Dr. Tarin Paz-Kagan, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Israel

Senior Lecturer & Organizing Committee

Dr. Paz-Kagan is a remote-sensing scientist who is using computing and information technology dedicated to soil and plant interaction for agricultural and environmental studies. Her research focuses on identifying and quantifying spatial and temporal patterns in soil and plant distribution and their interactions in response to biotic and abiotic stress.

Dr. Victor Alchanatis, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani, Israel

Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Alchanatis is a senior research scientist at the Institute of Agricultural Engineering at ARO. His research focuses on sensing technologies and their application to agricultural and environmental systems: optical sensing in the visible, near-infrared and thermal infrared spectrum, hyper-spectral and multi-spectral image processing, computer vision and classification systems.

Dr. Yael Laor, ARO, Volcani, Israel

Scientific Director, The Model Farm for Sustainable Agriculture

Dr. Laor researches the management and recycling of agricultural and municipal wastes and the environmental impacts associated with these processes. Composting is in the core of her research work, including aspects of process control, emissions of gases and odors, pathogen survival and compost quality for agronomic use.

Dr. Jason O. Hallstrom, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA

Program Director, NSF

Dr. Hallstrom serves within the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate. His areas of program responsibility include Computer Systems Research, Future of Semiconductors, Formal Methods in the Field, Expeditions in Computing, CISE Community Research Infrastructure, and Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1.