April 18, 2024
Helping to Grow the IT Community in Southeast North Carolina

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Keynote Speaker

Brian David Johnson

Dr. Saraju P. Mohanty

Professor at the University of North Texas

Everything You Wanted to Know About Smart Agriculture

Traditional agriculture needs to adopt technologies to be efficient, sustainable, eco-friendly, leading to smart agriculture. This talk will present the trends and challenges in the smart agriculture which is essentially agriculture Cyber-Physical System (A-CPS) built using Internet-of-Agro-Things (IoAT). The talk will focus on technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) which supports automation, along with the blockchain and Security-by-Design (SbD) which provides agriculture data integrity and security. The talk will address many questions about smart agriculture including:

(1) What are some Trends of Agriculture?
(2) What is IoAT and A-CPS?
(3) What are the challenges of design and operation of smart agriculture?
(4) What are AI solutions for smart agriculture?
(5) What are cybersecurity solutions for smart agriculture?
(6) What are some smart agriculture examples? More...

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1:00 p.m. - Registration Opens
1:30 p.m. - Learning eXchanges
1:30 p.m. - Cyber Room Opens
2:30 p.m. - Learning eXchanges
3:30 p.m. - Featured Speaker:
4:15 p.m. - Exhibits Open
5:00 p.m. - Networking/Refreshments

Learning eXchanges

Workshops / panels / presentations to increase your IT skills.
Topics include:
  • Decision Aiding, Autonomy, and Networked Collaborative Systems
    Thomas "Spike" Horrigan
    Systems Engineer
  • How AI will Impact How We Perform Jobs from Project to Product Management
    Adam McCombs
    Vice President of Information Technology
  • Medical Technology: Opportunities to Improve Cyber Resilience in Healthcare
    Andrew Speirs
    Founder and CEO, CyberWise Strategic Consulting, LLC
  • Practical Applications of Large Language Models in Modern Software Engineering
    Thomas Lovette
    Senior Engineering Manager, Vantaca
  • Resourcing Analytics - Using Data to Manage a Multi-national Consulting Group
    Susan Lawhead
    Test Engineer, SAS Professional Consulting
    Angela Hall
    Sr. Director of Consulting Services, SAS Professional Consulting
  • Underleveled: Landing Your First Job as a Game Artist
    Wes Owens
    Art Director of Studio Wilmington, Grover Gaming

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Topics include:
  • Coastal Eco Explorer
  • Interactive Video Grid
  • Pearl Surf
  • Precision Livestock Management: Revolutionizing Healthcare for Farm Animals through IoMT
  • Robotic Arm with Grasper
  • Sana-Solo: An Intelligent Approach to Soil Fertility
  • Shared Control Strategies for Semi-Autonomous Robotic Surgery
  • Unmasking AI Personalities in a Social Experiment
  • Visualizing human data using the Emotibit sensor and Touch Designer

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