April 7&8, 2016
This year's theme was "Using Big Data to Improve International Food Security."
The symposium brought together physical scientists, social scientists, and data scientists who use big data methods, including text analysis, computer learning, and remote sensing, to think about where and how we can use these methods to address international food security.
Thursday, April 7th
Barbara Wilson, Interim Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John McHarris, World Food Programme and Senior Advisor to the Food Security Information Network: Food Security Analysis and Big Data; from a UN WFP Food Assistance Perspective
Discussant: Ed Seidel – Director, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, UIUC
10:00-10:30 Break – Heritage Room
10:30-12:30 Session 1: Resource Use
Chair: Madhu Khanna, Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Econ
Peter Christensen, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, UIUC: The Cost of Conservation in an Emerging Economy: Satellite Evidence from China’s Farmland Protection Program
Tom Evans, Professor, Department of Geography, Indiana University: Rapid Monitoring of Food Security and Resource Use in Africa
Anil Bhargava, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan: Breaking Ground: Unearthing the Potential of Big Soil Data in Understanding Agricultural Profits, Fertilizer Use, and Small Farm Productivity
Discussant: Chris Seifert, Director of Agronomic Data Science, Granular, Inc.
12:30-1:45 Lunch – Heritage Room (Lunch by previous registration only)
Speaker: Marshall Burke, Assistant Professor, Earth System Science, Stanford University: Measuring Agricultural Productivity and Poverty from Space
2:00 -4:00 Session 2: Food Quantity
Chair: Jeffrey Brawn, Head and Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, UIUC
Praveen Kumar, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC: Airborne Remote Sensing and High Resolution Modeling for Food Security
Kaiyu Guan, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, UIUC: Integrating Field-Work, Satellite Data, Process Models and Machine Learning to Forecasting Crop Yields
David LeBauer, Research Scientist, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, UIUC: Opportunities to Improve Cropping Systems with Data4:00-4:30 Session 3: Global Food Security, Trade, Big Data and the EU’S Role
Damien Levie, Head of Trade and Agriculture Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States: Reflections on Global Food Security, Trade, and the EU's Role
Giulio Menato, First Counselor (Agriculture), Delegation of the European Union to the United States: Reflections on Global Food Security, Trade, and the EU's Role
4:30-5:30 Session 4: Using Big Data to Understand Behavior
Speaker: Matt Harding, Director, Duke-UNC USDA Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research and Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Economics, Duke Univ: Opportunities and Challenges of Using Big Data to Understand Food Consumption and Design Nutrition Interventions
Friday, April 8th
8:30-10:30 Session 5: Access and Nutrition – Monsanto Room
Chair: Craig Gundersen, Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural Strategy, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, UIUC
Erin Lentz, Assistant Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin: Data Gaps in Measuring Food Security and Nutrition
Karl Schnelle, Strategy Acceleration Leader, Dow AgroSciences: Helping Local Community Leaders Optimize Food Security through Data-Driven Tools and Techniques
Jaime Adams, Senior Advisor, USDA: Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Initiative
Melissa Cragin, Executive Director, Midwest Big Data Hub, UIUC
Scott Althaus, Professor, Political Science, UIUC
11:00-12:00 Concluding Remarks
Catherine Weaver, Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
Kathy Baylis, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, UIUC
Sponsored by International Food Security at Illinois (IFSI).
Questions about the symposium can be directed to Ms. Barb Horner, ACES Office of International Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org.