Sindhuja Sankaran is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University. She is working in the Agricultural Automation Engineering research emphasis area of the department since 2013. Her research interests are towards advanced sensing techniques for high-throughput crop phenotyping, with special focus on the development of optical and chemical sensor-based tools for non-invasive, rapid and continuous crop monitoring applications. She currently is leading phenomics aspect as a part of couple ongoing NIFA-AFRI grants. Sankaran holds a BS in Zoology, a MS in Environment Science, a MS in Environmental Engineering, and a PhD in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.
Tiina Roose University of Southhamp
Professor of Biological and Environmental Modelling, University of Southampton.
Tiina Roose was born in Estonia under the Russian occupation. She completed her undergraduate degree in control systems engineering at the Tallinn Technical University. Following this when Estonia became independent and borders opened she did, after a short stint as an investment banker, an MSc and a DPhil in applied mathematics at the University of Oxford. Her specialty whilst a graduate student was to develop multiscale mathematical modeling techniques to answer scientific questions about how biological branching structures, such as plant roots, interact with their environment, i.e. soil. Following the completion of her DPhil in 2000, she moved to the Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital as a postdoctoral Fellow to work on mathematical modeling of lymphatic function during cancer development. Upon her return to Oxford in 2003 she was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to work on modeling of plant roots, lymphatics, blood vessels and lung physiology. She held her URF first in Oxford and upon the birth of her son Max in 2006 she moved to join her husband at the University of Southampton in 2009. In 2013 she was promoted to a Professor and after the completion of her Royal Society URF the same year she was awarded an ERC Consolidator grant title “Data Intensive Modelling of Rhizosphere Processes”. This multimillion pound project/Fellowship started in 2015 and is due to finish in 2020. At Southampton Tiina runs the Faculty of Engineering and Environment New Frontiers Fellowship mentoring program and also serves on the EPSRC General Engineering Early Career Advisory panel.
Sotos Tsaftaris University of Edinburgh
Dr. Sotirios A. Tsaftaris received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2000. He is currently a Chancellor's Fellow (at a Senior Lecturer level) at the University of Edinburgh. He is also a Turing Fellow with the Alan Turing Institute. Previously he was an Assistant Professor with IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy and Director of the Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis Unit at IMT. Prior to that, he held a joint Research Assistant Professor appointment at Northwestern University with the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Radiology Feinberg School of Medicine. He has published extensively, particularly in interdisciplinary ﬁelds (such as plant phenotyping e.g. http://phenotiki.com), with more than 100 journal and conference papers in his active record. His research interests are machine learning, computer vision, image analysis, image processing, and distributed computing. Additional information: http://tsaftaris.com
Rick van de Zedde Wageningen University and Research
Rick van de Zedde is a senior scientist/ business developer Phenomics and Automation at the Wageningen University & Research (WUR). Since 2006 he has been a coordinator of Agro Food Robotics, a joint initiative of several research institutes within WUR. He is also one of the initiators of PhenomicsNL within WUR in which 17 WUR research groups work closely together on multidisciplinary plant phenotyping projects. He is active in several international plant phenotyping related initiatives; Phenomen-ALL- the EU COST action, EPPN2020, EMPHASIS-PREP - an EU ESFRI large-scale research infrastructure project and he stimulates interaction between technological developers world-wide through the Imaging working group within the International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN).
David Houle Florida State University
David Houle is an evolutionary geneticist who uses the variation and evolution of the wing of Drosophila melanogaster to investigate the connections between genomic, developmental and phenotypic variation. His favorite questions include: Why are some aspects of the phenotype more variable than others? How does variation affect adaptation? and Is evolution predictable? Studying small numbers of traits is not adequate to address these questions: to answer them we need to understand how genes and selection affect multiple traits simultaneously. Houle grew up in California, then received his B.A. at Bennington College in Vermont in 1977. After working for four years as an art photographer, he returned to graduate school at SUNY Stony Brook, where he received his Ph.D. under Walter Eanes in 1988. He then did post-doctoral research with Clark Cockerham, Brian Charlesworth and Michael Lynch before assuming a position in the Department of Zoology at the University of Toronto in 1993. He moved to Florida State University in 1999, where he is now a full professor.
Roland Pieruschka Forschungszentrum Juelich
Roland Pieruschka is plant ecophysiologist with experience in phenotyping, plant physiology, ecology, systematics and biogeochemistry. Expert in measuring functional plant traits on leaf, plant and canopy level. Additional scientific background, including interdisciplinary work with modelers, engineers and chemists. Pieruschka received his PhD at the University of Düsseldorf in Germany under Uli Schurr in 2015. He did his Postdoc at the Carnegie Institution of Science in Stanford in the USA with Joe Berry (2006-2009) and works since then at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany as plant phenotyping scientists and research infrastructure manager. Pieruschka worked in and managed the national German (DPPN), European (EPPN, EPPN2020) Plant Phenotyping Networks, he is a co-founder of the International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN), and manager of the research infrastructure initiative EMPHASIS building a pan-European Infrastructure.