Why Digital Agriculture is Fertile Ground for Software Systems Research
supported by IBM Research
In this talk, I will try to make a case that more computer systems researchers, including those working on programming languages and software systems, should look for new research opportunities in the field of Digital Agriculture. I will start by describing briefly several examples of broad computing challenges in this field. I will then drill deeper into a few specific examples of past or ongoing software systems projects, both from our research and that of other research groups, where new research was needed to solve important digital agriculture challenges. I will briefly discuss a wide range of federal funding opportunities available for collaborative research spanning Computer Science and many different aspects of agriculture. The key observation is that digital agriculture raises difficult and interesting research challenges for Computer Science researchers in general, and software systems researchers in particular.
Vikram Adve is the Donald B. Gillies Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a Co-founder and Co-Director of the Center for Digital Agriculture and leads AIFARMS, a $20M National Artificial Intelligence Research Institute funded by NIFA and NSF. Adve’s research interests lie in developing and using compiler techniques to improve the performance, programmability and reliability of computer systems. Adve and his Ph.D. student, Chris Lattner, co-designed the LLVM Compiler Infrastructure, which enables a novel approach to “lifelong compilation” of programs in a wide range of general-purpose programming languages. For example, most mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV are shipped by developers to Apple in the LLVM compiler representation called “LLVM bitcode” and then compiled and specialized for the various end-user devices. LLVM is widely used in industry today, ranging from mobile devices (e.g., iOS and Android) to supercomputers (e.g., at NVIDIA, Cray, IBM and Intel) to data centers (e.g., at Google). Adve, Lattner and Evan Cheng received the ACM Software System Award in 2012 for co-developing LLVM. Adve has won a ten-year-retrospective Most Influential Paper award at CGO 2004, and distinguished paper awards at several conferences including PLDI 2005, SOSP 2007 and ICSE 2011. He has served as the Associate Editor for the ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems, and co-chaired the Program Committees for ASPLOS 2010, VEE 2008, and LCPC 2007. One of Adve’s Ph.D. students, Robert Bocchino, won the 2010 ACM SIGPLAN Outstanding Dissertation Award and another student, John Criswell, won Honorable Mentions for both the 2014 ACM SIGOPS Dissertation Award and the 2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. Adve is a Fellow of the ACM and was named a University Scholar at the University of Illinois in 2015. He served as Interim Head of the Computer Science Department from 2017 to 2019.
Conference DayThu 19 NovDisplayed time zone: Central Time (US & Canada) change
07:00 - 08:20
|Why Digital Agriculture is Fertile Ground for Software Systems Researchsupported by IBM Research|
Vikram S. AdveUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignLink to publication