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Farm to Plate AI

This is a hands-on workshop that demonstrates using AI to develop more sustainable and improved food supply chains. #softwareForHumanity

In the Sustainable Development Goals report for 2022, the United Nations found that nearly 1 in 3 people lacked regular access to adequate food in 2020. At the same time, nearly 13% of food is lost in the food supply chain from harvesting to transport to storage to processing. When food is wasted, so are the energy, land, and resources that were used to create it. We can use emerging technology to develop more sustainable food chains.
Autonomous robots, artificial intelligence and remote sensing technology can optimize farm operations using precision farming, automate harvesting and grading, and monitor food quality during transportation. Reducing waste at each of these stages increases throughput.

Presented by

Sindhuja Parimalarangan, Senior Performance Engineer, MathWorks

Sindhuja Parimalarangan is a Senior Performance Engineer on the MATLAB Performance team at MathWorks. Her responsibilities include analyzing the performance of our products, benchmarking them with other industry standard tools and communicating the state of performance internally and externally. She is an advovcate for diverse representation and inclusion in the tech industry and is involved in various activities to move the needle in the right direction.

Sindhuja completed her college in the field of Electronics and Communication in India, followed by the Master’s program in the Computer Science department at Pennsylvania State University. She is passionate about volunteering in tutoring and mentorship programs including Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study Program. She trains in Indian classical music and enjoys reading, taking long walks, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Alekhya Pallapotu, Technical Team Lead – Test & Measurement, MathWorks

Alekhya Pallapotu is a Technical Team Lead in Test at MathWorks, who works in the Test & Measurement area to design and implement cutting-edge software frameworks to perform automated testing of functionalities developed to communicate with Hardware devices across multiple domains like Automotive, Instrument Communication etc. She has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her 7 years at MathWorks, she has worked in both customer facing roles helping customers troubleshoot technical issues and software facing roles where she actively created software frameworks for front-end applications and interface-based Hardware Applications. Alekhya Pallapotu is passionate about volunteering and tutoring both within the company and outside. She has designed and created training content for Browser Based Testing and Hardware testing that is used across the company. She is an active speaker and facilitated multiple workshops delivering these trainings to the whole company. She delivered technical presentations on using MQTT with MATLAB at the MathWorks Advisory Board held for the customers.

Anoush Najarian, Software Engineering Manager, MATLAB Performance Team, MathWorks

Software Engineering Manager at MathWorks leading teams focusing on performance engineering and AI-assisted coding, and nurturing grassroots DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) and Ethical AI efforts. On the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics list. Served as AI and Data Science Co-Chair of GHC (Grace Hopper Celebration), Chair of the Board of Directors of CMG, the inaugural Virtual Co-Chair of ICML, and Meetup Co-Chair of NeurIPS.