3rd Annual Crops in silico Symposium & Hackathon

    Symposium and Workshop: July 31 – August 2

    Hackathon: August 3, 2018

    Urbana, Illinois


    Symposium and Workshop: Coordinating Cis research, training and education

    The Symposium will explore advancements in plant modeling while highlighting what can be gained from tools and lessons learned from computer scientists. The goal of the Symposium is to establish steps toward coordinating research, training and educational activities


    Hackathon: Lowering the barriers to model integration

    The Hackathon will consist of short tutorials alternating with practical exercise that will guide participants through model integration using a prototype framework that enables communication, orchestration, and transformation. Computer programmers, software developers, interface designers and plant biologists will work side-by-side during this one day hands-on event. Only basic coding skills are necessary.


    TENTATIVE agenda

    Tuesday, July 31

    6 pm Keynote talk followed by reception

    Wednesday, August 1

    9-5:30 Symposium and Workshop

    Thursday, August 2

    9-5 Symposium and Workshop

    Friday, August 3

    8:30-5 Hackathon


    More details coming soon!

    Keynote Speaker

    Kaiyu Guan

    Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois

    Dr. Guan provides solutions for real-life problems, such as large-scale crop monitoring and forecasting, water management and sustainability, and global food security. He uses satellite data, computational models, field work, and machine learning approaches to address how climate and human practices affect crop productivity, water resource availability, and ecosystem functioning.


    Siobhan A. Braybrook

    Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, UCLA

    The Braybrook Group at UCLA studies the generation of form in walled organisms: plants and algae. Her research has two main goals: 1) to understand the mechanics of shape growth in plants and algae, and 2) to understand the cell wall as a dynamic composite material.

    Guillaume Lobet

    Assistant Professo, Forschungszentrum Jülich (IBG3, Agrosphere) and the Université catholique de Louvain (Earth and Life Institute)

    The aim of Guillaume’s research is (i) to understand how various signals that carry information are interacting and being conveyed and integrated at the plant level and (ii) to amplify discrete physiological knowledge into functional plant processes. All of that using Functional Structural Plant Models.

    Christophe Pradal

    Researcher in Plant Modelling and Computer Science, UMR AGAP, Univiversité de Montpellier, CIRAD, INRA, Inria

    Christophe has developed software for plant modelling including OpenALEA, a scalable, modular and open software platform for plant modeling and simulation and V-Plants, the software components of Virtual Plants. He also specializes in geometrical and topological modeling for plant representation and scientific workflow and software engineering.

    Jörg Schwender

    Principal Investigator, Biology, Brookhaven National Laboratory

    The Schwender group is interested in increasing the basic understanding of control and regulation of plant central metabolism, with focus on heterotrophic sink tissues like seeds. They use isotope labeling experiments, mathematical models and computer simulation to describe and analyze metabolism quantitatively.

    Yu Wang

    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois

    Yu Wang is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois. Her research focuses on the metabolic modeling of the photosynthetic process in plants.

    Alex Wu

    Research Officer, Centre for Crop Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

    Alex conducts research on the physiology and genetics of complex adaptive traits in field crops. He developed the Diurnal Canopy Photosynthesis Simulator (DCaPS) online application, which calculates diurnal canopy CO2 assimilation and daily biomass increment for a crop under well-watered conditions.

    Additional speakers coming soon!




    The poster session will provide the opportunity for individuals to present their research and offers an excellent venue for extended informal discussion with meeting attendees. A limited number of abstracts that will be accepted for short talks and priority will be given to students, postdocs, and early career professional


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    Registration is free and includes meals. Registration will open soon.


    Attendees will need to secure their own lodging.

     Symposium Location

    The Symposium will be held at Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology on the University of Illinois campus


    Meeting Organizers

    Steve Long

    Departments of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences, University of Illinois

    Amy Marshall-Colon

    Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois

    Matt Turk

    School of Information Sciences and Department of Astronomy, University of Illinois



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