Agriculture: The Next Machine-Learning Frontier

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 11:20 am

In the past decade the high-tech industry has been revolutionized by machine learning algorithms applied to everything from self-driving cars to personalized recommendation systems in domains such as healthcare and marketing.

Agriculture is a less familiar research domain among the machine learning community. Nevertheless, this domain offers unique and challenging scientific opportunities related to the spatio-temporal nature of the data, the multi-resolution data sources, the interaction with environmental models.

In this talk, I will introduce The Climate Corporation and how its using Data Science to tackle some of the most challenging problems growers face these days. Furthermore, I will present a few of our ongoing research projects in the fields of agronomy, remote sensing and weather modeling and our philosophy of solving these problems.

Agriculture: The Next Machine-Learning Frontier | Data Dialogs 2016

Director of Data Science
Data Science Center for Excellence for The Climate Corporation

Sivan is a Director of Data Science for the Data Science Center of Excellence for The Climate Corporation. In this capacity, Sivan and her team are supporting the development of innovative data-driven solutions to help growers optimize their operations across the globe. In addition, as part of her role Sivan is helping to develop and adopt best-practices for leading Data Science teams.

Sivan began her career in the Israeli military serving as an instructor for an anti-tank missile unit. She then transitioned to school and received her undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master in Statistics from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. She later moved to the U.S. to complete a Ph.D. degree in Statistics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Sivan’s experiences from the military, academia and private industry shaped her leadership style. She is an enthusiastic disagreeable giver and a constant empirical driven learner. Sivan is also a proud mother of two adorable boys.