Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Rapid Innovations in SystEms Engineering and Agricultural Sustainability (RiseEnAg)
Project runs from 09/01/2018 to 08/31/2019
We propose this planning grant to fund activities that will crystallize the engineering research theme and further define the research thrusts that are needed to accomplish the targeted societal impact of the Engineering Research Center for Accelerating Agricultural Sustainability from Seed to Table. This Engineering Research Center proposes integrative systems solutions and innovative strategies that will address the challenges associated with food security in the 21st century. We anticipate that the engineering solutions and decision support systems that are developed as part of this ERC will accelerate the discovery breeding and management strategies for increasing crop yield under current resource constraints and enhance crop robustness to minimize losses that occur at various stages of the food supply chain. The ERC will have four synergistic research thrusts: 1) Sensor Development, Calibration, and Integration; 2) Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Multiscale Modeling for Improving Plant Yield, Robustness, and Development; 3) Heterogenous Testbeds for Inducing and Monitoring Complex Growth Conditions; and 4) Data Management Cyberinfrastructure and High Speed Computing Architecture Development.