communications, CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture

Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
iHub ICRISAT-HQ

1:15pm

Bus loading: Departure at 1:30PM
On Tuesday, October 15, busses will leave from Trident Hotel to ICRISAT at:
   7:30AM
   8:00AM
   9:15AM
   1:30PM

Busses will leave from ICRISAT to Trident Hotel at:
   3:30PM
   5:00PM
   6:00PM

Tuesday October 15, 2019 1:15pm - 1:30pm
Trident Hotel Hyderabad, India

2:30pm

Ontologies CoP meeting: Review of 2019 and planning for 2020
Limited Capacity seats available

Agenda

1- Progress made on the POWB 2019 and planification of POWB 2020
2. How Centers currently annotate their data in Dataverse ? defining common good practices - Study from Tom Hazekamp on Centers data sets
  • Building on the COPO session held in the morning
  • Study from Tom Hazekamp on Centers data sets
3. Tools to help annotation: COPO, GARDIAN, ...

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Arnaud

Elizabeth Arnaud

Scientist, Ontologies CoP leader, Bioversity International
Elizabeth Arnaud leads the Crop Ontology project at Bioversity International and coordinate the Ontology CoP of CGIAR Big data Platform. She organizes and chairs workshops on semantics for harmonization of phenotypic and agronomic data. In a carreer at Bioversity, Elizabeth coordinated... Read More →


Tuesday October 15, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Breakout 3 (Genomics 16A) ICRIST-HQ

2:30pm

Socioeconomic data CoP meeting (by invitation only)
Agenda
  • Taking stock of working groups
    • 100Q a FIAR WG report out!
    • SociO! a FAIR WG report out later this year
    • OIMS a FAIR WG report out soon
    • Gender meets Big Data report out!
    • Blockchain Coalition: Strike Two Summit
    • Ethics, Privacy Data confidentiality and cyber-security: two working groups
  • Planning for 2020
    • FAIR WGs: 
      • Tagging models and model data
      • Using NLP to tag qualitative data
    • Blockchain coalition: Digital trust and transparency learning platform
    • Ethics, Privacy Data confidentiality and cyber-security: next steps

Request an invitation to this meeting by emailing g.kruseman@cgiar.org

Speakers
avatar for Gideon Kruseman

Gideon Kruseman

Big data focal point | coordinator CoP SED, CIMMYT
Digital trust and transparency technology enthusiast, concerned about ethics, privacy, data confidentiality and cybersecurity in relation to farmer data, and working on making messy socio-economic data FAIRER


Tuesday October 15, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Breakout 2D (DG Conference Room, upstairs) ICRISAT-HQ

3:00pm

Data platform alliance (by invitation only)
The business press was abuzz in the last year about a ground breaking pre-competitive, pro-commercial alliance anchored by Amazon Web Servces and the pharmaceutical giant Merck.  In this session we will look at the governance, the platform development roadmap, and progress to date of the Merck-AWS alliance and aim to validate the real prospects of designing a similar alliance for the agricultural development sector centered on collaboration around data sharing and standards, shared services and demand aggregation, and innovation and technology transfer.

Tuesday October 15, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Breakout 2C (Boardroom, upstairs) ICRISAT-HQ

3:15pm

Bus loading: Departure at 3:30PM
On Tuesday, October 15, busses will leave from Trident Hotel to ICRISAT at:
   7:30AM
   8:00AM
   9:15AM
   1:30PM

Busses will leave from ICRISAT to Trident Hotel at:
   3:30PM
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   6:00PM

Tuesday October 15, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India

4:45pm

Bus loading: Departure at 5:00PM
On Tuesday, October 15, busses will leave from Trident Hotel to ICRISAT at:
   7:30AM
   8:00AM
   9:15AM
   1:30PM

Busses will leave from ICRISAT to Trident Hotel at:
   3:30PM
   5:00PM
   6:00PM

Tuesday October 15, 2019 4:45pm - 5:00pm
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India

5:45pm

Bus loading: Departure at 6:00PM
On Tuesday, October 15, busses will leave from Trident Hotel to ICRISAT at:
   7:30AM
   8:00AM
   9:15AM
   1:30PM

Busses will leave from ICRISAT to Trident Hotel at:
   3:30PM
   5:00PM
   6:00PM

Tuesday October 15, 2019 5:45pm - 6:00pm
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India

6:00pm

[Recommended, optional] Pre-check in
Security is tight at ICRISAT. Pick up your convention materials to speed up the morning entry on the first day of the convention.

Tuesday October 15, 2019 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Trident Hotel Hyderabad, India
 
Wednesday, October 16
 

6:15am

Day 1 theme: Why trust?
Today we'll explore what the theme of trust means for big data in agriculture.

Wednesday October 16, 2019 6:15am - 7:30pm
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India

7:00am

Bus loading: Departure at 7:15AM & 7:30AM
For those staying at Trident Hotel, please note that busses to ICRISAT will leave from the MAIN LOBBY at 7:15AM and 7:30AM.

Additional busses will leave at 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM.

Wednesday October 16, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Trident Hotel Hyderabad, India

7:30am

Registration and coffee
Get registered, pick up your materials, and find your way to the ICRISAT convention courtyards to enjoy some coffee and breakfast snacks.

Wednesday October 16, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India

8:30am

Welcome to the 2019 convention
Welcome to the 2019 Big Data in Agriculture Convention. The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) welcome you to this year’s convention at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India.

In our opening session, we'll hear from CGIAR leaders on what this convention and the platform means to them.

Speakers
avatar for Jawoo Koo

Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
avatar for Andy Jarvis

Andy Jarvis

Co-Pioneer, Big Data Platform
Dr. Andy Jarvis is the Director of the Decision and Policy Analysis Area in the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and is a Flagship Leader on the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) https://ccafs.cgiar.org, based in Cali... Read More →
avatar for Brian King

Brian King

Big Data Platform Coordinator, CGIAR



Wednesday October 16, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

9:00am

Trust: Humans, machines, and ecosystems
Global adaptation is urgent. What are the required interactions between digital, business, and natural ecosystems? What is the role of trust in claiming potential solutions? We will explore these questions over the course of the 2019 convention. 

Speakers
avatar for Brian King

Brian King

Big Data Platform Coordinator, CGIAR


Wednesday October 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

9:30am

Keynote: Digital trust in India
A keynote presentation and fireside chat on building digital innovation ecosystems for food security in India.

Moderators
avatar for Yvonne

Yvonne

Managing Director, ALINE Impact Ltd

Speakers
avatar for Jayesh Ranjan

Jayesh Ranjan

IT Secretary, State of Telangana


Wednesday October 16, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

10:00am

Coffee break
Join your colleagues in the courtyard for coffee - hopefully make a new friend!

Wednesday October 16, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

10:00am

Press conference
Wednesday October 16, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
iHub ICRISAT-HQ

10:30am

Trust and the human-machine ecology
Climates and ecosystems are bombarded with new and ever-changing stressors, while machines and machine-to-machine systems shape and accelerate our social and economic lives. Our ethical frameworks, human communities, and institutions struggle to stay abreast of the rate of change.

This session reflects on how to build holistic solutions integrating agroecology, financial services, digital tools and technologies to address these complications for sustainable food security. 

Moderators
avatar for Russell Southwood

Russell Southwood

CEO, Balancing Act

Speakers
avatar for Natalia Carmona Estrada

Natalia Carmona Estrada

Associate Scientist, Bioversity International
avatar for Monique Morrow

Monique Morrow

President, The VETRI Foundation



Wednesday October 16, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

11:15am

Welcome to ICRISAT
A welcome from the Director General of ICRISAT.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Carberry

Peter Carberry

Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)


Wednesday October 16, 2019 11:15am - 11:30am
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

11:30am

Introduction to the Communities of Practice (CoP)
Communities of Practice (CoPs) are a key aspect of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture. Tomorrow afternoon you'll have the chance to dive deep into some of the questions they're wrestling with. CoP leads will introduce themselves and their sessions, and entice you to come find them throughout the convention!

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Paul Reynolds

Matthew Paul Reynolds

Head of Wheat Physiology, CIMMYT
avatar for Louise Donnison

Louise Donnison

Senior Data scientist, University of Edinburgh
avatar for Elizabeth Arnaud

Elizabeth Arnaud

Scientist, Ontologies CoP leader, Bioversity International
Elizabeth Arnaud leads the Crop Ontology project at Bioversity International and coordinate the Ontology CoP of CGIAR Big data Platform. She organizes and chairs workshops on semantics for harmonization of phenotypic and agronomic data. In a carreer at Bioversity, Elizabeth coordinated... Read More →
avatar for Jawoo Koo

Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
avatar for Gideon Kruseman

Gideon Kruseman

Big data focal point | coordinator CoP SED, CIMMYT
Digital trust and transparency technology enthusiast, concerned about ethics, privacy, data confidentiality and cybersecurity in relation to farmer data, and working on making messy socio-economic data FAIRER
avatar for Anton Eitzinger

Anton Eitzinger

Scientist, CIAT
I am a Geospatial Modeler and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist. I am interested in assessing the impact of climate change on crop systems and the vulnerability of farming communities. Further, I am interested in monitoring of local adaptation processes and crowd-sourcing of agricultural... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Meadu

Vanessa Meadu

Communications and Knowledge Exchange Specialist, SEBI - Supporting Evidence Based Interventions
I lead communications and knowledge exchange activities for SEBI as well as the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of Practice.



Wednesday October 16, 2019 11:30am - 11:45am
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

11:45am

Meet the 2019 Inspire Challenge finalists
The CGIAR Inspire Challenge aims to support leading edge, data-driven partnerships that push the limits of the possible in food security - meet the 2019 cohort of finalists!


Wednesday October 16, 2019 11:45am - 12:00pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

12:00pm

Lunch
Find your way to lunch and have some engaging conversations.

Wednesday October 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Emerging topics in digital agriculture (by invitation only)
Launching a CGIAR Big Data in Agriculture Platform - Cambridge University strategic collaboration to identify the top-priority and emerging issues in Digital Agriculture. In this session, we will provide details on the aims, scope, methods and intended outcomes of this new research initiative.

Speakers
avatar for Asaf Tzachor

Asaf Tzachor

Lead Researcher for Global Food Security, University of Cambridge



Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Breakout 4 (New Sahel) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: AgroFIMS demo
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities, including play with the AgroFIMS Prototype [only available today and Friday].

AgroFIMS (Agronomy Field Information Management System) consists of a web application that enables the creation of a field data collection template with standardized variables that are concepts in the Agronomy Ontology, relevant crop ontologies, and other related ontologies. This approach enables easy data comparison, aggregation, mining and interpretation, and data reuse across projects, and in analyses, models and decision-support tools. Ontologies proffer further advantages for data mining and exploration, including the possibility for making inferences, and connecting with Linked Data in other related domains (e.g. nutrition and health). The AgroFIMS variables are sorted into a series of modules representing the typical cycle of operations in agronomic trial management, such as: land preparation, irrigation, weeding, soil fertility, weather and soil parameters, biotic and abiotic stress observation and control, and more. The fieldbook application will allow the creation of data collection sheets using the same base set of semantics, including variables, terminology, units, protocols, etc., enabling standardization in data collection and description and linkages with breeding and other related data. In addition, AgroFIMS promotes digital collection of data to reduce error and ease data collection via an in-development mobile app that will allow data collection in the field; it is also possible to adapt AgroFIMS to other digital data collection platforms such as ODK.a

Speakers
avatar for Medha Devare

Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR


Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: GEMS demo
Limited Capacity filling up

Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities. including working with GEMS [only available today].

The University of Minnesota’s (UMN) College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and Minnesota Supercomputing Institute have teamed up to create a novel data sharing and analysis platform called GEMS. This ever-expanding agroinformatics platform enables public-private, local-global research collaborations for innovation in food and agriculture. The platform allows data contributors to truly make their data functionally interoperable, via structured ontologies and data cleaning modules, and allows them to share only those data files or fields within their data that they choose to make available. The platform also enables all types of data analytics, with the goal of turning that data into actionable information. GEMS also supports a rapidly growing portfolio of data capture, analysis and sharing activities designed to make sense out of a wide variety of remote- and ground-sensed data streams.
 
GEMS co-innovates with a growing group of public and private partners, including CIAT, CIMMYT, CG Platform for Big Data, DArT, Embrapa, PepsiCo, University of Stellenbosch, Genomes to Field, Soil Health Partnership, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Water Resources Center, Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center, UMN College of Science and Engineering, UMN Center for Applied Phenomics, University of Southern California, Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, USDA’s Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, University of Adelaide, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi University of Science and Technology, and others. GEMS supports, and is shaped by, the International Agroinformatics Alliance (IAA), a forum of world-class scientists, policy-makers and funders across the public and private sectors at the forefront of Digital Agriculture.

Speakers
avatar for Philip Pardey

Philip Pardey

Professor, University of Minnesota
avatar for Jim Wilgenbush

Jim Wilgenbush

Director of Research Computing, University of Minnesota



Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Breakout 5A (212 / Bentley) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: Genebank tour
Limited Capacity full

Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Other activities to be added.

Speakers
avatar for Vania Azevedo

Vania Azevedo

Head-Genebank, ICRISAT


Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Breakout 3 (Genomics 16A) ICRIST-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: ICRISAT tour
Limited Capacity full

Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Join for a tour of ICRISAT. Meet at the lobby of the main entrance of ICRISAT, next to Plenary 2 (Auditorium).

Speakers
avatar for Sobhan Sajja

Sobhan Sajja

Senior Scientist, ICRISAT
avatar for Murli Sharma

Murli Sharma

Senior Manager, ICRISAT


Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: iHub tours
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Come to iHub for a tour, followed by lightning talks from some of the startups working there. Today, hear from:
  • Kalgudi
  • Geocledian/AgriFortis
  • Kuza

iHub is based at the ICRISAT’s headquarters in Hyderabad, a major hotbed of agritech startups and companies in India. This digital agricultural innovation platform was established to foster an ecosystem of collaboration between domain experts, software startups and entrepreneurs. It became evident that ICRISAT’s real comparative advantage in this domain was its ability to play a catalytic role in fostering the innovation ecosystem that could underpin digital led innovation in the small holder farming systems. Since Feb 2017, the ihub has incubated 16 digital agriculture startups that are each addressing a unique problem specific to agriculture, employing technologies ranging from computer vision to deep neural networks.

Speakers
avatar for Ram Dhulipala

Ram Dhulipala

Theme Leader - Digital Agriculture and Youth, ICRISAT


Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
iHub ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: IoT field tour
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Meet at the entrance to Plenary 1 (Main Tent).

Speakers
avatar for Kanika Singh

Kanika Singh

Senior Scientific Officer, ICRISAT


Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: Phenotype facilities tour
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Please meet at the front entrance to take a bus to the ICRISAT phenotype facility.

Speakers

Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

Blockchain enabled transformation of food systems
The population is expected to rise to nearly 10 billion people by 2050. With agricultural land expansion reaching its limits if we do not want to jeopardize the planetary boundaries related to biodiversity, carbon sequestration and environmental buffers provided by nature, we as humanity must increase agricultural productivity to feed this growing population while using less and less resources.

Climate change is bound to change crop suitability in different regions and extreme weather events threaten food supply, requiring sufficient buffers and hence higher production in favorable years.

Barring major catastrophes, profoundly disrupting civil unrest, widespread warfare, this growing population is bound to be more affluent than the current one. The population will be living predominantly in urban settings in contrast to today, where the majority of the world’s population is still living in rural areas. Urbanization and increased welfare is likely to induce changes in diets and in food systems as value chains become longer people and people buy more processed food, either as street food or in super-markets. The distance between commodity and food is growing. Moreover, in many countries in the world, we have witnessed a double burden of malnutrition (simultaneous occurrence of obesity and hidden hunger).

Continuing the way have been doing over the past decades is not going to ensure us having enough to eat while staying within planetary boundaries. We will have to do things radically different. At the root of many of the obstacles preventing the attainment of sustainable food systems are issues such as lack of trust and transparency, asymmetric information and weak institutions and poor governance. Blockchain enabled solutions can help to break down those barriers and thus become the game-changer that makes food systems sustainable in the long run.

The Strike Two Summit is a series of meetings to address the issues of digitally enabled food system transformation:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oOA8Qj4DoXFF9hpNZ04ayy7AAWYanSlQ/view

Like in many tech savvy nations, in India, companies such as T-Hub  are pushing an aggressive agenda to foster the digital transformation of agriculture and the CGIAR is pursuing an agenda to provide the scientific evidence of the process and to provide insight into the possible impact pathways.

Speakers
avatar for Rama Iyer

Rama Iyer

Chief Innovation Officer, T-Hub
Entrepreneurship and Innovation champion at T-Hub, India’s Largest startup ecosystem and Advisor to numerous startup’s, corporate and govt. organizations planning to roll out innovation programs. Rama is currently Senior Vice President; Head -Strategic Alliances & Innovation... Read More →
avatar for Gideon Kruseman

Gideon Kruseman

Big data focal point | coordinator CoP SED, CIMMYT
Digital trust and transparency technology enthusiast, concerned about ethics, privacy, data confidentiality and cybersecurity in relation to farmer data, and working on making messy socio-economic data FAIRER
avatar for Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt

Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt

Founder, The Fork
We enable integer food systems with blockchain technology


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Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

Digitally mediated agroecology
Limited Capacity seats available

Data and digital tools show great promise for intermediating collective action yet more needs to be understood. This session will explore the ways in which technology can inform the commons and how technical solutions can be leveraged for collective action.

Moderators
avatar for Natalia Carmona Estrada

Natalia Carmona Estrada

Associate Scientist, Bioversity International

Speakers
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Nicolás di Tada

CTO, InSTEDD
avatar for Henning Oppel

Henning Oppel

Head of R&D, Okeanos
avatar for Thomas Falk

Thomas Falk

Principal Scientist, ICRISAT



Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Breakout 5A (212 / Bentley) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

Reinforcement Learning for crop-management: Sequential decision-making under uncertainty
Limited Capacity full

Reinforcement Learning (RL) is a branch of Machine Learning that is different from classical Supervised or Unsupervised Learning. Reinforcement Learning problem is for an agent to find an optimal policy, i.e. what action should be chosen for any given system's state, and to maximize a goal along a series of actions in a partially known of fully unknown stochastic environment. RL will be presented as a natural tool for agricultural decision-making. RL agricultural use cases come mainly from the 90’s where available methods and data context were different. The utilization of both new data sources and RL methods should be re-investigated for agricultural decision-making, being relevant to climate-resilience and sustainable-intensification global necessities calling for dynamic policies. In that perspective, RL problems and solving methods will be introduced and illustrated through an agricultural example. Promising state-of-the-art methods combined with a new data context, challenges ahead will be discussed to raise Data-Driven Agronomy Community's interest. The session will examine, in part, how RL approaches can leverage existing modeling techniques and agronomic data commonly collected by CGIAR (such as through the AgroFIMS tool developed by the Platform for Big Data) as inputs in a dynamic decision engine.

Speakers
avatar for Philippe Preux

Philippe Preux

Professor, Université de Lille & Inria
“Philippe Preux, professor at Université de Lille, France, co-funder and head of INRIA SequeL [Sequential Learning] team, one of the leading Reinforcement Learning laboratories. Since past 12 years SequeL has been contributing to RL literature with major publications and actively... Read More →
avatar for Romain Gautron

Romain Gautron

Data Scientist, CIAT


Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Breakout 4 (New Sahel) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

Demystifying data science: Overview, trends, and examples
Banner investments by the Big Data Platform like GARDIAN and AgroFIMS are intended to help mobilize CGIAR data for new and exciting research and new pathways to changing food and farming systems worldwide.  The full potential of these data will not be realized without new and exciting data science.  
In this session, we will provide a quick overview presentation (“What is data science?”) and the panelists will present their latest inspiring data science projects and discuss their potential applications in agriculture. Panelists will also discuss their most (and least) favorite data science techniques/technologies and give recommendations on what'd take to become a super data scientist.
 
As the session title suggests, the contents of this session will be presented in the most jargon-free way possible. Audiences are encouraged to alarm a jargon bell whenever further clarification is necessary.

Data & Science
Robert Hijmans 
Professor, University of California - Davis

Computational Creativity: AI for Product Composition
Robin Lougee
Research Industry Lead, IBM Research

Georeferenced data collection: Applications and opportunities
Todd Slind
VP Open Data and Development, Critigen

Image Labeling at Plantix
Thomas Friedel
Head of Machine Learning, PEAT // Plantix

Moderators
avatar for Jawoo Koo

Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Speakers
avatar for Robert Hijmans

Robert Hijmans

Professor, University of California, Davis
avatar for Robin Lougee

Robin Lougee

Research Industry Lead, IBM Research
avatar for Todd Slind

Todd Slind

Vice President Open Data and Development, Critigen
avatar for Thomas Friedel

Thomas Friedel

Head of Machine Learning, PEAT GmbH // Plantix
I develop models to detect plant diseases from photos for our app Plantix. Among other things I'm in interested in solutions that allow us to scale up labeling of images. What would you do with our data (millions of images showing plants, date & location, crop type, plant disease... Read More →



Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

Human centered design for ethical AI
Limited Capacity full

Google’s People + AI Research team (PAIR) invites you to a workshop to help you gain a stronger understanding of how to approach design for AI. We will share insights from the newly published People+AI Guidebook, a resource Google product teams have utilized to navigate AI product decisions. Through hands-on exercises, you will learn how to determine if AI is the right solution for your user problem, introduce the system to the user and set expectations for system evolution, and explain how the AI system works and the impact confidence levels has on the user’s next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Akrong

Diana Akrong

UXR, Google
avatar for Courtney Heldreth

Courtney Heldreth

Senior UXR, Google



Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Breakout 6 (Great Lakes) ICRISAT-HQ

2:50pm

Agriculture, Aadhaar, and the India stack
The national biometric identification system Aadhar serves as the foundation for layer of open API that can build a digital eco-system around a uniquely identifiable individual. This opens a range of opportunities to identify, connect and serve an individual. In this session we will hear of challenges and opportunities for agriculture in the world's largest digital inclusion effort.

Speakers
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Sridhar c

Deputy General Manager/Faculty, Bankers Institute of Rural Development
avatar for G.V. Reddy

G.V. Reddy

Deputy Director General, UIDAI
avatar for Jaspreet Singh

Jaspreet Singh

Digital Technical Specialist, United Nations Capital Development Fund
avatar for Abhay Pareek

Abhay Pareek

DFS Expert, United Nations Capital Development Fund
avatar for SP Tucker

SP Tucker

Retd. Chief Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh


Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:50pm - 3:30pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

2:50pm

Cross-platform design session: Big data enabling women's economic empowerment
Limited Capacity filling up

Gender and big data experts will join for a deeper discussion about how to 'novel' big data sources (e.g. transaction data, social media, data, mobile network metadata) and what new methods can be developed to enable women. How will these experts inform each other's work? What new opportunities can be explored jointly by the Big Data and Gender Platforms? This session explores pressing questions on this topic.

Moderators
avatar for Vanya Slavchevska

Vanya Slavchevska

Economist, Gender and Social inclusion, CIAT

Speakers
avatar for Ravula Padmaja

Ravula Padmaja

Senior Scientist (Gender Research), ICRISAT
avatar for Fred Pivetta

Fred Pivetta

Managing Partner, Dalberg Data Insights
avatar for Marcelo Tyszler

Marcelo Tyszler

Senior Advisor, CGIAR Platform for Collaborative Gender Research
Marcelo Tyszler, PhD is an experienced consultant and applied quantitative researcher on the fields of Agro- and Behavioral Economics, Environmental and Economic Sustainability and Public Sector, Non-Profit and Government. He has expertise in economic and mathematical modelling... Read More →



Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:50pm - 3:30pm
Breakout 5A (212 / Bentley) ICRISAT-HQ

2:50pm

Data science in action: Collaborative data analysis in R
Moderators
avatar for Jawoo Koo

Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Speakers
avatar for Robert Hijmans

Robert Hijmans

Professor, University of California, Davis


Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:50pm - 3:30pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

2:50pm

Digitally enabled collective action
Limited Capacity full

At their best, information systems can help us to manage complexity, track our progress and build collective action. In this session we will look at three interlinking examples of information systems intended to capture this value for CGIAR:

Philippe Ellul, Senior Program Officer, will present the CGIAR Level Research Interoperability System (CLARISA), a dashboard consolidating CGIAR result-based management systems across the consortium.
Marie Angelique Laporte will present a pilot of the Sustainable Development Goals Interface Ontology for tracking progress and building transparency around the CGIAR Strategic Results Framework in light of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Brian Lowe of Ontocale will present the newly-developed “Find a CGIAR Expert” system, an ontology-based tool for identifying expertise and collaborative relationships within CGIAR.

Speakers
avatar for Satish Nagaraji

Satish Nagaraji

Senior Manager - Digital Ag (M&E and Tools), ICRISAT
avatar for Elizabeth Arnaud

Elizabeth Arnaud

Scientist, Ontologies CoP leader, Bioversity International
Elizabeth Arnaud leads the Crop Ontology project at Bioversity International and coordinate the Ontology CoP of CGIAR Big data Platform. She organizes and chairs workshops on semantics for harmonization of phenotypic and agronomic data. In a carreer at Bioversity, Elizabeth coordinated... Read More →
avatar for Medha Devare

Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR
avatar for Philippe Ellul

Philippe Ellul

Senior Officer, Programs, CGIAR System Organization



Wednesday October 16, 2019 2:50pm - 3:30pm
Breakout 4 (New Sahel) ICRISAT-HQ

3:30pm

Coffee break
Find a friend and a snack in between sessions this afternoon!

Wednesday October 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

4:00pm

Snapshots of digital ag around the world
As part of the global initiatives on Digital Agriculture Transformation, we are working on developing Digital Agriculture Profiles, a snapshot of current digital technologies looking at its maturity, the enabling environment, and it's specific potential along the value chain.

We do this by leveraging the expertise of stakeholders to evaluate the current landscape of digital agriculture in the country, including its key players across value chains, the main barriers faced, and the potential to overcome these barriers through the adoption of innovative technologies. In identifying and prioritizing these technologies, we aim to support investors and implementers in maximizing their impact by focusing on the opportunities of highest potential. Once enabling factors are identified and understood, the mainstreaming of digital agriculture in the researched countries can begin in earnest.

Speakers
avatar for Wietske Kropff

Wietske Kropff

Coordinator, CIAT



Wednesday October 16, 2019 4:00pm - 4:05pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

4:05pm

Getting to open and FAIR data in program development
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is taking the FAIR principles seriously at the highest levels and wants to ensure that its investments generate open and FAIR data. CABI and the Open Data Institute (ODI) have been helping the Gates Foundation assess how FAIR data might be operationalized in their agricultural development programs. Specifically, the Foundation has requested support towards a better process for grant making which puts good practices in the stewardship of open and FAIR data – especially of very data-rich programs -- at the heart of new program development, rather than as an afterthought. How can the CGIAR data community help us as we work with the Foundation to understand the real costs of doing the right thing, and the benefits of planning for open and FAIR data -- including its licensing, interoperability and reuse -- right from the outset rather than as an (often) undercosted afterthought? Do we know what good data policy and practice looks like? What are the incentives for us to change the way we manage data for FAIRness?

Speakers
avatar for Ruthie Musker

Ruthie Musker

Project Officer - Data Policy & Practice, CABI



Wednesday October 16, 2019 4:05pm - 4:15pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

4:15pm

Leveraging trust to generate insights from data: The GARDIAN ecosystem
Agricultural researchers tackle challenges that often span scales and disciplines, which generally means being able to query and/or aggregate a variety of data types. Interoperability is critical to providing meaning and context that allows humans and machines to interpret, aggregate, and analyze data. CGIAR’s approach encourages open and Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data assets, and enabling their discovery and use to generate high-value products and actionable insights through its Global Agricultural Research Data Innovation and Acceleration Network (GARDIAN). This session will outline the vision for the GARDIAN data ecosystem, created through trust, engagement and co-design with partners including governments, non-governmental organizations, funders, startups, and other researchers.

Speakers
avatar for Medha Devare

Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR


Wednesday October 16, 2019 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

4:45pm

Leadership in data for agriculture
CGIAR global leadership will explore what big data means for their centers, and the CGIAR position in this sector.

Moderators
avatar for Carolyn Florey

Carolyn Florey

Technology for Development Lead, International Rice Research Institute

Speakers
avatar for Peter Carberry

Peter Carberry

Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
avatar for Gareth Johnstone

Gareth Johnstone

Director General, WorldFish
avatar for Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Deputy Director General - Research for Development, IWMI


Wednesday October 16, 2019 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

5:30pm

ICRISAT welcome dinner
ICRISAT welcomes you to their campus for the third annual CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture Convention.

Sponsors

Wednesday October 16, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

6:15pm

Bus loading: Departure at 6:30PM from ICRISAT
Busses back to Trident Hotel.

Wednesday October 16, 2019 6:15pm - 6:30pm
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India

7:00pm

Bus loading: Departure at 7:15PM from ICRISAT
Busses back to Trident Hotel.

Wednesday October 16, 2019 7:00pm - 7:15pm
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India

8:00pm

BIG DATA Platform Management Team meeting (by invitation only)
Wednesday October 16, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Meeting Room No 2 Trident Hotel, level P6
 
Thursday, October 17
 

6:15am

Day 2 theme: Trust & solutions
During day two, we'll take a deeper dive into technical and strategic solutions for building and maintaining trust in the big data for agriculture ecosystem.

Thursday October 17, 2019 6:15am - 7:45pm
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India

7:00am

Bus loading: Departure at 7:15AM & 7:30AM
For those staying at Trident Hotel, please note that busses to ICRISAT will leave from the MAIN LOBBY at 7:15AM and 7:30AM.

Additional busses will leave at 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM.

Thursday October 17, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Trident Hotel Hyderabad, India

7:30am

Morning Coffee
Join us early this morning for coffee and snacks while you investigate the Bazaar Booths in the courtyard.

Thursday October 17, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

8:30am

Plenary 2.1: Data science showcase I
This plenary will showcase agricultural data science applications from CGIAR researchers and discuss how best their work can be supported by the Platform and partners.

AG-RE-SEARCH: An NLP-based agriculture research publication search
Satish Nagaraji, ICRISAT
  • Category: Clustering, Text mining
  • Algorithms: Maximum entropy, N-gram models 
  • Frameworks: Tensor Flow, Keras

Monitoring crop phenology using a smartphone-based near-surface remote sensing approach
Berber Kramer, IFPRI
  • Category: Classification, Preprocessing 
  • Algorithms: Neural network, Deep learning

Tracking commodities from fork to farm
Sarah Jones, Bioversity International
  • Category: Geospatial analysis
  • Tools: Raster and vector analysis in R and ArcGIS

Evaluation of ML models for predicting agronomic traits in diverse rice panel
Dmytro Chebotarov, IRRI
  • Category: Classification, Regression
  • Algorithms: Random forest, Neural network, Support vector machine, Penalized regression
  • Frameworks: Tensor Flow, Keras, scikit-learn 

Moderators
avatar for Jawoo Koo

Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Speakers
avatar for Satish Nagaraji

Satish Nagaraji

Senior Manager - Digital Ag (M&E and Tools), ICRISAT
avatar for Berber Kramer

Berber Kramer

Research Fellow, IFPRI
avatar for Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Associate Scientist, Bioversity International
Geospatial data analyst with a focus on agrobiodiversity and ecosystem services
avatar for Dmytro Chebotarov

Dmytro Chebotarov

Scientist, Computational Genetics, International Rice Research Institute



Thursday October 17, 2019 8:30am - 9:15am
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

8:30am

Plenary 1: The un-convention
The emergence of food systems based framework thinking towards monitoring, planning and intervention development and delivery to improve the sustainability of food  consumption demands more data. Additionally, connections within the framework and its enablers are dynamic, and therefore there is a need to study them in near real time, and at higher spatial resolutions. To make matters worse, food systems linked to smallholders (who are the largest contributors to the system), is one of the most data-scarce environments. All in all, although stakeholders have warmed up to the idea of food systems based approaches to sustainability. But, data systems (i.e the data life cycle) that will fuel this, need a revolution. This parallel plenary session one will have two discussions on unconventional data sources and methods in big data for agriculture:

(8:30AM) Novel big data sources and methods for agricultural development - CGIAR and partners have built the required expertise and knowledge, in terms of using ground-up (survey based), and remote sensing/satellite based (top-down) based data and analytics, that can partly contribute to the revolution needed in data systems, to suffice food systems based processes, the remaining gap, that can bridge ground-up and top-down data sources, can be potentially filled by these non-conventional data sources.

The reason they are unconventional is because they are logged “involuntarily” (like the heartbeat as opposed to walking which is a voluntary action), and data use-cases have been developed, due to the nature of the data, and not the other way around wherein, a use case is identified first, and then the data source is mapped.

Unconventional data sources are starting to gain popularity in the agri-food research space, and this session will look at learnings, examples and take-stock of (a) Examples of data solutions and their non-conventional data sources, that have enabled better understanding of our agri-food systems, (b) What is and more importantly what is not possible with these data sources (c) Examples of sustainable data ecosystems that enable access to these non-conventional data sources (d) Lessons on how such data solutions have been used to create impact.
   Dharani Dhar Burra
   Derval Usher
   Simone Sala
   Fred Pivetta


(9:15AM) Mobile-enabled solutions for climate smart agriculture - The mobile industry, IBM/The Weather Company, and CGIAR are discovering the value of mobile network signal data as a very high-quality proxy for rainfall, and jointly examining the opportunity for turning mobile networks into weather sensing networks. The intersection of climate smart agriculture research, three way data sharing, and development of high-value services promises to be a powerful tool in the toolkit for national, regional, and global adaptation. How can we claim this opportunity?
   Daniele Tricarico
   Damitha Gunawardena

   Himanshu Goyal
   Anthony Whitbread

Moderators
avatar for Dharani Dhar Burra

Dharani Dhar Burra

Data Scientist, International Center for Tropical Agriculture
avatar for Anthony Whitbread

Anthony Whitbread

Director - Innovation Systems for the Drylands, ICRISAT

Speakers
avatar for Simone Sala

Simone Sala

Senior Research Affiliate, Data Pop Alliance
I am co-designing an online course on Big Data or Agriculture for CGIAR researchers with the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, Data-Pop Alliance, and TechChange. I want to learn more from potential attendees and partners willing to match CGIAR researchers to carry out hands-on... Read More →
avatar for Himanshu Goyal

Himanshu Goyal

India Sales & Alliances Leader, IBM Watson Media and Weather
avatar for Fred Pivetta

Fred Pivetta

Managing Partner, Dalberg Data Insights
avatar for Derval Usher

Derval Usher

Head of Office, UN Pulse Lab Jakarta
avatar for Daniele Tricarico

Daniele Tricarico

Insights Director, AgriTech, GSMA
avatar for Damitha Gunawardena

Damitha Gunawardena

Manager Group Sustainability, Dialog Axiata



Thursday October 17, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

9:15am

Plenary 2.2: Promise and peril of AI
There are a number of mature use cases for machine learning applications in agriculture that need to be promoted and better understood. At the same time, systems theory tells us that maximizing one factor of a complex system can make systems more fragile. How can we claim and scale the benefits of AI while safeguarding against the failure of whole ecologies?

Moderators
avatar for Praveen Pankajakshan

Praveen Pankajakshan

Principal Data Science Manager, Corteva Agriscience

Speakers
avatar for Raghu Dharmaraju

Raghu Dharmaraju

Vice President Products and Programs, Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence
An alumnus of Cornell, UMass Amherst, and IIT Madras, Raghu is a product and go-to-market veteran. He has launched and scaled impact-focused innovations in start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and government. At Embrace, he led the market launch of path-breaking infant warmers and ultimately... Read More →
avatar for Courtney Heldreth

Courtney Heldreth

Senior UXR, Google
avatar for Philippe Preux

Philippe Preux

Professor, Université de Lille & Inria
“Philippe Preux, professor at Université de Lille, France, co-funder and head of INRIA SequeL [Sequential Learning] team, one of the leading Reinforcement Learning laboratories. Since past 12 years SequeL has been contributing to RL literature with major publications and actively... Read More →



Thursday October 17, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

10:00am

Coffee break
Catch up with a colleague you didn't get enough time with, find a speaker you thought was particularly compelling, or make a new friend! And fuel up with coffee and snacks while you're at it.

Thursday October 17, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

10:30am

Official opening of Inspire Challenge 2019 pitches
This morning we start with the first pitches for the Inspire Challenge 2019. Dr. Sara Pearson shares her perspective on the importance of innovation and scalability, and leads us to the first seven pitches for scaling grants.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Pearson

Sara Pearson

Chief Innovation Officer, DFAT, Australia


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

10:45am

Scaling winning solutions from the 2018 Inspire Challenge
Last year's Inspire Challenge winners have an opportunity to win an additional $250,000 scaling grant. You'll hear what they've achieved since winning the 2018 Challenge, and their pitch for increasing impact by scaling their solution.



Thursday October 17, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

11:45am

Introduction to the afternoon sessions
We'll get an introduction to this afternoon's activities and a breakdown of how it all fits into the greater data ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for Sessie Burns

Sessie Burns

Consultant, A-M-Z


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:45am - 12:00pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

12:00pm

Lunch
Find your way to lunch and continue some engaging conversations.

Thursday October 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

12:30pm

Convention photo
Thursday October 17, 2019 12:30pm - 12:40pm
Guestle Courtyards ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: aWhere demo
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

aWhere demo available only Thursday.

Speakers
avatar for David Bergvinson

David Bergvinson

Chief Science Officer, aWhere


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Breakout 4 (New Sahel) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: GARDIAN demo
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities. GARDIAN demo available today only.

In support of CGIAR’s public goods mandate and Open Access and Data Management Policy, the Big Data Platform accelerated CGIAR efforts to make its research data and publications Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). Discovery of these key outputs for further research and innovation is now possible via a “one-stop” tool that enables search functionality across all thirty or so CGIAR Center data and publications repositories -- an exciting first. The tool, the Global Agricultural Research Data Innovation and Acceleration Network (GARDIAN) enables the discovery of about 94,000 publications and 2,300 datasets, with the ability to access most of these resources, and also allow geographic visualization of CGIAR’s mandate crops.

Speakers
avatar for Medha Devare

Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: Genebank tour
Limited Capacity full

Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Other activities to be added.

Speakers
avatar for Vania Azevedo

Vania Azevedo

Head-Genebank, ICRISAT


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Breakout 3 (Genomics 16A) ICRIST-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: Globus
Limited Capacity seats available

Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Gigabytes, terabytes, petabytes—research data is large and distributed. Globus, a non-profit service managed by the University of Chicago, is both an alliance and a suite of tools built around research data. Globus permits unified access to research data across all systems (high performance computing cluster, laptop, in-cloud or on-premise storage) using any existing identity. Globus lets you efficiently, securely, and reliably transfer data directly between systems separated by an office wall or an ocean. Application programming interfaces and software development kits empower users to create their own unique, integrated ecosystem of research data services and applications.

CGIAR Big Data Platform has completed integration of Globus with the CGIAR email active directory, and has a few pilot use-cases demonstrating the potential power of this shared service for connecting with partners and big-data enabling the agriculture development enterprise.

Speakers
avatar for Enrico Bonaiuti

Enrico Bonaiuti

MEL Specialist, ICARDA
Passionate about Results-Based Management, curious of ICT tools and certainly believer in humankind as the only way for sustainable solutions.
avatar for Ramkumar Tharmananthan

Ramkumar Tharmananthan

Senior Database Administrator, IWMI
avatar for David Wiberg

David Wiberg

Head of Hydroinformatics, IWMI
avatar for Leroy Mwanzia

Leroy Mwanzia

Chief Data Officer, CIAT - International Center for Tropical Agriculture


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Breakout 5A (212 / Bentley) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: ICRISAT tour
Limited Capacity full

Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Join for a tour of ICRISAT. Meet at the main entrance, next to Plenary 2 (Auditorium).

Speakers
avatar for Sobhan Sajja

Sobhan Sajja

Senior Scientist, ICRISAT
avatar for Murli Sharma

Murli Sharma

Senior Manager, ICRISAT


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: iHub tours
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Come to iHub for a tour, followed by lightning talks from some of the startups working there. Today, hear from:
  • Source Trace
  • Distinct Horizon
  • Kisan Raja

iHub is based at the ICRISAT’s headquarters in Hyderabad, a major hotbed of agritech startups and companies in India. This digital agricultural innovation platform was established to foster an ecosystem of collaboration between domain experts, software startups and entrepreneurs. It became evident that ICRISAT’s real comparative advantage in this domain was its ability to play a catalytic role in fostering the innovation ecosystem that could underpin digital led innovation in the small holder farming systems. Since Feb 2017, the ihub has incubated 16 digital agriculture startups that are each addressing a unique problem specific to agriculture, employing technologies ranging from computer vision to deep neural networks.


Speakers
avatar for Ram Dhulipala

Ram Dhulipala

Theme Leader - Digital Agriculture and Youth, ICRISAT


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
iHub ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: IoT field tour
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Speakers
avatar for Kanika Singh

Kanika Singh

Senior Scientific Officer, ICRISAT


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: Phenotype facilities tour
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Please meet at the front entrance to take a bus to the ICRISAT phenotype facility.

Speakers

Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: UAV demo for crop monitoring
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

UAV demo is available only on Thursday.

DRONE BASED AERIAL INTELLIGENCE AT WORK: MAPPING AND ANALYTICS OF CROP INFORMATION WITH MULTISPECTRAL AND THERMAL SENSORS

ICRISAT and Senseacre Labs will demonstrate LIVE world class drones in a systematic approach to PLAN – FLY – PROCESS – ANALYZE – PUBLISH - QUARANTINE. A 360-degree view of crop intelligence with plant protection and quarantine using UAV spraying drones.

Our research, deep domain and technology integration expertise in this area and readiness to provide digital and precision agri solutions using aerial multi spectral sensors to capture spectral imagery, process, analyze and publish results in OSAVI, NDVI, NDRE, CIR, DSM, ORTHOMOSAIC, CHLOROPHYLL map formats. Once we detect weed and pest we will quickly fly a plant protection spraying drone for necessary management in identified pockets. There are many advantages that can be reaped by Farmers, governments, researchers, manufacturers and other players in the eco system of agriculture with this data.

Speakers
avatar for Vinod Samanthula

Vinod Samanthula

CEO, Senseacre Labs LLP
An Alumni of IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore. Technology and Business Process Consulting Experience for 20+ years in leadership roles. Social impact investor in Agriculture, Healthcare and Water Sectors. Currently Founder and CEO of Senseacre Labs which is into Visual Intelligence using... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Reinforcement Learning for crop-management: Complementary Q&A session
Limited Capacity filling up

Bonus Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

This will be a follow-on discussion to the Reinforcement Learning for crop-management session on Wednesday.

Speakers
avatar for Romain Gautron

Romain Gautron

Data Scientist, CIAT
avatar for Philippe Preux

Philippe Preux

Professor, Université de Lille & Inria
“Philippe Preux, professor at Université de Lille, France, co-funder and head of INRIA SequeL [Sequential Learning] team, one of the leading Reinforcement Learning laboratories. Since past 12 years SequeL has been contributing to RL literature with major publications and actively... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Breakout 5C (Mind Seminar, upstairs) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Securing Trust - Why cybersecurity matters in digital agriculture (by invitation only)
Limited Capacity full

This is a two hour invite-only discussion, hosted by DAI, will focus on trust and cybersecurity considerations for digital agriculture solutions. The first hour will be dedicated to hearing from a panel of private sector representatives. During this conversation, the objective will be to outline the cybersecurity context for India and other countries around the globe. This panel discussion will touch on topics like why cybersecurity is relevant for the agriculture sector, what the risk environment looks like, efforts to mitigate them, and the challenges of data protection due to the borderless nature of the Internet. A second panel will share insights from the donor and implementing partner perspective. In particular, this discussion will focus on the implications of the cybersecurity environment for digital agriculture tools and explore questions like how these challenges are being addressed. The session will close with light networking to look for partnerships and opportunities to bring together new ideas from across the private sector and development community to further trust and cybersecurity for agriculture.

Moderators
avatar for Susannah Horton

Susannah Horton

Digital Associate, DAI
avatar for Ruth Sparrey

Ruth Sparrey

Director | Frontiers Team, DAI Europe Ltd

Speakers
avatar for Gopinath Koneti

Gopinath Koneti

Executive Director, KPMG India
avatar for Kalpana Regulagedda

Kalpana Regulagedda

Tata Institute of Social Sciences
avatar for Krista Baptista

Krista Baptista

Senior Director, Center for Digital Acceleration, DAI
avatar for Daniele Tricarico

Daniele Tricarico

Insights Director, AgriTech, GSMA
avatar for Lovneesh Chanana

Lovneesh Chanana

Vice President, SAP


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Breakout 6 (Great Lakes) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

Innovation bazaar
Meet the 2018 Inspire Challenge winners and 2019 finalists who will showcase their innovations in their exhibition booths. Engage with the 2018 winners who will provide the insights and progress they have made since last year.


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

CoP technical session: Calling on big data doctors to cure big livestock data gaps
Limited Capacity filling up

We need your help! How can big data address the unique challenges of closing livestock data gaps? Data on animal health and productivity is scarce, often of poor quality, disparate and often inaccessible. We invite the Big Data community to share their expertise and suggestions in a friendly brainstorming session aimed at tackling some of the biggest livestock data challenges. Let’s jointly explore solutions such as text mining, visualisations, systematic maps and more.

Speakers
avatar for Louise Donnison

Louise Donnison

Senior Data scientist, University of Edinburgh
avatar for Vanessa Meadu

Vanessa Meadu

Communications and Knowledge Exchange Specialist, SEBI - Supporting Evidence Based Interventions
I lead communications and knowledge exchange activities for SEBI as well as the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of Practice.



Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Breakout 2C (Boardroom, upstairs) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

CoP technical session: Georeferenced data for machine learning applications
Limited Capacity full

Earth observations (EO) provide reliable and temporally consistent data globally. Machine Learning (ML) techniques enable us to use these data and develop data-driven models to detect anomalies, identify patterns, and predict future states, among other applications. However, these techniques rely on training data to build a model. In the context of agriculture, training data can include variables such as the location of farms (e.g plot boundaries), crop type, temporal information of crop growth stage, crop yield, management practices, and many other categories depending on the problem of interest. A majority of these variables can only be measured with ground referencing which requires extensive resources. Therefore, it is necessary to standardize ground referencing best practices to maximize the use of these training data, and build benchmarks to evaluate models’ accuracy.

Existing ground referencing efforts are not aimed to develop training data for EO applications; as a result, in many cases the variables and collected metadata lack enough granularity to be used with EO to build ML models. This session aims to bring together ML, EO and agricultural experts to draft a set of best practices for ground referencing and metadata collection. Our goal is to review the challenges with existing approaches for ground referencing used by different groups (both at CGIAR centers and outside). Then, we will have a technical group discussion to develop a framework for future ground referencing campaigns. This framework will include specific metadata fields that would be required to generate training data as well as best practices to assess and report uncertainty in the data. We plan to share the framework with the broader community after the workshop to get feedback and progressively update it.

In this session, we will discuss the following questions:

1. Why do we need georeferenced data?
2. What does the ideal georeferenced data look like?
3. What is the current status of georeferenced data collection and management in CGIAR?
4. What are the challenges of collecting and sharing georeferenced data?
5. What are the strategies to address the challenges?
6. What are the best practices for managing georeferenced data and sharing them?

We will organize the session in the following order:

1. Alando (15 min): Introduction on why we need good georeferenced data and what the current status
2. Murali (15 min): Example at ICRISAT on what types of georeferenced data are collected and how they are used in research
3. Todd (15 min): Current status of georeferenced data collection in CGIAR
4. Rob (15 min): Best practices of georeferenced data collection, management, and sharing
5. Group discussion and Q&A (30 min): Strategies for addressing challenges and formulating recommendations




Moderators
avatar for Jawoo Koo

Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Speakers
avatar for Alando Ballantyne

Alando Ballantyne

Geospatial Machine Learning Engineer, Radiant Earth Foundation
avatar for Murali Gumma

Murali Gumma

Head – Remote Sensing / GIS Lab, ISD, ICRISAT
Murali Gumma leads the RS-GIS unit, and conducts research in spatial aspects of agricultural research providing spatial dimension to almost all the components of agriculture. Prior to this he was a Remote Sensing Specialist and Post-doctoral fellow at IRRI. Before that he was a project... Read More →
avatar for Todd Slind

Todd Slind

Vice President Open Data and Development, Critigen
avatar for Rob Strey

Rob Strey

CTO, PEAT GmbH // Plantix
Plantix is the biggest agricultural app worldwide with more than 1Million farmer using it every month.I am interested in pretty much everything related to small holder farming, but especially in big data, modelling, deep learning and punk.please feel free to reach out to me via r... Read More →
avatar for David Hughes

David Hughes

Professor, Penn State/UN FAO
I am interested in leveraging technology for smallholder farmers as a global public good



Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Breakout 5A (212 / Bentley) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

CoP technical session: Interoperability of socio-economic data
Since the start of the  community of practice on socio-economic data , one of the first things that emerged from the discussions was the recognition that any form of standardization in the socio-economic domain was conspicuously absent. In an effort to redress the challenges facing socio-economic data reuse and data interoperability, three working groups emerged. The working group 100Q focused on identifying key indicators and related questions that are commonly used and could be used as a standard approach to ensure data sets are comparable over time and space. The working group SociO! focused on the development of a socio-economic ontology with accepted standardized terms to be used in controlled vocabularies linked to socio-economic data sets. The working group OIMS focused on the development of a flexible and extensible, ontology-agnostic, human-intelligible and machine-readable metadata schema to accompany socio-economic data sets.

Recently the work of 100Q was completed with the report “Towards a core approach for cross-sectional farm household survey data collection: a tiered setup for quantifying key farm and livelihood indicators” [link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WLg_67GnVQY18MqHSlR9tXwse-7KenAW/view]
Information on the socio-economic ontology SociO! is vailable through the CoP SED website. [Link:https://sites.google.com/view/copsed-shared-space/working-groups/socio]
More information on OIMS can be found through the CoP SED website [link:https://sites.google.com/view/copsed-shared-space/working-groups/oims]

Speakers
avatar for Soonho Kim

Soonho Kim

Senior Data Manager, IFPRI
avatar for Gideon Kruseman

Gideon Kruseman

Big data focal point | coordinator CoP SED, CIMMYT
Digital trust and transparency technology enthusiast, concerned about ethics, privacy, data confidentiality and cybersecurity in relation to farmer data, and working on making messy socio-economic data FAIRER


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

CoP technical session: Ontology driven annotation workflow – needs and perspectives
Limited Capacity filling up

Digital agriculture relies increasingly on the generation of large quantity of data and their analysis. However, data are often collected, described, and stored in inconsistent ways, making data manipulation challenging and time-consuming. This situation impedes data comparison, mining and interpretation for meta-analysis, as well as data reuse in models and decision-support tools. The use of ontologies for metadata and for data annotation play a key role in addressing these challenges.
This session will provide an introduction on use of ontologies to enhance data annotation followed by a presentation on how the annotation tool COPO facilitates this operation and how Gardian eases the search among annotated data. The presentations will be followed by a discussion with the speakers and the audience.

Speakers
avatar for Felix Shaw

Felix Shaw

Research Software Engineer, Earlham Institute
avatar for Anthony Etuk

Anthony Etuk

Research Software Engineer, Earlham Institute



Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Breakout 3 (Genomics 16A) ICRIST-HQ

2:00pm

CoP technical session: Open validation standards for digital services in agriculture
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us in this session where we will be jointly working on the co-development of a roadmap for validating digital tools. 

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Florey

Carolyn Florey

Technology for Development Lead, International Rice Research Institute
avatar for Anton Eitzinger

Anton Eitzinger

Scientist, CIAT
I am a Geospatial Modeler and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist. I am interested in assessing the impact of climate change on crop systems and the vulnerability of farming communities. Further, I am interested in monitoring of local adaptation processes and crowd-sourcing of agricultural... Read More →
avatar for Wietske Kropff

Wietske Kropff

Coordinator, CIAT


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Breakout 4 (New Sahel) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

CoP technical session: Trusting datasets for crop modeling purposes
Limited Capacity full

This Session aligns with the "minimum data requirements" webinar organized by the CoP on Crop Modeling recently.

Modelers are often frustrated because much of the research information available in crop data sets worldwide is either not in model-friendly format or lacks key information to permit reliable simulations. On the other hand, crop researchers need to have some general guidelines about the minimum data they need to collect for making their experimental data more useful for the research community. Different classes of 'minimum' modeling data sets that are more realistic for researchers are needed for permitting modeling to be performed at different levels of sophistication, while making far more of the crop data sets collected by researchers worldwide model friendly.

The objective of the session is working towards making more experimental data available for modeling purposes. Based on the feedback from experts, AgMIP members, and the Crop Modeling Community members, we will present data sets customized to different modeling purposes and agreed standards for different levels of data comprehensiveness–corresponding to the degree of sophistication of modeling objectives.

Speakers
avatar for Gerrit Hoogenboom

Gerrit Hoogenboom

Professor, University of Florida
avatar for Cheryl Porter

Cheryl Porter

Coordinator, Computer Research Applications, University of Florida
Data interoperability tools for quantitative analyses.
avatar for Medha Devare

Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR
avatar for Abhishek Rathore

Abhishek Rathore

Principal Scientist & Theme Leader (SBDM), ICRISAT
Dr. Abhishek Rathore is Principal Scientist and Theme Leader (SBDM) at ICRISAT. He is an expert in Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Designing and Analysis of Experimental Trials, QTL Mapping and Genetic Map Construction. During the training he will be taking classes on good... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Paul Reynolds

Matthew Paul Reynolds

Head of Wheat Physiology, CIMMYT
avatar for Kai Sonder

Kai Sonder

Head GIS Unit, CIMMYT



Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Breakout 2A (SatVenture) ICRISAT-HQ

3:30pm

Coffee Break
Thursday October 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

4:00pm

CoP engagement session: Better data for better decisions in the livestock sector
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us to discuss how data innovations can to help decision makers make evidence-based investments. The Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of Practice is working to transform decision-making in the livestock sector. In addition to offering a community space for exchange and collaboration, LD4D is developing targeted products. We will demo the portal livestockdata.org (currently under development), which brings together key sources of livestock evidence generated by the LD4D community. The site presents hard to reach data in a compelling and interactive way with the ultimate goal of helping to support evidence-based decisions.

Speakers
avatar for Louise Donnison

Louise Donnison

Senior Data scientist, University of Edinburgh
avatar for Vanessa Meadu

Vanessa Meadu

Communications and Knowledge Exchange Specialist, SEBI - Supporting Evidence Based Interventions
I lead communications and knowledge exchange activities for SEBI as well as the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of Practice.


Thursday October 17, 2019 4:00pm - 4:40pm
Breakout 2C (Boardroom, upstairs) ICRISAT-HQ

4:00pm

CoP engagement session: Bridging the "Data Gap" between crop modelers and researchers
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session we will present a first technical draft that describes the main categories of modeling identified and agreed standards for different levels of data comprehensiveness–corresponding to the degree of sophistication of modeling objectives. The objective is to achieve an agreement about the experimental parameters needed that are realistic for researchers, permitting modeling to be performed at different levels of sophistication, while making far more of the crop data sets collected by researchers worldwide model friendly.
The results from this exercise will be captured as a recommendations report that will be published and shared among CGIAR centers and collaborators.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Paul Reynolds

Matthew Paul Reynolds

Head of Wheat Physiology, CIMMYT
avatar for Diego Pequeno

Diego Pequeno

Associate Scientist, Wheat Crop Modeler, CIMMYT
avatar for Kai Sonder

Kai Sonder

Head GIS Unit, CIMMYT



Thursday October 17, 2019 4:00pm - 4:40pm
Breakout 2A (SatVenture) ICRISAT-HQ

4:00pm

CoP engagement session: Data-driven agronomy
Limited Capacity full

TBA

Speakers
avatar for Anton Eitzinger

Anton Eitzinger

Scientist, CIAT
I am a Geospatial Modeler and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist. I am interested in assessing the impact of climate change on crop systems and the vulnerability of farming communities. Further, I am interested in monitoring of local adaptation processes and crowd-sourcing of agricultural... Read More →
avatar for Wietske Kropff

Wietske Kropff

Coordinator, CIAT
avatar for Zia Mehrabi

Zia Mehrabi

Research Associate, University of British Columbia
Zia Mehrabi is a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. His research interests include food systems, climate change and agricultural technology. He is a contributing author to The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 4:00pm - 4:40pm
Breakout 4 (New Sahel) ICRISAT-HQ

4:00pm

CoP engagement session: Geospatial data science applications by partners (Esri, Plantix, and Radiant Earth)
Limited Capacity full

One of the key roles the Communities of Practice play in CGIAR is to connect researchers in Centers with technical partners. Big Data Convention is one of the ways that our partners directly engage with CGIAR. In this session, CGIAR's technical partners specialized in analyzing geospatial data will showcase their latest work and discuss how their new products and services will contribute to agricultural research and development activities.

Modern GIS Technologies in Deep Learning and Data Sciences
Krishna Rao, Esri India

Ground Reference Data Guidelines and Best Practices
Alando Ballantyne, Radiant Earth

Warning a million smallholder farmers of crop disease outbreaks in real-time with Plantix
Joey Faulkner, Plantix

Moderators
avatar for Jawoo Koo

Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Speakers
KR

Krishna Rao TVB

Senior Technology Architect, Esri India Technologies
avatar for Alando Ballantyne

Alando Ballantyne

Geospatial Machine Learning Engineer, Radiant Earth Foundation
avatar for Joseph Faulkner

Joseph Faulkner

Head of Crop Modelling, Plantix
I take the data generated by Plantix and create insights and features to help our users. Talk to me about disease modelling, data science, smallholder farming, satellite analysis, or anything else. :)



Thursday October 17, 2019 4:00pm - 4:40pm
Breakout 5A (212 / Bentley) ICRISAT-HQ

4:00pm

CoP engagement session: The ontologies CoP needs you!
Limited Capacity full

You will be informed why to use ontologies, what are the activities of the Ontologies CoP and how to engage with us.

Speakers
avatar for Abhishek Rathore

Abhishek Rathore

Principal Scientist & Theme Leader (SBDM), ICRISAT
Dr. Abhishek Rathore is Principal Scientist and Theme Leader (SBDM) at ICRISAT. He is an expert in Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Designing and Analysis of Experimental Trials, QTL Mapping and Genetic Map Construction. During the training he will be taking classes on good... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Arnaud

Elizabeth Arnaud

Scientist, Ontologies CoP leader, Bioversity International
Elizabeth Arnaud leads the Crop Ontology project at Bioversity International and coordinate the Ontology CoP of CGIAR Big data Platform. She organizes and chairs workshops on semantics for harmonization of phenotypic and agronomic data. In a carreer at Bioversity, Elizabeth coordinated... Read More →
avatar for Celine Aubert

Celine Aubert

Research assistant, Bioversity International
avatar for Soonho Kim

Soonho Kim

Senior Data Manager, IFPRI
avatar for Marie-Angelique Laporte

Marie-Angelique Laporte

Associate Scientist, Bioversity International
avatar for Karen Marshall

Karen Marshall

Research Scientist, ILRI
avatar for Jacquie Muliro

Jacquie Muliro

Research Knowledge and Data Manager, WorldFish


Thursday October 17, 2019 4:00pm - 4:40pm
Breakout 3 (Genomics 16A) ICRIST-HQ

4:00pm

CoP engagement session: Towards a learning platform on DLT
Lack of trust and transparency in input value chains is at the root of low adoption of new agricultural technology and hence the persistence of severe yield gaps in our target geographies. Lack of transparency in the provenance of food is hampering the valorization of hidden characteristics such as sustainable intensification practices, and bio-fortification and is sustaining food safety concerns around for instance aflatoxins. Digital trust and transparency technology solutions are experiencing rapid uptake in high-income countries. In order to make these technologies accessible and useable in dynamic and more complex agri-food systems in our target geographies requires an open and inclusive testing and learning platform where proofs-of-concept and pilots, both the use cases that succeeded and those that failed, are showcased based on rigorous scientific research on what worked or didn’t work and why in terms of the technologies, the business models, the partnerships, the institutional arrangements and governance structures. Once these are tested and evaluated using rigorous scientific research they can form a body of pre-competitive knowledge to accelerate and enhance the uptake of digital trust and transparency solutions to address the wicked challenges in our target geographies.

CIMMYT, CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, CTA and The Fork are developing a Digital Trust and Transparency Technology Testing and Learning Platform. In this session key partners of this initiative will explain the concepts and there will be open discussion on how this can help you navigate dynamic complex agri-food system challenges using technology within a socio-economic ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for Gideon Kruseman

Gideon Kruseman

Big data focal point | coordinator CoP SED, CIMMYT
Digital trust and transparency technology enthusiast, concerned about ethics, privacy, data confidentiality and cybersecurity in relation to farmer data, and working on making messy socio-economic data FAIRER
avatar for Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt

Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt

Founder, The Fork
We enable integer food systems with blockchain technology
avatar for Chris Addison

Chris Addison

Senior Program Coordinator, CTA


Thursday October 17, 2019 4:00pm - 4:40pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

4:00pm

Innovation bazaar (cont.)
Meet the 2018 Inspire Challenge winners and 2019 finalists who will showcase their innovations in their exhibition booths. Engage with the 2018 winners who will provide the insights and progress they have made since last year.


Thursday October 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

4:50pm

CoP engagement session: Better data for better decisions in the livestock sector
Limited Capacity full

Join us to discuss how data innovations can to help decision makers make evidence-based investments. The Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of Practice is working to transform decision-making in the livestock sector. In addition to offering a community space for exchange and collaboration, LD4D is developing targeted products. We will demo the portal livestockdata.org (currently under development), which brings together key sources of livestock evidence generated by the LD4D community. The site presents hard to reach data in a compelling and interactive way with the ultimate goal of helping to support evidence-based decisions.

Speakers
avatar for Louise Donnison

Louise Donnison

Senior Data scientist, University of Edinburgh
avatar for Vanessa Meadu

Vanessa Meadu

Communications and Knowledge Exchange Specialist, SEBI - Supporting Evidence Based Interventions
I lead communications and knowledge exchange activities for SEBI as well as the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of Practice.


Thursday October 17, 2019 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Breakout 2C (Boardroom, upstairs) ICRISAT-HQ

4:50pm

CoP engagement session: Bridging the "Data Gap" between crop modelers and researchers
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session we will present a first technical draft that describes the main categories of modeling identified and agreed standards for different levels of data comprehensiveness–corresponding to the degree of sophistication of modeling objectives. The objective is to achieve an agreement about the experimental parameters needed that are realistic for researchers, permitting modeling to be performed at different levels of sophistication, while making far more of the crop data sets collected by researchers worldwide model friendly.
The results from this exercise will be captured as a recommendations report that will be published and shared among CGIAR centers and collaborators .

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Paul Reynolds

Matthew Paul Reynolds

Head of Wheat Physiology, CIMMYT
avatar for Diego Pequeno

Diego Pequeno

Associate Scientist, Wheat Crop Modeler, CIMMYT
avatar for Kai Sonder

Kai Sonder

Head GIS Unit, CIMMYT


Thursday October 17, 2019 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Breakout 2A (SatVenture) ICRISAT-HQ

4:50pm

CoP engagement session: Data confidentiality at the heart of trust
Knowledge management has been recognized as a critical enabling factor for healthy agri-food systems, required to generate contextual information, processes and experiences, in order to improve productivity, increase profitability, reliability and resilience. Blockchain technology for data management ensures maximum transparency and protection / confidentiality in the collection, sharing and use of contributor data. This guarantees the customer the traceability (origin, acquisition methods, etc.), the validity (maintenance of data) and the exploitability of all data exchanged and used. In this session on technologies and practices for privacy and self sovereign identity: there will be some messages from key players working on this topic who are unable to attend in person, Monique Morrow (https://www.moniquemorrow.com/humanized-internet), and Emmanuel Aldeguer (https://smartfarmers.org/). Jim Wilgenbusch will give a short introduction on mapping regulations and frameworks for responsible data to international technical standards. Gideon Kruseman coordinates the informal group of CGIAR IRB folks and pushing an agenda for better privacy protection while ensuring the maximum possible level of open data. He will discuss implications of what is happening in terms of privacy safeguards for international agricultural research. Rama Iyer will highlight an ongoing effort on using blockchain to anonomize a 30 year village household survey on food security while still enabling wider research.


Moderators
avatar for Gideon Kruseman

Gideon Kruseman

Big data focal point | coordinator CoP SED, CIMMYT
Digital trust and transparency technology enthusiast, concerned about ethics, privacy, data confidentiality and cybersecurity in relation to farmer data, and working on making messy socio-economic data FAIRER

Speakers
avatar for Rama Iyer

Rama Iyer

Chief Innovation Officer, T-Hub
Entrepreneurship and Innovation champion at T-Hub, India’s Largest startup ecosystem and Advisor to numerous startup’s, corporate and govt. organizations planning to roll out innovation programs. Rama is currently Senior Vice President; Head -Strategic Alliances & Innovation... Read More →
avatar for Jim Wilgenbush

Jim Wilgenbush

Director of Research Computing, University of Minnesota


Thursday October 17, 2019 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

4:50pm

CoP engagement session: Data-driven agronomy
Limited Capacity seats available

TBA

Speakers
avatar for Anton Eitzinger

Anton Eitzinger

Scientist, CIAT
I am a Geospatial Modeler and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist. I am interested in assessing the impact of climate change on crop systems and the vulnerability of farming communities. Further, I am interested in monitoring of local adaptation processes and crowd-sourcing of agricultural... Read More →
avatar for Wietske Kropff

Wietske Kropff

Coordinator, CIAT
avatar for Zia Mehrabi

Zia Mehrabi

Research Associate, University of British Columbia
Zia Mehrabi is a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. His research interests include food systems, climate change and agricultural technology. He is a contributing author to The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Breakout 4 (New Sahel) ICRISAT-HQ

4:50pm

CoP engagement session: Geospatial case studies
Limited Capacity filling up

High-resolution geospatial datasets are rapidly becoming available from multiple sources, opening new research possibilities across domains. Speakers of this session will present inspiring case studies of using geospatial data to inform nutrition intervention, assess food security, and support countries to adapt to climate change.

Machine learning tools for predicting developmental indicators using proxy data in India 
Subash Surendran Padmaja, ICAR-National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research

An online interactive platform for satellite-derived rainfall and temperature analytics and visualization
Faith Musili, ICRAF

Weather intelligence to support economic resilience to climate change: Case studies
David Bergvinson, aWhere

Moderators
avatar for Jawoo Koo

Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Speakers
avatar for Subash Surendran Padmaja

Subash Surendran Padmaja

Scientist (Agricultural Economics), ICAR-National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research
Subash S.P is a scientist (Agricultural Economics) with ICAR – NIAP, New Delhi. He started his career in ICAR with ICAR – NAARM, Hyderabad in July 2015. He is currently undertaking a project on Technology Foresight in Agriculture and was previously engaged in a project on Intellectual... Read More →
avatar for Faith Musili

Faith Musili

Junior data scientist, ICRAF
avatar for David Bergvinson

David Bergvinson

Chief Science Officer, aWhere



Thursday October 17, 2019 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Breakout 5A (212 / Bentley) ICRISAT-HQ

4:50pm

CoP engagement session: The ontologies CoP needs you!
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You will be informed why to use ontologies, what are the activities of the Ontologies CoP and how to engage with us.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Arnaud

Elizabeth Arnaud

Scientist, Ontologies CoP leader, Bioversity International
Elizabeth Arnaud leads the Crop Ontology project at Bioversity International and coordinate the Ontology CoP of CGIAR Big data Platform. She organizes and chairs workshops on semantics for harmonization of phenotypic and agronomic data. In a carreer at Bioversity, Elizabeth coordinated... Read More →
avatar for Celine Aubert

Celine Aubert

Research assistant, Bioversity International
avatar for Soonho Kim

Soonho Kim

Senior Data Manager, IFPRI
avatar for Marie-Angelique Laporte

Marie-Angelique Laporte

Associate Scientist, Bioversity International
avatar for Karen Marshall

Karen Marshall

Research Scientist, ILRI
avatar for Jacquie Muliro

Jacquie Muliro

Research Knowledge and Data Manager, WorldFish


Thursday October 17, 2019 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Breakout 3 (Genomics 16A) ICRIST-HQ

5:30pm

Reception
Join your colleagues in the courtyard for some hors d'oeuvres and a drink. You might just catch some folks you didn't get to talk with at the Innovation Bazaar before they close down for the day, too! What did you think of day two? Which Community of Practice do you want to get involved with? Are you excited about tomorrow's final pitches for the 2019 Inspire Challenge Finalists?

Thursday October 17, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Guestle Courtyards ICRISAT-HQ

6:15pm

Bus loading: Departure at 6:30PM from ICRISAT
Busses will go from ICRISAT to Trident Hotel.

Thursday October 17, 2019 6:15pm - 6:30pm
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India

7:15pm

Bus loading: Departure at 7:15PM from ICRISAT
Busses will go from ICRISAT to Trident Hotel.

Thursday October 17, 2019 7:15pm - 7:30pm
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India
 
Friday, October 18
 

6:15am

Day 3 theme: Trust & building the future
Looking to the future, how do we build and then use trust for sustained food security?

Friday October 18, 2019 6:15am - 11:00pm
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India

7:00am

Bus loading: Departure at 7:15AM and 7:30 AM
For those staying at Trident Hotel, please note that busses to ICRISAT will leave from the MAIN LOBBY at 7:15AM and 7:30AM.

Additional busses will leave at 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM.

Friday October 18, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India

7:30am

Morning Coffee
Get a jump start on the final day of the convention with coffee and snacks while you investigate the tool exchange, where folks will share tools they've created or use, or chat amongst the Bazaar Booths in the courtyards.

Friday October 18, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

8:30am

Plenary 1.1: Fintech, meet agtech
Food security researchers are getting very good at predicting outcomes, evaluating impacts, and making recommendations related to virtually every aspect of food system transformation, including access to finance and the role of financial services. This could be strengthened through more exposure to and collaboration with the fintech space, where technologies and business models are rapidly evolving. Conversely, the kinds of analysis conducted by CGIAR and partners into responsible sourcing, sustainable farming, climatic risk and adaptation have tremendous potential value that is underutilized in furthering access to finance. How can we bring these two broad domains together? What are the analytics and business models that can drive food system transformation through such digital cross-pollination?

Moderators
avatar for Abhay Pareek

Abhay Pareek

DFS Expert, United Nations Capital Development Fund
avatar for Jaspreet Singh

Jaspreet Singh

Digital Technical Specialist, United Nations Capital Development Fund

Speakers
avatar for Ritu Verma

Ritu Verma

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Ankur Capital



Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:10am
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

8:30am

Plenary 2: Data science showcase II
This plenary will showcase agricultural data science applications from CGIAR researchers and discuss how best their work can be supported by the Platform and partners.

Pre-harvest loss estimation using satellite remote sensing images calibrated with drone data in Tanzania
Soonho Kim, IFPRI
  • Categories: Classification, Regression, Model selection
  • Algorithms: Random forest, Neural network, Support vector machine 
  • Frameworks: Torch/PyTorch 

Computational approaches for improving acute malnutrition treatment in sub-Saharan Africa
Lillian Peterson, Los Alamos High School
  • Category: Regression
  • Algorithm: Random forest
  • Framework: scikit-learn

AI-enabled pest and disease forecasting 
Julian Ramirez-Villegas, CIAT
  • Categories: Classification, Regression
  • Algorithms: Random forest, logistic mixed-effects regression model

Poverty and climate in Africa south of the Sahara
Carlo Azzarri, IFPRI
  • Category: Regression
  • Algorithm: Econometrics

Mapping a suitable niche for cultivating cactus as an integrated crop in dryland farming
Chandrashekhar Biradar, ICARDA
  • Categories: Classification, Clustering
  • Algorithms: Random forest, AHP
  • Framework: Tensor Flow 

Monitoring cropland using Machine learning algorithms
Murali Gumma, ICRISAT

Application of IoT ecosystems in agriculture
Himanshu Pathak, IFPRI
  • Categories: Classification, Clustering
  • Algorithms: Deep learning, Image recognition
  • Framework: Tensor Flow

Moderators
avatar for Jawoo Koo

Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Speakers
avatar for Soonho Kim

Soonho Kim

Senior Data Manager, IFPRI
avatar for Lillian Peterson

Lillian Peterson

Student, Los Alamos High School
Lillian Petersen uses big data to investigate climate, agriculture, malnutrition, and poverty in developing countries. She specializes in remote monitoring as an early warning tool. In her talk, she will focus on her work to predict crop harvests in every country in Africa. Lillian... Read More →
avatar for Julian Ramirez-Villegas

Julian Ramirez-Villegas

Climate Impacts Scientist, CIAT
avatar for Carlo Azzarri

Carlo Azzarri

Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
Carlo Azzarri is a core member of the HarvestChoice team. Prior to joining IFPRI, Carlo was a team member of the Living Standard Measurements Study (LSMS) of the research group (poverty and inequality) at the World Bank. He was also a member of the Rural Income Generating Activities... Read More →
avatar for Chandrashekhar Biradar

Chandrashekhar Biradar

Head- Geoinformatics Units, ICARDA CGIAR
avatar for Murali Gumma

Murali Gumma

Head – Remote Sensing / GIS Lab, ISD, ICRISAT
Murali Gumma leads the RS-GIS unit, and conducts research in spatial aspects of agricultural research providing spatial dimension to almost all the components of agriculture. Prior to this he was a Remote Sensing Specialist and Post-doctoral fellow at IRRI. Before that he was a project... Read More →
avatar for Himanshu Pathak

Himanshu Pathak

Research Analyst, International Food Policy Research Institute



Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

9:10am

Plenary 1.2: Introduction to innovation pipeline
We'll take a look at the progress made by the Inspire Challenge Scale-up awardees from last year to frame the following discussion on innovation pipelines.

Moderators
avatar for David Bergvinson

David Bergvinson

Chief Science Officer, aWhere

Speakers

Friday October 18, 2019 9:10am - 9:25am
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

9:25am

Plenary 1.3: Financing innovation pipeline for global food security
Once we have sourced strong innovations, how can we then build the right pathways to success and adoption? How can we help different types of innovations (some more commercializable than others) find a path to greater impact and scale? Where should innovation strategy and finance intersect to make this happen?

Moderators
avatar for David Bergvinson

David Bergvinson

Chief Science Officer, aWhere

Speakers
avatar for Abhilash Sethi

Abhilash Sethi

Principal, Omnivore
avatar for Ana Castillo Leska

Ana Castillo Leska

PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT OFFICE, IDB LAB/ IDB


Friday October 18, 2019 9:25am - 10:00am
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

10:00am

Coffee Break
Miss your second cup of coffee this morning? Find a hot beverage and some snacks, and maybe introduce yourself to someone you've been looking to connect with over the last few days!

Friday October 18, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

10:30am

Plenary 1: Building enabling environments
This parallel plenary session will cover two important topics in building enabling environments:

(10:30AM) What is holding back collective action and scaling of AgR4D innovations? - Agricultural Research-for-Development (AgR4D) struggles to scale innovations intended to reach smallholder farmers, cooperatives and SMEs in emerging markets. In an effort to better understand the constraints to collective action and scaling, the CGIAR Platform for Big Data and One Planet Solutions are consulting a broad range of participants across the global AgriFood Tech ecosystem, including (impact investors, established companies, start-ups, public research organizations, and others). There is emerging consensus that the world needs new, expansive alliances to build climate-resilient food systems. Efforts to build them have shown promise, but successful examples in AgR4D are few and far between. In this session we examine the bottlenecks to scaling/adoption, aligning interests across an array of actors, and collaboration models/tools that could begin to serve as a unifying framework for more effective collective action.
   Rodrigo Sara
   Christian Merz
   Shruti Srivastava

   Madhur Jain

(11:15 AM) Innovation places and processes - The Convention is an exciting time for innovation, and the Inspire Challenge is an important part of the Platform and its reason for being. What does it mean to create space for innovation, both literally and figuratively? In this session, we'll hear about findings on the Inspire Challenge from last year, and from some experts working on building the right environments for innovation.
   Kelly Wong
   Ram Dhulipala
   Carolina Roa

   Yvonne Pinto
   Shanta Thoutam


Moderators
avatar for Rodrigo Sara

Rodrigo Sara

Consultant
avatar for Kelly Wong

Kelly Wong

Research Scientist, University of Maryland and UBDPllc

Speakers
avatar for Shanta Thoutam

Shanta Thoutam

VP, T Hub
avatar for Christian Merz

Christian Merz

Senior Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ
avatar for Shruti Srivastava

Shruti Srivastava

Principal, Omnivore
avatar for Madhur Jain

Madhur Jain

India Country Director, Precision Agriculture for Development
avatar for Ram Dhulipala

Ram Dhulipala

Theme Leader - Digital Agriculture and Youth, ICRISAT
avatar for Carolina Roa

Carolina Roa

Intellectual Property Manager, CIAT
avatar for Yvonne

Yvonne

Managing Director, ALINE Impact Ltd


Friday October 18, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

10:30am

Plenary 2: Can we really eat within planetary boundaries?
The recently released EAT-Lancet report made waves through food security research, identifying a diet that would sustain humans and the planet – and arguing that while the challenge is daunting, that shifting to healthy diets has significant positive impacts on environmental sustainability. The work is an achievement, and yet, it raises inevitable questions such as: how precise are these boundaries and what is the cost of transgressing them? Are there fundamental trade-offs between food and environmental security? Can’t technology reduce the environmental impacts of meat? Are livestock and climate fundamentally at odds? Does the universal nature of the healthy diets, and sustainable food production overly restrict intervention options and obliterate individual choice? The first half of the session will both give a detailed look at the EAT-Lancet Commission and will dive into these fundamental questions.

Moderators
avatar for Fabrice DeClerck

Fabrice DeClerck

Science Director, EAT/Alliance of Bioversity & CIAT

Speakers
avatar for Medha Devare

Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR
JK

Joanna Kane-Potaka

ADG - SM&ER, ICRISAT
avatar for David Wiberg

David Wiberg

Head of Hydroinformatics, IWMI
avatar for Alex Tilley

Alex Tilley

Scientist, WorldFish
My research focuses on understanding how better data can lead to improved food systems and livelihoods in aquatic systems. I develop and test digital reporting systems and automatic analytics to obtain reliable near-real time data for adaptive management and empowerment of small-scale... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Associate Scientist, Bioversity International
Geospatial data analyst with a focus on agrobiodiversity and ecosystem services


Friday October 18, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

12:00pm

Lunch
Find your way to lunch, and maybe discuss your takeaways from this morning's sessions.

Friday October 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: AgroFIMS demo
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities, including play with the AgroFIMS Prototype [only available Wednesday and Friday].

AgroFIMS (Agronomy Field Information Management System) consists of a web application that enables the creation of a field data collection template with standardized variables that are concepts in the Agronomy Ontology, relevant crop ontologies, and other related ontologies. This approach enables easy data comparison, aggregation, mining and interpretation, and data reuse across projects, and in analyses, models and decision-support tools. Ontologies proffer further advantages for data mining and exploration, including the possibility for making inferences, and connecting with Linked Data in other related domains (e.g. nutrition and health). The AgroFIMS variables are sorted into a series of modules representing the typical cycle of operations in agronomic trial management, such as: land preparation, irrigation, weeding, soil fertility, weather and soil parameters, biotic and abiotic stress observation and control, and more. The fieldbook application will allow the creation of data collection sheets using the same base set of semantics, including variables, terminology, units, protocols, etc., enabling standardization in data collection and description and linkages with breeding and other related data. In addition, AgroFIMS promotes digital collection of data to reduce error and ease data collection via an in-development mobile app that will allow data collection in the field; it is also possible to adapt AgroFIMS to other digital data collection platforms such as ODK.

Speakers
avatar for Medha Devare

Medha Devare

Module Lead, Big Data Platform, CGIAR


Friday October 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: Genebank tour
Limited Capacity full

Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Other activities to be added.

Speakers
avatar for Vania Azevedo

Vania Azevedo

Head-Genebank, ICRISAT


Friday October 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Breakout 3 (Genomics 16A) ICRIST-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: ICRISAT tour
Limited Capacity full

Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Join for a tour of ICRISAT. Meet at the main entrance, next to Plenary 2 (Auditorium).

Speakers
avatar for Sobhan Sajja

Sobhan Sajja

Senior Scientist, ICRISAT
avatar for Murli Sharma

Murli Sharma

Senior Manager, ICRISAT


Friday October 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: ICTforAg mini-report
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

This is a discussion-based session connecting ICTforAg and BIG DATA Platform Convention.

ICTforAg 2019, hosted by USAID Bureau for Food Security, and DAI brought together private and public sector actors to discuss how digital tools and technologies can build a resilient community for smallholder farmers across the globe. The one-day conference highlighted the importance of data use, private sector engagement, collaboration, and building enabling environments for digital tool creation and adoption.

ICTforAg 2019 also identified the importance of consistent communication between stakeholders. Conventions, conferences, and global events are a key place for these interactions to take place – including both ICTforAg and the CGIAR BIG DATA Convention.

This session will explore ways in which build off the momentum of these events to answer key questions in digital technologies, agriculture, and research. How can attendees of the BIG DATA Convention connect with their ICTforAg counterparts? Why are these pathways for engagement necessary in the agriculture community and how can we improve upon them?

Speakers
avatar for Sessie Burns

Sessie Burns

Consultant, A-M-Z
avatar for Krista Baptista

Krista Baptista

Senior Director, Center for Digital Acceleration, DAI


Friday October 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Breakout 5A (212 / Bentley) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: iHub tours
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Come to iHub for a tour, followed by lightning talks from some of the startups working there. Today, hear from:
  • Keansa Solutions
  • Sri Shakti Alternate Energy
  • TechDNA

iHub is based at the ICRISAT’s headquarters in Hyderabad, a major hotbed of agritech startups and companies in India. This digital agricultural innovation platform was established to foster an ecosystem of collaboration between domain experts, software startups and entrepreneurs. It became evident that ICRISAT’s real comparative advantage in this domain was its ability to play a catalytic role in fostering the innovation ecosystem that could underpin digital led innovation in the small holder farming systems. Since Feb 2017, the ihub has incubated 16 digital agriculture startups that are each addressing a unique problem specific to agriculture, employing technologies ranging from computer vision to deep neural networks.

Friday October 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
iHub ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: Livestock ontologies working group discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Discussion bringing together participants from LD4D and the ontologies working groups.

Speakers
avatar for Louise Donnison

Louise Donnison

Senior Data scientist, University of Edinburgh
avatar for Elizabeth Arnaud

Elizabeth Arnaud

Scientist, Ontologies CoP leader, Bioversity International
Elizabeth Arnaud leads the Crop Ontology project at Bioversity International and coordinate the Ontology CoP of CGIAR Big data Platform. She organizes and chairs workshops on semantics for harmonization of phenotypic and agronomic data. In a carreer at Bioversity, Elizabeth coordinated... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Meadu

Vanessa Meadu

Communications and Knowledge Exchange Specialist, SEBI - Supporting Evidence Based Interventions
I lead communications and knowledge exchange activities for SEBI as well as the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of Practice.


Friday October 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Breakout 6 (Great Lakes) ICRISAT-HQ

1:00pm

Exploration hour: Phenotype facilities tour
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Please meet at the front entrance to take a bus to the ICRISAT phenotype facility.

Speakers

Friday October 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

1:30pm

IoT reference architecture
Exploration Hour is a time for you to choose from a variety of hands-on activities.

Sensor technologies equip breeders and agronomists to measure plant development with great precision, and yet it can be a challenge to navigate commercial offerings and evaluate potential return on investment in IoT networks. The BIG DATA Platform, with input from researchers at CIAT and ICRISAT, has invested in a review of some of the common commercial offerings and the literature as well as research needs to arrive at a first proposal of a.reference architecture for IoT networks that may be deployed at CGIAR research sites.

Speakers
avatar for Kanika Singh

Kanika Singh

Senior Scientific Officer, ICRISAT



Friday October 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

1:30pm

Build your own blockchain
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Ageer Akhil

Ageer Akhil

Developer, Eleven01


Friday October 18, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Breakout 4 (New Sahel) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

Architecture and innovation
Limited Capacity seats available

(2:00 PM) Unified information architecture for CGIAR - How can we implement a more unified pan-CGIAR ‘Enterprise Architecture Design’ vision? The BIG DATA Platform has been working with CGIAR centers and parters on a model to engage more stakeholders on how data and IT are aligned with the CGIAR strategy, thereby enabling us to talk to CGIAR decision makers and illustrate how IT contributes to the delivery of their outcomes.
   Thijs van den Broek

(2:45 PM) Startups, according to startups - Early findings from landscape research based on an online survey and focus groups with startups in India.
   Russell Southwood
   Kelly Wong

Speakers
avatar for Russell Southwood

Russell Southwood

CEO, Balancing Act
avatar for Kelly Wong

Kelly Wong

Research Scientist, University of Maryland and UBDPllc
avatar for Thijs van den Broek

Thijs van den Broek

Applied Intelligence Lead NL, Accenture Development Partnerships



Friday October 18, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Breakout 5A (212 / Bentley) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

AI in agriculture: What stands in the way?
Limited Capacity full

Over the next decade, expected advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) will hold a considerable potential to benefit the global food system and agricultural supply chains. However, not all supply chain echelons; infrastructures, processes and geographies, present conducive environments for AI integration and efficiency gains.

Constraints such as insufficient, inadequate or otherwise scarce technological apparatuses (e.g. sensors, broadband internet), human capital (e.g. technological literacy), financial capital, cultural factors, or operational standardizations (e.g. processes, data) limit the space for near-term AI deployment.

In this workshop we will build on the findings of a new CGIAR – Cambridge University experts' survey, and we will use Ishikawa Diagrams to map barriers and barriers removal options, in developing/developed countries, and small/large farms – for AI integration.

Participants should expect a dynamic exercise of problem-mapping and problem-solving around the integration of advanced technologies for global food security.

Speakers
avatar for Asaf Tzachor

Asaf Tzachor

Lead Researcher for Global Food Security, University of Cambridge



Friday October 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Breakout 6 (Great Lakes) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

Commons debate: Genetic resources, dematerialization, and benefits-sharing
Limited Capacity seats available

CGIAR's 11 genebanks preserve and regenerate some 750,000 varieties of crops that are important for food security. A majority of them are sourced from local farming environments and communities with an eye towards securing this critical legacy of human-kind and ensureing that enough genetic diversity is available to help with global food security challenges, such as climate adaptation. International agreements like the Nagoya Protocol, the Convention on Biodiversity, and the Internaitonal Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture enshrine the idea that the benefits of commercialization of genetic material should accrue at least in part back to communities and countries of origin of those resources, and CGIAR strives to be a responsible steward of these resources. As gene sequencing technology improves and becomes more accessible, increasingly the genetic resource need not be actual physical material, it can be genomics data instead. How can we navigate the resulting complexities so the benefits of the data use accue where they should?

Moderators
avatar for Rodrigo Sara

Rodrigo Sara

Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Andrzej Kilian

Andrzej Kilian

Founder, Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT)
avatar for Carolina Paola Sansaloni

Carolina Paola Sansaloni

High-throughput genotyping and sequencing specialist, CIMMYT
avatar for Carolina Roa

Carolina Roa

Intellectual Property Manager, CIAT


Friday October 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Breakout 2A (SatVenture) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

Data from phenotype to farm
(2:00PM) IOT for crop improvement and smart-farming - Sensor technologies and their architectures, often together called the Internet of Things, enable researchers to measure the world with great precision and at scales that were hardly possible just a few years ago. But many questions still remain about how to design and deploy IoT architectures effectively for food security research. In this session we will look at the design precepts and success factors for IoT architectures bridging agronomy, breeding, and landscape scales.
   Kanika Singh
   Berta Miro
   Jan Debaene

(2:45PM) How can we build ethical, trustworthy digital advisory services? - New digital communications channels make it possible to reach rural farmers with agricultural advisory content and hold the potential to help tailor advice to specific farmers’ contexts, by location and season. Some evidence of good practices is emerging for use of these tools, yet the field overall still struggles with fostering the kinds of interactivity and engagement needed to effect large-scale change in farming systems. In this session we will examine the state of the evidence, promising models, and the notion of a trustworthy digital advisory system.
   Nicoletta Giulivi
   Rikin Ghandi
   Peter Carberry

Speakers
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Berta Miro Cau

PDF Monitoring and Evaluation, IRRI
avatar for Jan Debaene

Jan Debaene

Global Head Breeding, ICRISAT
An enterprising research leader with extensive expertise in plant breeding and genetics, utilizing the use of analytical tools for the seed industry and public sector crop improvement programs. Known for process enhancement, leading of cohesive research teams and driving continuous... Read More →
avatar for Kanika Singh

Kanika Singh

Senior Scientific Officer, ICRISAT
avatar for Peter Carberry

Peter Carberry

Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
avatar for Rikin Gandhi

Rikin Gandhi

Executive Director, Digital Green
avatar for Nicoletta Giulivi

Nicoletta Giulivi

MSc., McGill University



Friday October 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

2:00pm

Technologies and good practices throughout the research data life cycle
(2:00PM) Good practices throughout the research data life cycle - Building the value of our data assets, responsibly, requires a mix of technologies and practice across the whole research data lifecycle, from collection, annotation, storage, and re-use. In this panel we will see how Centers and partners are tackling this, to see commonalities and differences and chart a way forward together to data-enable food security research and impacts.
   Abby Clobridge
   Abhishek Rathore

   Marie-Angelique Laporte
   Jacqueline Muliro
   Harrison Njamba
   Henry Juarez

(3:00PM) Technology standards for responsible data - More to come.
   Jim Wilgenbush

Speakers
avatar for Henry Juarez

Henry Juarez

Systems and Data Management Officer, International Potato Center
avatar for Harrison Njamba Kimani

Harrison Njamba Kimani

Data Systems Manager, ILRI
avatar for Jacquie Muliro

Jacquie Muliro

Research Knowledge and Data Manager, WorldFish
avatar for Marie-Angelique Laporte

Marie-Angelique Laporte

Associate Scientist, Bioversity International
avatar for Abby Clobridge

Abby Clobridge

Founder, FireOak Strategies, LLC
Managing, securing, and sharing information, data, and knowledge
avatar for Abhishek Rathore

Abhishek Rathore

Principal Scientist & Theme Leader (SBDM), ICRISAT
Dr. Abhishek Rathore is Principal Scientist and Theme Leader (SBDM) at ICRISAT. He is an expert in Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Designing and Analysis of Experimental Trials, QTL Mapping and Genetic Map Construction. During the training he will be taking classes on good... Read More →
avatar for Jim Wilgenbush

Jim Wilgenbush

Director of Research Computing, University of Minnesota


Friday October 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Plenary 2 (Auditorium) ICRISAT-HQ

3:30pm

Coffee Break
Get ready for our final pitches with a cup of coffee and a snack!

Friday October 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Courtyard ICRISAT-HQ

4:00pm

2019 Inspire Challenge finalist pitches
The CGIAR Inspire Challenge aims to support leading edge, data-driven partnerships that push the limits of the possible in food security. In their final pitch to the judges, finalists will outline their proposals and answer questions from the judges. Judges will make their final decisions, to be presented at the awards ceremony tonight! You'll have a chance to add your own two cents using mentimeter voting throughout the session.


Friday October 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

5:00pm

Trust for the future of big data in agriculture
In light of the last three days of presentations, discussions, and learnings -- what is each of our roles in fostering and maintaining trust in the big data for agriculture ecosystem? How can we support the relationship between various stakeholders, policies, and project goals? The convention sessions will end with a call to action, highlighting pathways to data-driven impacts for food security.

Speakers
avatar for Brian King

Brian King

Big Data Platform Coordinator, CGIAR


Friday October 18, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Plenary 1 (Main Tent) ICRISAT-HQ

5:30pm

Bus loading: Departure at 5:45PM from ICRISAT
Busses will go from ICRISAT to Trident Hotel for the Inspire Challenge 2019 award ceremony.

Friday October 18, 2019 5:30pm - 5:45pm
ICRISAT Hyderabad, India

6:30pm

Inspire Challenge 2019 awards, dinner, and concert
If you'd like to take a moment to change and freshen up in your hotel room, you have time. Otherwise, there are pre-party cocktails and snacks available ahead of dinner! Dinner will be served at 7PM, followed by the Inspire Challenge Award Ceremony and a concert.

Friday October 18, 2019 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Trident Hotel Hyderabad, India