Program Schedule

When registering, don’t forget to sign up for these additional activities taking place at the conference!

WORKSHOP: Phenome Digital Phenotyping 

Wednesday, February 6th 8am – 4pm

The Phenome Digital Phenotyping Workshop is the opportunity to get hands-on experience with low-cost phenotyping hardware and data processing from state-of-the-art image-based phenotyping technologies with domain experts. Workshop participants are expected to bring their own computers.

WORKSHOP: Genome to Fields (G2F)

Wednesday, February 6th 10am – 4pm

Genomes to Fields is a publicly initiated and led maize research initiative to catalyze and coordinate research linking genomics and predictive phenomics. The long-term goal is to develop knowledge, tools and technologies that sustainably improve plant productivity. This workshop seeks to update the community about work currently underway as part of this effort and to welcome presentations from individuals working in the fields of engineering, computer science, modeling and related sciences as they relate to plant phenomics.

Tentative Schedule

The workshop provides the opportunity for volunteered talks, please connect with Naser Alkhalifah (, if you are interested in presenting. In addition to G2F cooperators, we encourage presentations from researchers in the fields of engineering, computer science and modeling related to plant phenomics.

FIELD TRIP: University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Research Center and USDA Arid Lands Agricultural Research Center

Wednesday, February 6th 9am – 3pm

The tour will highlight the close collaboration between the University of Arizona and the USDA-ARS at Maricopa, AZ. Field trip attendees will tour the research station and the TERRA-REF field-scanning system, the largest field scanner system in North America. Visit the TERRA-REF website to learn more about phenotyping tools including the field scanner system; automated controlled-environment; sensors on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and piloted ground vehicles; genomic, genetic data and computational platform; and high performance data storage and computing system.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION:Roundtable on: High Throughput Plant Phenotyping
Gen-4 ERC Synergies in Engineering and Plant Sciences

Friday, February 8th – 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Organized by

With support from NSF ERC Planning Grant:

Engineering Research Center for Materials for Agriculture Resource Imaging Analytics at High Resolution (MARIAH)

This roundtable discussion will focus on how to promote collaborations between the engineering and plant sciences communities so that new advances in areas such as materials science, electronics, geosensing, and data analytics can be translated into improved technologies for high throughput plant phenotyping (HTPP) at multiple scales. Goals for improving HTPP technologies would include not only enhanced capabilities for estimating crop health and productivity, but also expanded capabilities for tracking the flow of resources such as water and nutrients through agrosystems and measuring the efficiency with which these resources are used by crops.      

Rising global demand for food amidst increasing drought, extreme temperatures, and pest damage is straining precious land, water, and energy resources. The Engineering Research Center for Materials for Agricultural Resource Imaging Analytics at High Resolution (MARIAH) will engage experts in engineering, agronomy, agricultural economics, and other disciplines to develop innovative approaches to increase crop yields while reducing economically and environmentally costly inputs such as irrigation water, fertilizer, pesticide and fuel usage.

This roundtable will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scientists and academic, industry and regulatory partners to catalyze bold new innovative strategies for data- driven crop variety selection and crop management. We will discuss how advances in materials science and data science might have novel applications for plant scientists, how to develop an inclusive culture for innovative engineering in the plant sciences, and how best to seed collaborations between engineers and plant scientists.

Information discussed at the roundtable will be synthesized into a published review and a roadmap to guide future work. This roundtable will also inform an Engineering Research Center proposal to apply cutting-edge advances in engineering to HTTPP and sustainable agriculture.

*Lunch will be provided in the meeting room for all discussion attendees.

We are partnering to nourish a healthier world.

Join us at the roundtable!