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Recorded Webinar: AI in Agriculture: How Computer Vision is Scaling Sustainability


One of the most exciting advancements in regenerative agriculture programs is the marriage of remote sensing and artificial intelligence (AI). Together, these technologies are transforming our ability to monitor the management of row crops. Modern programs focused on regenerative farming, Scope 3 emissions reduction, and carbon sequestration require reliable insights about on-the-ground management practices. Historically, this information was collected through time-consuming surveys or disrupting interviews with farmers. While valuable, the time needed to undertake these efforts made it impossible to scale them up and cover the entire country. Now, with satellite-based remote sensing and AI, these insights are delivered instantly, at scale, at high resolution, and, importantly, without disrupting farmers.

Remote sensing measures crop growth throughout the year so that the growers can analyze conditions based on the data and take action that will have a positive influence on the harvest outcome. But what exactly is remote sensing? In this recorded webinar, the CIBO team will share an overview of remote sensing, ways to use the data and how remote sensing data can be used for decision-making among the agriculture and food security communities.

We’ll cover:

  • Remote sensing 101
  • Where remote sensing data comes from and how to use it
  • Updates to CIBO’s remote sensing capabilities

Our panelists:

Ernesto Brau, Lead Computer Vision Scientist

Ernesto Brau is the Lead Computer Vision Scientist at CIBO. Prior to CIBO, he worked on computer vision for AiBee Inc., Intel Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Universidad de Sonora in Mexico, along with an MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Arizona.

Subhash Bylaiah, Senior Data Scientist

Subhash Bylaiah is a Data Scientist at CIBO. He holds a Bachelors of Engineering from the Malnad College of Engineering and a Master of Science in Data Science from Indiana University Bloomington.

Pankaj Bhambhani, Data Scientist

Pankaj Bhambhani is a Data Scientist at CIBO. He holds a B.Tech in Information and Communication Technology from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Additional Resources 

Guided Learning Path – Regenerative Ag Verification 101

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Computer Vision and Remote Sensing: Agricultural Information in the 21st Century

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How Remotely Sensed Performance Zone Maps Improve Agriculture Assessments

By Pankaj Bhambhani

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