FarmBeats: An AI and IoT Platform for Data-driven Agriculture (Deepak Vasisht, UIUC)

Winter 2021 Research Seminar: Internet of Robotic Things Data-driven techniques help boost agricultural productivity by increasing yields, reducing losses, and cutting down input costs. However, these techniques have seen sparse adoption owing to high costs of manual data collection and…

FarmBeats: An AI and IoT Platform for Data-driven Agriculture (Deepak Vasisht, UIUC)

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Winter 2021 Research Seminar: Internet of Robotic Things
Data-driven techniques help boost agricultural productivity by increasing yields, reducing losses, and cutting down input costs. However, these techniques have seen sparse adoption owing to high costs of manual data collection and limited connectivity solutions. In this talk, I will present FarmBeats, an end-to-end IoT platform for agriculture that enables seamless data collection from various sensors, cameras and drones. FarmBeats’s system design explicitly accounts for weather-related power and Internet outages, and significantly reduces the need for dense sensor deployment on the farm by leveraging techniques from machine learning and computer vision. FarmBeats is currently available for public use as Azure FarmBeats, has been piloted in several countries, and was highlighted by Satya Nadella as one of the ten inventions that inspired him in 2017.

Bio:
Deepak Vasisht is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His research is focused on mobile computing and internet-of-things (IoT) systems. He has designed, built, and deployed systems that deliver ubiquitous sensing, accurate indoor positioning, enhanced communication capabilities, and new human computer interfaces. His research on IoT systems for agriculture has been deployed across farms in United States, India, and Africa. His work has been featured in the Economist, IEEE Spectrum, BBC, MIT News, Daily Mail, and CBC among others. He is the inaugural Microsoft Industry Research Fellow and a recipient of the ACM SIGCOMM Best Paper award, the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship, and the President’s Gold Medal at IIT Delhi. Deepak has an undergraduate degree from IIT Delhi and a Ph.D. from MIT.

More information is available at dvd.lol courses.cs.washington.edu/courses/cse599y/21wi/. This lecture was recorded on February 4, 2021 and is closed captioned.

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