AgTech Innovation Summit 2017 - Ag Data State of the Union


Robert Brunner, University of Illinois

Robert J. Brunner is a professor in the School of Information Sciences and in the Department of Accountancy in the College of Business. Robert is also the Data Science Expert-in-Residence for UIUC Research Park. His primary research goal focuses on the application of statistical and machine learning to a variety of real-world problems, and in making these efforts easier, faster, and more precise.


Mark Moran, John Deere

Mark joined Deere in 1998 and has held a variety of roles in IT, Engineering, and Marketing. He focuses on how Information & Communication Technology can enable and disrupt enterprises. Mark has a BS in General Engineering from the University of Illinois (1993), an MBA from the University of Iowa (2003), and an SM in System Design & Management from MIT (2011).

Bborie Park, Granular

Bborie has been with Granular from the beginning. He has been involved with almost every part of Granular's Farm Management System. Bborie can typically be found designing the next major components to improve the user experience of Granular customers.

Chris Harbourt, Agrible

With over 25 years of agricultural and entrepreneurial experience, Chris strives to push boundaries using big data and create tools to maximize agricultural productivity. Chris was named one of Central Illinois Business Magazine's 2013 Forty Under 40, is on the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation board,
and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Neil Hausmann, DuPont Pioneer

Neil Hausmann began his career at DuPont Pioneer in 2004 in Woodland, California, as part of Pioneer’s drought tolerance breeding efforts. Now residing in Iowa, Neil leads efforts to discover, validate and deploy advanced field sensing technologies for DuPont Pioneer.

Jim Mellon, Syngenta

As a University of Illinois graduate, Jim began a 6 year career in toxicology research at a CRO, and then moving into IT roles. Jim then worked at Syngenta and its legacy companies in 1987 with roles in R&D, E-commerce, and product development, and R&D IS. During this career Jim was responsible for many technology firsts in the company. Jim as named a Syngenta Science and Technology Fellow in 2006.