NSF BDSPOKES - Digital Agriculture: Unmanned Aerial Systems, Plant Sciences and Education

The 2018 UPSiE UAS Data Workshop

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are excellent sensor deployment packages that are contributing to the data deluge in many fields such as agriculture, ecology and smart cities/infrastructure. Optical, infrared, LIDAR, multispectral and other sensor packages can provide data on scales impossible for humans to quickly and accurately analyze, leading to significant challenges in many fields wishing to operationally utilize UAS. This workshop will feature speakers from academia, industry and the public sector, who will interact with participants and discuss topics such as UAS data analysis software and algorithms, metadata standards, and best practices, with a goal of harmonizing UAS data access, reproducibility and reuse across institutions and industry. Its goals are to bring together people across disciplines to learn, network and brainstorm to guide the next generation of research and development in the space of UAS data.

Workshop Location:
University of North Dakota
Tech Accelerator
4201 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Hotel Information:
Hilton Garden Inn, Grand Forks
4301 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks, North Dakota, 58203

Group Code: UNDBDW - Booking Link

Travel awards of up to $1,000 are available for registered participants who are willing to present a poster.

Poster set up
8:50am-9amIntroduction and Welcome
Janet Poley, Emeritus Professor in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
Dr. Poley was CEO of the American Distance Education Consortium and has been PI on a long-term NSF grant in satellite infrastructure in rural areas. She has been a Professor of Mass Media and Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and was a senior executive at the Department of Agriculture for a number of years in the Foreign Development division and headed the Federal part of the US Extension Service. She brings significant knowledge of ongoing research in state and land grant universities.
10am-10:15amCoffee Break
10:15am-10:45am Nicholas Flom, Executive Director, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
Enabling Advanced UAS Operations for Research
Nicholas Flom is the Executive Director for the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site , one of seven sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace system. Nicholas has over 15 years in the aviation industry and was previously the Director of Safety of the Test Site. Nicholas holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate for single and multi-engine land with over 4,000 flight hours.
10:45am-12amPanel 1: Data Analytics
Moderator: Wes Shover, UAS Sector Development Manager, Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation
Matt Dunlevy, President and CEO of SkySkopes Inc.
SkySkopes is a professional UAS flight operator focused on providing innovative solutions within the energy industry. The company was founded in 2014 with headquarters in Grand Forks, ND, was the first ND startup legally permitted by the FAA to fly UAS commercially, and has since opened a second office in Minot, ND. SkySkopes specializes in asset inspections of electric transmission & distribution lines, oil and gas installations, other utility infrastructure assets, and emergency response efforts using advanced aircraft equipped with LiDAR, OGI (optical gas imaging), infrared, RGB, and a variety of additional sensor payloads. As a TEEX certified company, SkySkopes keeps safety as the first priority during operations. SkySkopes' numerous full- and part-time pilots have extensive training on unmanned aircraft, as well as manned aircraft, and are able to apply their knowledge to solve problems in real-time under adverse conditions. They hold UAS degrees from the University of North Dakota, Commercial Pilot certificates, and Professional Remote Operator certificates from the Unmanned Safety Institute. The SkySkopes team thrives on the ability to solve unique and challenging problems across a wide range of industries by utilizing our advanced aircraft and sensors.
Young Kim, CEO of Digital Harvest

As Chief Executive Officer of Digital Harvest, Young Kim applies his 25+ years of experience as an entrepreneur and technologist to set business strategy, capture key customer relationships, establish strategic partnerships and guides the development of key products and services. Under Mr. Kim’s leadership, Digital Harvest leverages the compounding benefits from combining machine learning with sensor data from satellites, manned and unmanned systems, and ground robotics to deliver solutions that enable growers to make better yield and profit impacting decisions.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and led the first AUVSI New Market Precision Agriculture committee. His passion for the potential of unmanned systems in agriculture led him to create and chair the first conference exclusively focused on using UAS for agriculture in 2011. He also served on several aerospace and UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) committees, most recently as one of 19 council members to Virginia Governor’s Unmanned Systems Commission. In April 2016, State of Oregon awarded a grant to Digital Harvest to be the architect to stand-up ‘Future Farm’ at the Pendleton UAS Test Range. Mr. Kim served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. As an instructor and mission crew member, he logged over 2,000 flight hours in the E-3 Sentry AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft. Mr. Kim holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA.

Jinha Jung, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Texas A&M University
Dr. Jinha Jung is an Assistant Professor in the school of Engineering and Computer Sciences, Director of the Unmanned System Laboratory at the Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He received his PhD degree in Geomatics - Civil Engineering, specialized in Computational Science & Engineering at Purdue University in 2011, and he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at University of Illinois at Chicago & Purdue University until 2014 when he joined as a faculty at Texas A&M University system. Dr. Jung is noted for his work in 1) development of UAS based aerial mapping systems, 2) developing algorithms to process UAS data for feature extraction, 3) data fusion of hyperspectral and full waveform LiDAR data, 4) vegetation structural analysis using LiDAR data, 5) high performance computing for advanced remote sensing algorithm development, and 6) WebGIS software development using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).
Lightning poster talks
1pm-1:30pmPoster Session
1:30pm-1:45pmCoffee Break
1:45pm-3:00pmPanel 2: Data Ownership

Susan Ellis-Felege, Associate Professor of Biology, University of North Dakota
Dr. Ellis-Felege has multiple years of experience in remote sensing in the field of wildlife biology. She has led yearly missions to the Hudson Bay, Manitoba, where she has flown UAS for population counts of snow geese, caribou and other wildlife; which gives her a wealth of real world knowledge in the use of UAS for data collection.
John Nowatzki, Extension Ag Machine Systems Specialist, North Dakota State University
Mr. Nowatzki regularly delivers educational presentations on various precision agriculture topics including farm data management, unmanned aircraft systems, LiDAR applications, variable rate fertilization of field crops, and sprayer boom section control. He also conducts applied research collaborating with NDSU faculty, with recent topics including variable rate fertilization, optical sensors for in-season fertilization, and soil compaction. He is principal investigator on a research grant applying UAS to agriculture, which has collected aerial data of ongoing crop and livestock research projects.
Mark Moran, Manager of Data-Driven Innovation and Associate Director, John Deere Technology Innovation Center – Champaign, IL
In Mark’s 20 years at John Deere, he has had roles in Global IT, Enterprise Architecture, Engineering, Marketing, and R&D. In all of those roles, he has been focused on how Information & Communication Technology can both enable and disrupt enterprises like John Deere. In his current role, he leads a research group focused on robotics, IoT, mobile, voice user interfaces, and analytics to advance their role in Deere’s processes, products, and services. Mark has a BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois, an MBA from the University of Iowa, and an SM from MIT. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Informatics at the University of Illinois.
Anita Frederick, President of the Tribal Nations Research Group
The Tribal Nations Research Group (TNRG) promotes high quality research relevant to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The research results provide custom fit data and data ownership, promotes public and private economic development and opportunity, and upholds positive images of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The Group also provides quality research education materials designed to educate the community about research and the research process, according to the standards established by the TNRG.
3:00pm-4:00pmBreakout Sessions:
Proposal Opportunities
UAS data/flight Standards
Needs (Industry, Academia, Public)
4:00pm-4:30pmConcluding Remarks
Data Gathering