George Velidis

Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. George Vellidis is a Professor in the Crop & Soil Science Department at the University of Georgia. He applies principles of engineering and the sciences to measure model and manage the interaction between agricultural production systems and the environment. During his academic career, he has received in excess of $18 million in extramural funding, received one patent and licensed two technologies, and published more than 90 refereed journal articles and over 150 conference papers. Dr. Vellidis received the University of Georgia’s D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research in 2015 and the International Society for Precision Agriculture’s Pierre C. Robert Precision Agriculture Award in 2016.
Keynote speech title : “SmartIrrigation – A Pathway to Sustainable Intensification”

Raj Khosla

Professor and Assistant Dean, Colorado State University
Prof. Dr. Raj Khosla of Colorado State University is a globally recognized authority on Precision Agriculture. He has been engaged in precision agriculture since inception and has made significant contributions in the development and spread of Precision Agriculture worldwide. He is the Founder and Past-President of the International Society of Precision Agriculture. Recently, in 2017, his work was recognized with the “Werner L. Nelson Award for Diagnosis of Yield-Limiting Factors Award” by the American Society of Agronomy. Previously, he has been recognized as the “Precision Ag Educator of the Year 2015” by the US agricultural industry. In 2012, Dr. Khosla was named the Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and was appointed as the Senior Science Advisor on Food Security to the U.S. Department of State. In 2011, he was inducted by NASA to the US “Presidential Advisory Board on Positioning, Navigation and Timing” to work on the US space based GPS policy.
Keynote speech title : “Future of Farming: Big Data, Analytics, Precision Agriculture”

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