full Schedule

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General Session I:

Phenomics-Enabled Biology

Chair: Chris Topp

Description: 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.


General Session II:

Systems and Sensor Development to Advance Phenomics

Chair: Joshua Peschel

Description: 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.


General Session III:

Data Crunching and New Analytics

Chair: Alina Zare

Description: 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.


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.

Workshop, Field Trips & Hackathon

Workshop, Field Trips & Hackathon

Phenome 2018: WORKSHOP

Date: February 13 2:30pm - February 14 4:00pm

Phenome Digital Phenotyping Workshop: 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. Based on community feedback, topics covered will include: Image processing of 2D and 3D image data, hyperspectral image processing, and data visualization. There will be a maximum of 40 participants and if the number of registrants exceeds this maximum, preference will be given to ‘trainee’ level scientists (e.g. graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and technicians). Workshop participants are expected to bring their own computers. We hope you will join us for this training opportunity!

Fee: $75 (includes lunch on February 14) limited to 40 participants

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Phenome 2018: Hackathon 

Date: February 18, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

Phenome Hackathon: 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. 

Fee: No cost to participate but size is limited to 60 participants

Phenome 2018: FiEld Trips

Bridgestone Americas: Guayule Research Farm

Eloy, AZ
Wednesday, February 14, 2018  9:00 am – 2:00 pm 

The Bridgestone Group is working hard to create a US-based, sustainable source of latex for tire production.  Guayule [gwah-yoo-le] is a shrub native to the Southwest United States. At Bridgestone, the efforts to develop guayule as a rubber crop involve 

  • determining the basic genetics of the species (even ploidy varies)
  • developing phenotyping techniques and breeding strategies specific to the species
  • developing cultivation techniques to maximize latex yield
  • developing rubber extraction processes that work well for the species. 

Phenome 2018 attendees can sign up to take a guided tour of Bridgestone’s innovative Guayule Research Farm in Eloy, AZ prior to the conference. Buses will depart the resort at 9am and return at 2pm. Space is limited – reserve your spot today! 

Fee: $22

Maricopa Agricultural Center

Maricopa, AZ
Wednesday, February 14, 2018  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sign up to visit the University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center. Field trip attendees will take a guided tour of the Maricopa Agricultural Center, which is a 2,100-acre research center within the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

The tour will highlight the close collaboration between the University of Arizona and the USDA-ARS at Maricopa, AZ. Field trip attendees will tour the research station and the TERRA-REF field-scanning system, the largest field scanner system in North America. Visit the TERRA-REF website to learn more about phenotyping tools including the field scanner system; automated controlled-environment; sensors on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and piloted ground vehicles; genomic, genetic data and computational platform; and high performance data storage and computing system. 
Buses will depart the resort at 9am and return at 3pm. Space is limited – reserve your spot today!

Fee: $25

Information regarding food and beverage options for the field trips will be provided prior to the events.