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GRAINS 2024 : GeneRative AI for Nurturing Sustainable Agriculture

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When Oct 25, 2024 - Oct 26, 2024
Where Ahmedabad
Submission Deadline Sep 15, 2024
Notification Due Oct 1, 2024
Final Version Due Oct 15, 2024
Categories    AI   agriculture   genai   genaiag
 

Call For Papers

Indian Society of Agricultural Information Technology (INSAIT)
Organizes the Conference on
"GeneRative AI for Nurturing Sustainable Agriculture (GRAINS) 2024"

Call for Papers / Abstracts:
Globally, one of the most critical challenges in the 21st century is to meet the food demand. Although significant progress has been made over the past half-century in reducing hunger and poverty and improving food security and nutrition, in recent times, the world has observed severe challenges, including climate change and the degradation of natural resources. We must shift our focus to sustainable and regenerative food production systems that will feed an ever-increasing population. The agricultural science and development communities want to expand the technologies and toolbox to help create efficient, economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable agricultural systems. One of the modern technologies that might help address the complex problems facing agriculture is the innovative applications of Artificial Intelligence. Shortly, more and more farms will participate in the farm modernization process. Policymakers and farmers will benefit from it to make better decisions. The challenge will lie in involving the resource-poor farmers in this transformative process.

About INSAIT:
Information is just as critical a resource for people in rural areas as it is for those in urban areas. Instant access to information on the availability of inputs, financial resources, technological innovations, and changing market conditions has become critical to the viability of the rural economy. How well the rural areas can respond to this information challenge will play a significant role in determining the future well-being of the rural communities, especially in developing countries like India.
In this context, it is prudent to extend the benefit of IT to agriculture and allied industries. In the future, there is tremendous potential for growth in this sector. Efforts in this direction would help extend the benefits of technological advances to rural people. As a first step in this direction, the Indian Society of Agricultural Information Technology (INSAIT), a professional society, was launched at Dharwad in 2000. INSAIT has organized several scientific meetings, workshops, and national and international conferences, including APFITA twice in 2006 and 2018.

The key objectives of INSAIT are as follows:

- To mobilize farmers, scientists, institutions, and organizations to promote agricultural IT.
- To encourage teaching, research, and extension activities in all aspects of agricultural IT.
- To provide a forum for information exchange and dissemination of agricultural information technology.
- Organize training programs and conventions and publish scientific information through different media to benefit the farming community.

About GenAIAg:
Generative AI, or GenAI, refers to a subset of artificial intelligence techniques that enable machines to generate new content, whether text, images, or even entire datasets, by learning from existing data. Often based on advanced architectures like Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) and Transformer models, these models can create highly realistic and contextually relevant outputs. The state-of-the-art in GenAI includes applications such as GPT-4 for natural language processing, DALL-E for image generation, and advanced models in domains like protein folding and drug discovery. These innovations push the boundaries of what AI can achieve, creating new opportunities for automation, creativity, and problem-solving across various fields.

Generative AI is revolutionizing the global agricultural sector. It’s instrumental in creating solutions to meet the needs of a growing population, with innovations that analyze market demand, forecast prices, optimize farming practices, and monitor weather. It drives an agri-tech market predicted to reach USD 13.8 billion by 2031. At the World Agri-Tech 2024 event, Microsoft and other global leaders shared knowledge on building sustainable agri-food supply chains. The World Economic Forum’s AI4AI initiative is strengthening collaborations to exploit opportunities and challenges of upcoming technologies in agriculture. Generative AI offers solutions that boost productivity, sustainability, and efficiency and is used in applications like crop productivity monitoring, soil fertility, predictive agricultural analytics, and supply chain efficiencies. Integrating generative AI in agriculture enhances global food security by increasing crop yields and reducing waste.

Generative AI is also transforming agriculture in India. Indian farmers are leveraging AI to increase productivity sustainably. The “Saagu Baagu” project under AI4AI has enhanced yields and incomes for 7,000 Chilli farmers from Telangana, doubling their earnings through agritech and data management. Following its success, ‘Saagu Baagu’ is expanding to potentially impact 500,000 farmers across five value chains, demonstrating AI’s vast potential in agriculture. However, smallholder farmers face challenges like erratic weather, climate change impacts, pest infestations, declining yields, and financial constraints. Post-harvest issues like crop wastage, logistics, and market access also pose problems. The adoption of generative AI in AgriTech in India is still evolving and may vary across regions and farm sizes. Factors such as infrastructure availability, data access, and affordability can influence the pace of adoption. The Indian agri-tech market, valued at USD 204 million, is expected to transform exponentially due to AI adoption and supportive government policies. In conclusion, generative AI is transforming agricultural activities globally and in the country, enhancing productivity and efficiency across the agricultural value chain.

Theme: Generative AI for Agriculture
Generative AI has immense agriculture potential to revolutionise practices and address critical challenges. By leveraging GenAI, farmers can benefit from precision farming techniques, which optimise resource use and enhance crop yields. For instance, GenAI can generate detailed simulations of crop growth under different environmental conditions, helping farmers make informed decisions about planting and harvesting. GenAI-powered predictive models can also forecast weather patterns and pest outbreaks, enabling proactive measures to protect crops. Moreover, GenAI can assist in breeding programs by analysing genetic data to create new, resilient crop varieties. The integration of GenAI in agriculture promises to enhance productivity, sustainability, and resilience, ultimately contributing to global food security.

Topics of Interest:
We invite researchers, practitioners, and industry experts to submit original research papers, case studies, and reviews on the following topics related to Generative AI for Agriculture, including but not limited to:

Precision Farming: Applications of GenAI in optimising resource usage, enhancing crop yields, and reducing environmental degradation.

Crop Simulation Models: Development and application of GenAI to simulate crop growth under various environmental conditions.

Predictive Modeling: Use of GenAI for forecasting weather patterns, pest outbreaks, and other critical agricultural events.

Breeding Programs: GenAI in analysing genetic data to develop new crop varieties with enhanced resilience and productivity.

Sustainability: GenAI's role is to promote sustainable agricultural practices and reduce the carbon footprint of farming activities.

Automation: Innovations in agricultural automation using GenAI for tasks such as planting, monitoring, and harvesting.

Data Generation: Techniques for generating synthetic agricultural data to improve model training and validation.

Case Studies: Real-world applications and impact of GenAI in agricultural settings.

Submission Guidelines:
Prospective authors are invited to submit an approximately 300-word one or two-page abstract. The submissions will be accepted through https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=grains2024

All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least three program committee members. At least one author of each accepted abstract must register and present the research at the conference. Accepted and presented abstracts will be considered for chapters to be included in an edited book, “Generative AI in Agriculture,” Same as the Conference title.

Committees:

Patron
Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and Director General, ICAR (to be confirmed)
Dr. Pankaj Chandra, Vice Chancellor, Ahmedabad University

Steering Committee
Chair: Dr. Adinarayana J., Professor, Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering (CSRE), Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay (IITB)
Dr. Devanath Tirupati, Executive Provost, Ahmedabad University
Dr. S. K. Chaudhari, DDG (NRM), ICAR
Dr. R. C. Agrawal, DDG (Education), ICAR
Dr. P L Patil, Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural sciences, Dharwad
Prof. V. C. Patil, Director of K.J. Somaiya Institute of Applied Agricultural Research, Sameerwadi
Dr. Sunil Kale, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ahmedabad University
Dr. V K Dadhwal, Indira Gandhi Chair Professor of Environmental Science, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru
Dr. P. Krishna Reddy, Professor, IIIT Hyderabad
Dr. Anil Rai, ADG (ICAT), ICAR, New Delhi
Dr. Chandrashekhar M. Biradar, Country Director-India and Principal Scientist, CIFOR-ICRAF Asia Continental Program

General Chair
Dr. Sanjay Chaudhary, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ahmedabad University

Organization Committee
Chair
Dr. Mehul S Raval, Professor and Associate Dean, Experiential Learning, Ahmedabad University

Members
Dr. R B Sahoo, Principal Research Scientist, Agrl Physics Division, ICAR-IARI (to be confirmed)
Dr. C Viswanathan, Deputy Director (Research), ICAR-IARI (to be confirmed)
Dr. N G Patil, Principal Scientist, ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (to be confirmed)
Dr. Vimal Mishra, IIT Gandhinagar (to be confirmed)

Program Committee
Chair
Dr. Obi Reddy G P, Principal Scientist & Head, Division of Remote Sensing Applications, ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (ICAR-NBSS&LUP), Nagpur

Members
Dr. Rajani Jain, Principal Scientist, ICAR-National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NIAP), New Delhi
Dr. Soumik Sarkar, Professor, Director, Translational AI Center (TrAC), Iowa State, USA (to be confirmed)
Dr. Jeganathan, C. Professor and Head, Department of Remote Sensing Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra, Ranchi
Dr Srikrishnan Divakaran, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Krea University
Dr. Wei Guo, Associate Professor, University of Tokyo (to be confirmed)
Dr. Manjit Singh, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, Punjab Agriculture University (to be confirmed)
Dr. D.K. Prabhuraj, Director ( KSRSAC ) (to be confirmed)
Dr. U.K. Shanwad, Scientist (Agronomy), UASD (to be confirmed)
Dr. C.P. Chandashekhar, Professor of Agronomy, UASD (to be confirmed)
Dr. Suresh K. Ukarande, Principal (KJSIEIT), Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai (to be confirmed)
Dr. Mandar Chaudhary, Applied Researcher, eBay, USA

Local Arrangements Committee
Dr. Dhaval Patel, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ahmedabad University
Deepak Hiremath, PhD Scholar, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ahmedabad University
Jay Chaudhari, Research Fellow, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ahmedabad University
Yagnik Bhavsar, PhD Scholar, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ahmedabad University


Important Dates:
- Submission of Abstract: September 15, 2024
- Notification of Acceptance: October 1, 2024
- Submission of final version of the abstract: October 15, 2024
- Conference Dates: 25 - 26 October 2024

Venue:
Ahmedabad University, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad - 380009, Gujarat, India

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