Closing Panel: IoT for Agriculture: The Importance of Domain Knowledge for IoT Solutions and Applications
Agriculture as a sector represents a wide range of products and a tremendous range of settings where the products are grown or raised. The Internet of Things is increasingly important as part of the Agricultural landscape – and the foundation for Agriculture 4.0. Use cases and adoption range from implementation that deal with automation and robotics, to address the shortages of labor available to agricultural enterprises; to cross-cutting needs such as irrigation, pest control, and fertilization, where efficiency, timing, and formulation of applications is crucial for yield and economics; to avoidance of disruption due to equipment and infrastructure conditions or minimization of disruptions due to climate and weather; to methods and techniques that greatly affect quality of agricultural products and their timely delivery to the marketplace – in a condition that meets the needs of the retailer and has the appeal and nutrition for the consumer. The panel discussion will be focused on the importance of domain knowledge in formulating solutions that effectively address the complex path of agricultural products “from planting to table” and how the mix of bio-science and technology affects the outcome.
Dr. Adam T. Drobot is a technologist with over forty years of experience in industry, the public sector, and in research. Today his activities include strategic consulting, start-ups, and participation in industry associations and government advisory bodies. He is the Chairman of the Board of OpenTechWorks, Inc. a company specializing in open source software. Previously he was the Managing Director and CTO of 2M Companies in Dallas, TX, from 2010-2012, and President of the Applied Research and Government Business Units at Telcordia Technologies and the company’s CTO from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that, Adam managed the Advanced Technology Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He also served as the Senior Vice President for Science and Technology as part of his 27 years of service at SAIC from 1975 to 2002.
He has published more than 100 journal articles, and is a frequent contributor to industry literature. He currently holds 26 patents. Adam is a member of Several Corporate Boards, and the FCC Technology Advisory Council. He is on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association where he has Chaired the TIA Technology Committee. He is the 2007 recipient of IEEE’s Managerial Excellence Award. For the IEEE he has Chaired IEEE Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee, the IEEE Awards Recognition Council, served as a member of the IEEE Awards Board. During 2017 and 2018 he chaired the IEEE IoT Activities Board that oversees the multi-society IEEE IoT Initiative. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a PhD. in Plasma Physics from the University of Texas.
Farooq is the co-founder of GroGuru – a startup focused on strategic irrigation management. The right amount of water at the right time – that is the service that GroGuru provides to farmers using a combination of IOT and AI. Before GroGuru Farooq was working at another company focused on M2M communication; Wireless networks designed by him have been deployed in several countries all over the world. In addition to this Farooq is also an expert in the area of blockchains and Bitcoin.
Dr. Mehmet Can Vuran is the Susan J. Rosowski Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Vuran received an NSF Career award in 2010 for “Bringing Wireless Sensor Networks Underground”. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, he was named a highly-cited researcher in computer science by Thomson Reuters. He received a Parents Recognition Award from UNL Parent’s Association in 2016. He is the co-author of Wireless Sensor Networks textbook, Technical Program Committee Co-Chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2020, and an editor in Computer Networks Journal, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials Journal. His current research interests include Internet of Things, underground communications, cognitive radio networks, and cyber-physical networks. He is an expert on Agricultural applications of IoT (Ag-IoT) including the use of novel sensor and communication systems. Recently his research has been focused on networks, where sensors are buried in the ground and communicate through soil, with applications in precision agriculture, mining, environmental monitoring, and infrastructure monitoring. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey in 2002. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2007, respectively.
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