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Seminar: HCI and Agriculture

Brianna Posadas

Computing Innovation Fellow, Virginia Tech

Friday, September 24, 2021
2:30pm - 3:45pm
2150 Torgersen Hall

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Abstract:

Modern agriculture is highly technical. In order to feed a growing population with finite resources, farmers, researchers, and agricultural technology providers (ATPs) have turned to technological solutions. From precision agriculture (PA), vertical farming, genetically modified organisms, to farm management, there is no aspect of the agricultural industry that has not been touched by technology. However, it is difficult to build relevant technologies, or even understand if technological interventions are necessary, without an understanding of the full context of how agricultural work is conducted.

The agricultural domain is an underserved research area for human-computer interaction (HCI). In my work, I’m interested in bringing together my training in agricultural engineering and human-centered computing to better understand the ways that farmers, farmworkers, and other stakeholders interact with the new technologies that are becoming necessary in their fields. My research focuses on developing human-technology interfaces using user-centered design practices for the agricultural domain. This talk will discuss some of my projects in this area including XAI for agriculture, using citizen science for precision agriculture, and adopting agricultural technologies for farmers with disabilities.

Biography:

Dr. Brianna B. Posadas is a Computing Innovation Fellow in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech. She is also a fellow with the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation and affiliated with the Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture. Her research is focused on the intersection of agriculture, technology, and user-centered design. Dr. Posadas is the first Latina to earn a doctorate from Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. She also has a M.S. in agricultural and biological engineering from UF and a B.S. in engineering from Harvey Mudd College.