CITRIS 2nd Annual Agricultural Technology Fair

University of California Merced, California Room
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
8:30am - 3:00pm

CITRIS, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, and University Extension are proud to invite you to the 2nd Annual CITRIS Agricultural Technology Fair on March 8, 2017. This event takes place during UC Merced’s Research Week, a celebration of the significant and innovative work being conducted at the university.

CITRIS is focused on translating ideas into real-world applications in the many sectors that affect the lives of all Californians, from data analytics, to renewable energy and smart transportation, to new discoveries in water information management. It is our belief that this showcase of emerging technologies, backed by cutting-edge research and entrepreneurial innovation, will place the San Joaquin Valley on the map as a place for new ideas and a transformative impact in the agricultural technology sector.

We look forward to working with you as we expand the impact of world class research in the San Joaquin Valley.

Ag Tech Fair Schedule





08:30 - 09:00

Event Registration and Coffee & Tea Mixer


09:00 - 09:15

Introductory Remarks




Dr. Joshua Viers

CITRIS Director, University of California Merced



09:15 - 09:45

Keynote Address




Ron Zink, J.D.

Former Director of Mobile Applications at John Deere



09:45 - 10:00





10:00 - 11:15

Panel 1 - Robotics in Ag Tech




10:00  - 10:20 — Dr. Stavros G. Vougioukas

Professor, University of California Davis, Biological and Agricultural Engineering



10:20 - 10:40 — David Doll

Farm Advisor, University of California Ag & Natural Resources, Merced County



10:40 - 11:00 — Dr. Ken Goldberg 

Professor, University of California Berkeley & CITRIS People and Robots Director



11:00 - 11:15 — Questions & Discussion



11:15 - 11:25



11:25 - 11:45

Agricultural Drone Development & Education



11:25 - 11:35 — Dr. YangQuan Chen

Professor, University of California Merced MESA Lab



11:35 - 11:45 — Brandon Stark

Director, University of California Center of Excellence on UAS Safety


11:45 - 13:00

Networking Lunch




13:00 - 13:20

The Future of Ag Research and UC Merced and the Role of the UC Venture Lab 



Dr. Peter Schuerman

AVC for Research & Economic Development, University of California Merced


13:20 - 14:35Panel 2 - Big Data  




13:20 - 13:40 — Dr. Tapan Pathak

Assistant Research Professor, University of California Merced



13:40 - 14:00 — Lance Donny

CEO, OnFarm Systems



14:00 - 14:20 — Dr. Nigel Quinn

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab & Fresno State University



14:20 - 14:35 — Questions & Discussions


14:35 - 14:55

Closing Remarks




Roger Royse, J.D.

Attorney, Royse Law Firm

14:55 – 15:00


Dr. Joshua Viers




Snapshots from the 2016 CITRIS Agricultural Technology Fair


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ENGR.830.1 - Introduction to Drone/UAS/UAV Safety & Use: Available through the UC Merced Extension

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