At Phenome 2018, researchers and developers in the phenomics space—including plant biologists, engineers, data scientists, ecologists, agronomists, and computer scientists—will come together to learn, innovate, and network in sunny Tucson, Arizona. Don’t miss out this year! Registration is open for Phenome 2018: Connecting Biology, Systems, and Tools, to be held on Feb. 14–17 in Tucson, AZ.

The second general session of Phenome 2018 focuses on Systems and Sensor Development to Advance Phenomics and will detail systems and sensors being developed for the efficient, high-throughput measurement of traits—measurements that form the basis of phenomics.

The mode of trait measurement varies widely. Keynote speaker Sindhuja Sankaran (Washington State University) will describe her work on sensor technologies for non-invasive, high-throughput crop phenotyping of field and post-harvest traits. Malia Gehan (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center) will describe plant temperature-stress tolerance and the development of image-based phenotyping tools to quantify natural variation in tolerance. Dan Sabo (Georgia Tech Research Institute) will highlight his  work in Electrical Capacitance Tomography for root monitoring and applications in phenotyping.

Robotics is becoming widespread in phenomics, with increased focus on automation to provide high-throughput phenotyping. Session attendees will hear from Brittany Duncan (University of Nebraska), James Janni (DuPont Pioneer), and Jian Jin (Purdue University) on topics including unmanned aerial robotic systems for phenotyping, human–robot interaction, big data modelling, analytics for imaging, and machine vision. Rick van de Zedde (Wageningen University)—also a keynote speaker—will describe the vast possibilities offered by ‘Agro Food Robotics’ in his talk “Automation and robotics for high-throughput phenotyping and precision horticulture and agriculture”. Sierra Young (University of Illinois) will describe her research in the use of unmanned robotic systems for high-throughput crop phenotyping in the field. In addition, Pedro Andrade-Sanchez (University of Arizona) will discuss the world's largest robotic field scanner, currently monitoring 1.5 acres of energy sorghum.

Session presenters will also provide examples of the application of phenomics to specific research areas. Diane Rowland (University of Florida) will describe her use of phenomics in capturing plant biotic and abiotic stress responses. Application of aerial robotics, automation, and precision agriculture techniques in citrus production will be presented by Reza Ehsani (UC Merced).

GENERAL SESSION II: Systems and Sensor Development to Advance Phenomics will take place Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

Submit an abstract by December 1st to be considered for a talk in one of two Concurrent Sessions that also focus on this topic!