Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Healthcare and Life Sciences
swat4hcls 2019 Edinburgh

Spotlight on Agrisemantics II

 Organized by Chris Baker
Godan

SWAT4HCLS Agriculture sponsor

Spotlight

After the success of last year’s 2018 Spotlight on Agrisemantics in Antwerp, SWAT4HCLS will again include a spotlight on the fast emerging arena of Agrisemantics. The program will include a tutorial, a featured presentation and a panel session each highlighting the opportunities, challenges and successes in this important new application area.

Tutorial: The Agricultural Semantic Web and its role in Digital Agriculture

Presented by: Brett Drury

The world faces a food crisis. The World Bank has stated that agricultural gains will level off by 2050. Faced with increasing population, flat crop yields and an increasing demand for a Western lifestyle the current agricultural methods are not sufficient to meet future food demand. Newer agricultural techniques such as GMOs have faced hostility from the general public, and their development has been stymied. The answer seems to be Digital Agriculture which allows farmers to increase yields by making better decisions. The focus of many digital agriculture related academic papers has been the applications of data gathered from sensors and other agricultural data sources. The semantic web has largely been ignored. This tutorial will argue that the semantic web is a required element of digital agriculture, and will present a wide ranging review of the Agricultural Semantic Web as well as its applications. In addition there will be an opportunity to undertake some practical exercises using the resources described in the tutorial.

Related Reading: A survey of semantic web technology for agriculture

December 10th

Featured Paper Presentation

  • Daniel Burkow, Jens Hollunder, Julian Heinrich, Fuad Abdallah, Miguel Rojas-Macias, Cord Wiljes, Philipp Cimiano and Philipp Senger. A Blueprint for Semantically Lifting Field Trial Data: Enabling Exploration using Knowledge Graphs

Panel

Fernanda C. Dórea

Department of Disease Control & Epidemiology, National Veterinary Institute, Sweden

Fernanda_DoreaDr. Fernanda Dórea is a veterinary epidemiologist from Brazil. She holds a Master degree in infectious disease modeling from the University of Georgia (USA), and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada). She currently works at the Swedish National Veterinary Institute, conducting research and development projects focused on automated extraction of information from animal health data, aiming to support disease surveillance, control and prevention. For more information: www.datadrivensurveillance.org.

 

Monika Solanki

Agrimetrics

Monika So1ankiDr. Monika Solanki is currently the Principal Data Scientist at Agrimetrics. During her career she has focused on developing ontology design patterns, models and applications in the area of knowledge representation and reasoning using Semantic Web technologies and Linked data principles. She has worked extensively on building ontology-driven frameworks for bridging the gap between data and software engineering, developing and implementing stream processing algorithms and models for tracking and tracing in supply chains, using event based pedigrees over GS1 standards and developing decision support systems for the clinical and bioenergy sectors. Dr Solanki has extensive experience in designing and developing ontological domain models, curating linked datasets, implementing Semantic Web applications and Web services for a number of interdisciplinary projects spanning the boundaries of Big data, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Bioenergy, Clinical trials, Archaeology and Plant Biology. She has a PhD in Computer Science, a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Computing with Data Communication and Networking and a degree in Engineering.

Marie Angélique Laporte

Bioversity France

Marie-A-LaPorte CroppedDr Marie-Angélique Laporte is an associate scientist at Bioversity International with a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Montpellier. Her doctoral research focused on the integration of functional plant trait data. As a postdoc she worked at the French Institute for Research in Development (IRD) in Montpellier on automatic classification of remote sensing images using ontologies. She also worked with the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena on developing a semantic system used by the TRY database. In 2015, she joined Bioversity to work on the NSF-funded Planteome project for the development of a set of reference ontologies for plants. In her current role, Marie-Angélique works on various data related issues, including developing ontologies and metadata standards, and applying text mining techniques to extract agricultural information. She is involved with the CGIAR Big Data Platform, the Crop Ontology and the Agronomy Ontology projects.

Brett DruryPanel moderator

brett druryBrett is currently a Senior Data Scientist at Skim Technologies located in Porto, Portugal. Previously he was the Head of Research at Scicrop an Agtech based start-up located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brett gained his PhD at the University of Porto under the direction of Prof Luis Torgo and he undertook his Post Doctoral Studies at the University of Sao Paulo under the guidance of Prof Alenu Lopes. He was a Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer at the National University of Ireland. He was also a FAPESP PIPE grant holder. He is also currently an external member of LIAAD-INESC-Tec , an academic research centre based in Porto.

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