Opening Plenary Keynote - Ranveer Chandra - sponsored by TFI

Ranveer Chandra
Ranveer Chandra is the Chief Scientist at Microsoft Azure Global. His research has shipped in multiple Microsoft products, including Windows, Visual Studio, XBOX, and Azure. Ranveer is leading the FarmBeats, battery research, and TV white space research projects at Microsoft. His work on FarmBeats was featured by Bill Gates on GatesNotes, and he has been invited to present his research on FarmBeats to the Secretary of Agriculture, and on TV White Spaces to the FCC Chairman. Ranveer has published over 90 research papers, and has over 100 patents that have been granted by the USPTO. He has won several awards, including best paper awards, and the MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators Under 35. Ranveer has an undergraduate degree from IIT Kharagpur, India and a PhD from Cornell University.

 

PrecisionAg Plenary Keynote - Thomas Frey - sponsored by SST Software, Raven, & TFI

Thomas Frey
Over the past decade, Futurist Thomas Frey has built an enormous following around the world based on his ability to develop accurate visions of the future and describe the opportunities ahead. Having started seventeen businesses himself and assisting on the development of hundreds more, the understanding he brings to his audiences is a rare blend of reality-based thinking coupled with a clear-headed visualization of the world ahead. Predicting the future has little value without understanding the driving forces behind the trends, subtle nuances that can be leveraged, and implications for both the people directly affected in the industry as well as others farther down the technological food chain.

Future of Agriculture - Soon to Become the Coolest Profession on Earth
Over the coming decade, smart clothing with real-time sensors will read everything from the fluctuation of our brainwaves, to micro changes in heartbeats, to gastro-digestive processes, to variations of skin perspiration levels. This constant monitoring of hundreds if not thousands of bodily nuances will translate into consumers making healthier food choices and, more importantly, choices tailored specifically to their individuals needs... or will they. Theoretically more information should help us make smarter decisions, but changing human behavior is never easy, and our dreams of using food to create a healthier society may amount o little more than micro changes than sweeping shifts.  At the same time, agriculture is quickly becoming one of the world's most automated industries with huge opportunities to feed the coming micro industry revolution. In the middle of this automation-opportunity revolution, agriculture is set to emerge as the coolest profession on planet earth!

Closing Plenary Keynote - Ivan Dozier - sponsored by TFI

Ivan Dozier
Ivan Dozier bio.
 
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