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Barteld Braaksma, Innovation Manager, Statistics Netherlands, NL

 MG 9189 pp cropped 80pxlBarteld Braaksma is innovation manager at CBS, the National Statistical Institute of the Netherlands. In this role he has supported and promoted a wide range of innovation tracks during the past five years, often in the form of concrete pilots or proofs of concept. For example, the current open data site of CBS started as a proof of concept under his responsibility. Other examples include the first infographics published by CBS, the introduction of a process mining tool for internal process optimisation, a number of concrete big data experiments and some pilots involving the use of mobile devices and sensors. In many cases, these innovation tracks have been realised in close collaboration with public and/or private partners like cities, universities, large companies and small start-ups. He is also a member of the management team of the Center for Big Data Statistics that was established by CBS in 2016. In the past, Barteld has been involved in a broad range of activities at CBS, including research, development of new statistics, quality management and enterprise architecture. Beside his CBS duties, Barteld is active in different international groups at European and United Nations level; for example as innovation manager for the UN/ECE Modernisation Committee on Products and Sources and as a member of the ESS Steering Group on Big Data. He was secretary to the high-level group that formulated the ESS Vision 2020. Barteld was trained as a mathematician, in particular in nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory. Before and during his career at CBS he taught mathematics at various universities in Holland and Belgium. In his free time, Barteld likes to play bridge; which implies a form of data processing which neither concerns open data nor big data.

Martin Gerzabek, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, AT

Martin H. Gerzabek studied agriculture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) and received the Doctor of Agricultural Sciences (plant nutrition) in 1987; Docent for soil science: 1993. 1984-2003 he was scientist at the Austrian Institute of Technology, 1997 –2003 head of the department of environmental research there. Since 2001 he is full professor for environmental toxicology and isotopic methods at BOKU, vice-rector for research 2003-2010, rector 2009-2018. He is founding president of ICA-CASEE and was president of the Danube Rectors' Conference and vice-president of ICA. He received four honouree doctorates, the Emil-Ramann medal of the German Soil Science Society, honouree membership of the Intern. Union of Soil Sciences and is holder of the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria and the Federal State of Lower Austria. He is corresponding member of the OAW, member of the Academia Europaea and acatech.

Lukasz Grus, Wageningen Data Competence Centre & Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University and Research, NL

Lukasz Grus is a graduate (MSc) of Joint Division of Spatial Economics, at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland and graduate (MSc) of the Department of Geo-information Science at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He finished his PhD at Wageningen University on the Assessment methods of the spatial data infrastructures. Since then he has been working as an assistant professor in the Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing at Wageningen University focussing on spatial data infrastructures, open data and data science. For 8 years he has been combining his academic career with a position at Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). Currently he works at Wageningen University as an Education coordinator data science at Wageningen Data Competence Centre.

Andreas Jedlitschka, Head of Department Data Engineering, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE), DE

Andreas Jedlitschka received his M.S. degree (Diplom, 1994) and PhD (Dr.-Ing., 2009) in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern. After working seven years as an IT-consultant at Voss&Kamb und Partner GmbH he joined Fraunhofer IESE in 2000 where he worked as project manager and scientist. Currently he is heading the department "Data Engineering", dealing with a systematic approach to topics related to data (Why, What, When, Where, Who, Which, How). His research interest is empirically-based and data-driven decision support where he has published several papers in Journals and Conferences. More recently, Andreas focuses his work on business value and the use of large, heterogenuous data sources (now named Big Data) for detecting patterns and in particular deviations from those. In terms of analytics, he co-authored a German patent on "Verfahren zur unaufdringlichen Überwachung einer Person und System zur Durchführung des Verfahrens". His most cited work is on "guidelines for reporting controlled experiments in software engineering". The guidelines provide one starting point for the adoption of the evidence-based SE paradigm. Dr. Jedlitschka is member several Program Committees (e.g., ESEM, PROFES) and served as a Program Co-Chair of ESEM 2016 and as the General Chair of PROFES2013 He represents Fraunhofer IESE in the International Software Engineering Research Network (ISERN). In projects with industry and under European FP5 (ESERNET), FP6 (EMERGE, VIDE, ReDSeeDS), FP7 (OASIS, AALIANCE, MUNDUS) and H2020 (Q-Rapids) he had/has leading roles. Andreas is lecturer for "Empirical Model building and Methods" at the university of Kaiserslautern, further he is regularly giving talks on big data and artificial intelligence

Petra Jorasch, Manager Plant Breeding and Innovation Advocacy, European Seed Association, BE

 Dr Petra Jorasch holds a PhD in plant molecular plant biology from the University of Hamburg in 1999. In 2000 she became IP Expert at GFPi Service Ltd., a company which supports the German breeding industry in questions of IP and technology transfer. Since 2014 she was Vice Secretary General of the German Plant Breeders' Association (BDP). During her career she developed solid experience in biotech patent law and plant variety as well as in regulatory issues concerning modern plant breeding methods. Petra joined the European Seed Association - ESA in February 2017 as the spokesperson of the EU plant breeding sector on modern plant breeding methods and innovative technologies.

Corné Kempenaar, Wageningen Plant Research, Wageningen University and Research & Aeres University of Applied Sciences, Dronten, NL.

 Corné Kempenaar works as senior scientist at Wageningen Plant Research for over 25 years on strategic research question in weed control, crop protection and variable rate applications in agriculture. In recent years, he is coordinator several public-private R&D programs, such as PL2.0 and DISAC ( ). Additionally, Corné is lector Precision Agriculture at the Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Dronten, NL. Corné is coordinator of the National Field Lab for Precision Agriculture in the Netherlands ( ). Corné grew up on an arable farm in The Netherlands, and holds an MSc and PhD from Wageningen University.


Marc Mauermann, Deputy Director Division Processing Technology Dresden, Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, DE

 Marc Mauermann is responsible for R&D-management and R&D-strategy in the area of packaging processes, packaging machinery and hygienic processing. Since 4 years projects with respect to digitization in food production have been growing in number and complexity. The focus of the project is mainly dedicated to aspects of food safety and process efficiency. In his role he is initiating R&D tracks and is linking the knowledge of experts in food production with the expertise of experts in data science and automation. He is member of Executive Committee of the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) and their Working Group Training & Education. The principal goal of EHEDG is the promotion of safe food by improving hygienic engineering and design in all aspects of food manufacture. He is a mechanical engineer by education. In 2012 Marc finished his Ph.D. about spray cleaning processes at the Technische Universität Dresden.

Kevin McDonnell, University College Dublin, IE

Kevin McDonnell has a joint appointment between Crop Science in the School of Agriculture & Food, and Biosystems in the School of Biosystems Engineering in UCD. His areas of teaching and research at undergraduate and taught graduate level deals with crop production, sustainable energy systems, precision agriculture & decision support systems, sustainable agriculture production, agricultural mechanisation, and green technologies. He has a current research team of 8 PhD students, 2 research masters and 1 Post Doctorate. He has over 135 peer reviewed papers published and has secured funding in excess of 4 million in his own name in the last 5 years from national and international competitive funding calls. Kevin has spun out 2 campus companies to work on the research developed in his research programme and he initialised a campus wide research consultancy programme for the University and is on the board for ConsultUCD to manage this programme.

Christian Patermann, International Bioecoomy Adviser, after dinner invited speaker  - click here

Wouter Saeys, Division of Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors (MeBioS), KULeuven, BE

saeys cropped 80pxlWouter Saeys obtained his Master's degree in Bioscience Engineering: option Agricultural Engineering from KU Leuven, in 2002. On the basis of his Master's thesis on plant distance control for precision agriculture applications, he was awarded the engineering prize by the Royal Flemish Society of Engineers (KVIV). In 2006, he obtained a PhD in Bioscience Engineering from KU Leuven under the supervision of Professors Herman Ramon and Josse De Baerdemaeker for his research on precision fertilization with animal manure using NIRS for on-line manure composition measurement. As a postdoctoral fellow of the Flemisch Research Foundation (FWO-Vlaanderen), he specialised in light transport modelling during a six month stay at the School for Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, under the supervision of Dr. Suresh Thennadil, and in Chemometrics during a six month stay at the Norwegian Food Research Institute – Matforsk, Norway, under the supervision of Dr. Tormod Naes. In 2010, he was appointed as assistant professor at the KU Leuven tems Department of KU Leuven, where he leads the Biophotonics group with a focus on applications in the AgroFood chain and is responsible for the Master in Biosystems Engineering. His main research interests include light transport modelling and optical characterisation of biological materials, chemometrics, agricultural automation and robotics. In 2013, he was awarded by the European Network of Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS) with the 'Young Statistician Award' for his work on multivariate calibration of spectroscopic sensors in the agrofood industry. He was WP leader in the EU FP7 project PicknPack responsible for the development of the Quality Assessment and Sensing Module. Since 2017, he is associate professor in the KU Leuven Department of Biosystems. He is member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Biosystems Engineering. He has supervised 20 PhDs and is (co-)author of 140+ peer reviewed journal articles (ISI). ;

Vik Vandecaveye – Connected Services Industry Relations – CNH Industrial

Vik 80pxlVik Vandecaveye has a Sonology degree from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and a Masters in Industrial Business Administration from the University of Ghent. After running his own business in streaming internet services, he joined CNH (now CNH Industrial) in the supply chain department, taking care of data management at all levels of planning and execution. As a logical consequence of his executive reporting duties, he carried on with market intelligence and statistical analysis. Vik Vandecaveye was at the birth of a business unit for precision agriculture. He designed the strategy for connectivity and analytics related to vehicles. Today Vik takes care of building the eco-system containing many participants from different parts of the value chain. Vik Vandecaveye chairs the "Digital Farming" workgroup in CEMA, the voice of the Agricultural Machinery in Europe.