Phenome 2018 speakers, sessions, and workshop topics

Join us this February in Tucson, AZ at Phenome 2018 - the nexus of technology, data, plant biology, and community!

The Phenome 2018 organizers welcome abstracts from researchers across the phenomics space, including plant biologists, engineers, data and computer scientists, ecologists, agronomists, breeders, and our many allies. 

Learn more about the exciting Phenome 2018 sessions and speakers by joining the Plant Phenomics network on Plantae:

Also, make sure to check out the special interviews with the Phenome 2018 “Pheatured” Speakers


Tuesday, February 13

3:00 - 6:00 PM Phenome Digital Phenotyping Workshop (pre-registration, required)

The Phenome Digital Phenotyping Workshop will give participants hands-on experience processing data from state-of-the-art image-based phenotyping technologies with domain experts. Workshop participants are expected to bring their own computers. 

2:30 Introduction (Malia Gehan and Jennifer Clarke)
2:45 Hardware and sensors (Joshua Peschel) 
3:30 Statistics and Experimental Design (Jennifer Clarke) 
4:15 Break
4:25 Imaging Basics and LemnaGrid (Kevin Nagel and Tino Dornbusch)

Wednesday, February 14

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Phenome Digital Phenotyping Workshop (pre-registration, required)

8:30 PlantCV (Malia Gehan) 
10:00 Break
10:10 Hyperspectral Analysis (Taylor Glenn)
11:40 Lunch
1:00 3D Image Processing (Rick van de Zedde)
2:40 Data Visualization (Guillaume Lobet) 
4:10 Workshop wrap-up and summary

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Field Trip: Bridgestone Americas: Guayule Research Farm (pre-registration, required)

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Field Trip: Maricopa Agricultural Center (pre-registration, required)

4:30 - 6:00 PM NAPPN General Assembly (pre-registration, required)

The North American Plant Phenotyping Network (NAPPN) is an association of researchers and professionals active in plant phenotyping, including developers and consumers of methods and technologies as well as plant biologists. NAPPN is connected to the global phenotyping community through the International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN) and its affiliates. Since the inaugural convening event in 2016, the NAPPN has met at Phenome conferences to connect with its members and engage in larger discussions on plant phenomics. Items on the agenda for the Assembly include announcements regarding approval of the Association Bylaws and the newly elected members of the NAPPN Executive Committee. Please plan to attend the NAPPN Assembly if you are interested in membership and learning more about the organization. All are invited to attend the free event. 

6:00 - 7:00 PM Welcome Reception


Thursday, February 15

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM General Session I

Phenomics-Enabled Biology

Chair: Chris Topp

This session will focus on the variety of phenomics approaches and the insights that they have contributed to biology. It will address the benefits and limitations of phenomics techniques, pose big-picture questions, describe current research needs that are targets for development, and consider how our technology-enhanced ability to quantify phenotypes is shaping our theoretical understanding of plant growth and environment interactions.

David Houle, Florida State University
Roland Pieruschka, Forschungszentrum, Jülich, Germany
Candice Hirsch, University of Minnesota

1:30 - 2:30 PM Poster Session I

2:30 - 5:30 PM Concurrent Sessions I and II

Concurrent I: Sensors and Systems
Brittany Duncan, University of Nebraska
Dan Sabo, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Abstract Selected Speakers, TBD

Concurrent II: Phenomics-Enabled Biology
Therese LaRue, Carnegie Institute
Andrew Leakey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract Selected Speakers, TBD

6:00 - 7:30 PM Technology Session

The Technology Session provides an opportunity for speakers from academia, industry, and other sectors to give a 10-minute summary of new technologies or approaches under development in their research groups. Presentations include descriptions of new equipment for measuring plant traits as well as new approaches for the analysis of phenomics datasets. Some speakers are invited, others are selected from submitted abstracts.

 Friday, February 16

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM General Session II

Systems and Sensor Development to Advance Phenomics

Chair: Joshua Peschel

This session will explore the development and application of sensors and systems that advance the phenomics field. This includes the development of new phenotyping sensor systems, the adaptation of existing sensors into phenotyping systems, and the development of protocols for collecting reliable phenotypic data. The sensors and systems presented in this session may vary in measurement resolution (e.g. molecular vs. field scales), throughput, economics (e.g. the development of affordable systems), and mechanisms for automation (e.g. agricultural scale phenotyping robots). Presentations will include recommendations, lessons learned, and best practices to inform researchers and practitioners who wish to enter this field.

Rick van de Zedde, Wageningen University
Sindhuja Sankaran, Washington State University
James Janni, DuPont Pioneer
Diane Rowland, University of Florida
Reza Ehsani, University of California-Merced
Sierra Young, University of Illinois
Pedro Sanchez, University of Arizona
Abstract Selected Speakers, TBD

1:30  - 2:30 PM Poster Session II

2:30 - 5:30 PM Concurrent Sessions III and IV

Concurrent III: Phenomics enabled biology
Nadia Shakoor, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Wolfgang Busch, Salk Institute
Abstract Selected Speakers, TBD

Concurrent IV: Data analysis, crunching
Amy Tabb, USDA
Dan Runcie, University of California-Davis
Abstract Selected Speakers, TBD

6:00 - 7:30 PM Poster Session III and Reception

Saturday, February 17


8:30 AM - 12:30 PM General Session III

Data Crunching and New Analytics

Chair: Alina Zare

This session will cover the development and application of analytical methods for extracting useful information from phenotypic data, as well as data management and curation practices. The session aims to include the development of algorithms for processing and understanding sensor data (e.g., image and signal [pre]processing and feature extraction methods); algorithm development for automatically interpreting phenotypic data and their multivariate/non-linear relationships to biological processes (e.g., novel statistical methods, advanced data mining); sensor and data fusion (e.g., merging and jointly analyzing multi-type collections, such as genotypes, soil and environmental data);and open challenges. The session will also explore methodologies for storing, managing, and sharing data sets, as well as metadata, data tagging, and ensuring interoperability. Presentations will include open source software, biological examples, case studies, recommendations, and best practice results; these will inform researchers and practitioners in phenomic data analytics and in the data→knowledge→biological understanding process.

Sotos Tsaftaris, University of Edinburgh
Tiina Roose, University of Southampton
Rob Guarlnik, University of Florida
Alexander Bucksch, University of Georgia
Hong Cui, University of Arizona
Mao Li, Danforth Center
Abstract Selected Speakers, TBD

2:30 - 5:30 PM Concurrent Sessions V and VI

Concurrent V: Phenomics enabled biology
Carolyn Rasmussen, University of California-Riverside
Ross Sozzani, North Carolina State University
Abstract Selected Speakers, TBD

Concurrent VI: Sensors and Systems
Jian Jin, Purdue University
Malia Gehan, Donald
Danforth Plant Science Center
Abstract Selected Speakers, TBD

6:30 – 9:30 Closing Party (ticket required)

Sunday, February 18

7:30 AM Breakfast (ticket required)

8:30 – 2:30 PM Hackathon (pre-registration, required)

The 2018 Phenome hackathon will be an informal community event that occurs the day after the Phenome meeting (February 18th, 2018). Based on community feedback, this year’s hackathon will focus on two topics: Image processing on common datasets and data visualization. Participants can work independently or in interdisciplinary teams to solve bottlenecks in analyzing plant phenomics data. Curated data will be available ahead of the meeting. No cost to participate.