International Conference on
Statistics & Big Data Bioinformatics in Agricultural Research

ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India

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The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)( is organizing 70th Annual “International Conference on Statistics & Big Data Bioinformatics in Agricultural Research” at its headquarter ICRISAT, Patancheru, Telangana under annual meeting of Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics (ISAS)( ISAS is the first society of statisticians with special interest in agriculture in India and is celebrating seven decades of its formation. Please see Conference Brochure for more details.


ISAS70 has various technical sessions on themes related to recent advances in statistics, phenotyping, bioinformatics, geo-statistics, data management and big data analytics. Delegates from different part of world will join this important event. Register now to become part of this important event.


Two parallel pre-conference workshops will also be organised on November 20, 2016.

  • Application of R in Bioinformatics
  • Breeding Data Management & Analysis using BMS & VSNi tools
Limited seats are available in these workshops with special discounts for students. Click here to register now.


David Bergvinson

Director General, ICRISAT, India

Dr. Bergvinson has a well-articulated passion for smallholder agriculture, and a strong desire to improve the lives of the hundreds of millions of impoverished small farmers and their families living in the semi-arid tropics of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He regards himself as an agent of change, and he possesses a clear vision for how science and partnerships can come together to accelerate the pace of development in the world's poorest and most disadvantaged agrarian regions.

Trilochan Mohapatra

Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR, India

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra holding the position of Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education & Director General, ICAR. Prior to this he worked as Director-cum-Vice Chancellor of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI). Mohapatra is a scientist working in the area of molecular genetics and genomics. He has over 145 research papers in national and international journals of repute and several book chapters.His research accomplishments include development of the first high yielding Basmati rice variety resistant to bacterial leaf blight through molecular marker assisted selection, and physical mapping and genome sequencing of rice and tomato. His contribution to science is reflected from high h-index and i10 index.

Jeffrey Ehlers

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Dr. Jeffrey Ehlers obtained his PhD from UC Davis in Genetics and Plant Breeding (1984). Took a position with IITA as a cowpea breeder based in Kenya 1985-1988. He joined small private company in partnership with his major professor back in California to work on developing wild rice (Zizania aquatica) cultivars.1989-1991. Joined University of California, Riverside as a legume breeder 1992-2012. While their, he authored or co-authored more than 65 peer-reviewed publications, helped mentor young African breeders in their release of more than 20 improved cultivars. He also holds several plant patents and has release several varieties for California. His team at UC Riverside helped bring the orphan crop cowpea into the modern genomics breeding world with the establishment of high density genetic maps, genotyping platforms and whole genome sequence, in addition to cultivar developing and mentoring and guiding African legume breeding programs. Retired in 2012 to join the Gates Foundation where he makes and manages grants, mostly in crop Improvement of Legumes, sorghum and millets.

Peter Carberry

Deputy Director General-Research, ICRISAT, India

Dr. Peter Carberry, an Australian national, is the Deputy Director General- Research, ICRISAT. Dr. Carberry received his PhD in Agriculture from the University of Sydney. Before joining ICRISAT, Peter was Chief Research Scientist and Partnership Leader (CSIRO-DFAT Africa Food Security Initiative), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia. His expertise is in crop physiology and in the development and application of systems models. He is a key developer of the Agricultural Production Systems Simulator (APSIM) cropping systems model.

Gary Atlin

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, USA

Dr. Gary Atlin is research manager, agricultural development specialist, and plant breeder with 30 years of experience in cultivar development, genetic analysis, and the management and optimization of breeding programs in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Currently Senior Program Officer within the Agricultural Research and Development team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Prashant Gupta

Principal Director, Microsoft Cloud & Enterprise Division, India

Prashant Gupta works as Principal Director in Microsoft Cloud & Enterprise Division. He has contributed to company’s cloud computing strategy since its early days incl. work on introduction of Linux in Windows Azure IaaS and acquisition of Revolution R for SQL Server and Azure Machine Learning.

S. Ayyappan

Former Secretary (DARE) & DG-ICAR, India

Dr. Ayyappan is the former Secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) of the Ministry of Agriculture of India. From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Ayyappan served in the Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries as Founder-Chief Executive of the National Fisheries Development Board. It is where he established the Board’s infrastructure and programs, including the Expert Group on Deep Sea Fisheries. He has chaired numerous committees, working groups, and task forces in India’s Ministry of Agriculture. This includes the Expert Committee for Development of Freshwater Aquaculture (2000-2001), the Working Group to formulate the Model Bill for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture (2004), and the Task Force on Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology (2006-2009).

Reinhard Simon

Bioinformatics Scientist, CIP, Peru

Dr. Reinhard Simon is Data scientist with a biological background starting with farming to conducting field trials to working with farmers groups in seed production to applying molecular biology to breeding and genetic resources management and, as of late, using informatics for more effective use of field and lab data. Experience in data mining, machine learning, high performance computing, parallel computing and cloud computing. Google Scholar:

Joanna Kane-Potaka

Director-Strategic Marketing & Communication , ICRISAT, India

Ms. Joanna Kane-Potaka, an Australian national, is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication, ICRISAT. Ms. Potaka has a Master of Science degree in Global Marketing. Prior to joining ICRISAT, she was Director, Communications and Marketing Information and Knowledge Group, IWMI. She was also Head, Information Management and Marketing, Bioversity International and Information and Communications Leader, WorldFish Center. She began her career as an agricultural economist with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and later moved into market research in the agribusiness area of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries.


Deputy Director General (Engineering), ICAR, India

Dr. K. Alagusundaram is the Deputy Director General of the Agricultural Engineering Division and very well known for his achievements in the areas of food and crop processing technology. Prior to joining as DDG (AE), he served as the Director of Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (Ministry of Food Processing Industries) which is located at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. His main focus of work will be creating, at several places in the country, NABL accredited Food Testing Laboratory, ISO certified Food Processing Training cum Business Incubation Centers and world class research laboratories for research in farm mechanization, food processing, renewable energy use in agriculture and soil and water conservation engineering.

Saumyadipta Pyne

Professor, IIPH, India

Dr. Saumyadipta Pyne joined as Professor at the Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad, in late 2015. Formerly, he held the prestigious PC Mahalanobis Chair while being Professor and Head of Bioinformatics, in CR Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. He is also Remote Research Associate of Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, USA. Dr. Saumyadipta Pyne research interests include Big Data in Life Sciences and Health Informatics, Computational Statistics and High-dimensional Data Modeling. He is actively engaged in promoting Big Data research and training activities in India and abroad.

Fred van Eeuwijk

Professor, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Dr. Fred van Eeuwijk is Professor in Applied Statistics, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Dr. Eeuwijk studied Biology and Philosophy at Utrecht Univeristy in the Netherlands, where he graduated in 1985. He worked as a statistician at Plant Research International (1985-1996) , associate profeesor in Statistics at Wageningen University (1997-2000), associate professor in Plant Breeding at the same university (2001-2006) and in October 2006 full professor in Applied Statistics, again in Wageningen. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of plant genetics and applied statistics. His main research topics include the statistical analysis of GXE and the development of QTL mapping methodology.

Medha Devare

Data and Knowledge Manager, CGIAR System Office, France

Dr. Medha Devare is the Data and Knowledge Manager at the CGIAR System Office. She is a scientist with expertise in agronomy, microbial ecology, and bioinformatics tools, but is equally comfortable in the data and knowledge management arena, with experience in the development and application of standard vocabularies, ontologies, and semantic web tools and approaches. Medha works across CGIAR’s fifteen Centers and Research Programs to coordinate a consistent approach to Open Access and Open Data, and facilitate management and dissemination of CGIAR research outputs via FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable).

Chandrashekhar Biradar

Principal Scientist, Head-Geoinformatics Unit, ICARDA, Amman, Jordan

Dr. Chandrashekhar Biradar is a principal agro-ecosystems scientist and head of the Geoinformatics Unit at ICARDA. He is distinguished scientist in the field of geospatial science, technology and application. He has multidisciplinary science and farming background with BSc in agricultural sciences, Masters in genetic engineering and PhD in remote sensing and environmental sciences. Then he severed as at post-doctoral fellow at IWMI, and research scientist at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Ocean and Space (EOS) at the University of New Hampshire, USA, and research professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA while working on number of federally funded projects. He has produced the first satellite sensor based innovative methods for mapping global croplands, water productivity, impact assessments, and dynamics of agri-food systems under changing climate and demography. He has authored/co-authored over 180 publications which include 51 peer reviewed journal publications, 18 books/chapters, over 100 other publications.

Kelly R Robbins

Quantitative Geneticist, Cornell University, USA

Dr. Kelly Robbins is the Director of the Genomic Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative at Cornell University. Dr. Robbins studied Animal Breeding and Statistical Genetics at the University of Georgia where he graduated in 2007. He worked as a quantitative geneticist at Dow AgroSciences (2008-2015) where his research centered on the use of mixed models, Bayesian methodologies, and machine learning algorithms for the modeling of genomic data with applications in plant breeding and gene discovery. His current research focuses on the development of computation tools and databases for management and integration of genomic information into breeding programs focused on developing improved cultivars for South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dietrich Borchardt

Sugarbeet Breeder, KWS - Einbeck, Germany

Dr. Dietrich Borchardt is working as Sugarbeet Breeder at KWS in Einbeck, Germany, and specialized in applied molecular breeding. Dr. Dietrich studied Agriculture in Kiel and Plant Breeding in Stuttgart Hohenheim. Since his PhD in 1994 on selection theory and optimizing breeding schemes, his main interest is to translate modern molecular techniques into breeding application. A strong technical development in combination with statistical tools in trait mapping strongly increased the power and efficiency of plant breeding.

U. C. Sud

Director, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Dr. U. C. Sud is presently working as Director ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI), Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi. Prior to joining as Director, ICAR-IASRI, he worked as Head, Division of Sample Survey, IASRI. His areas of interest include small area estimation, use of calibration approach for estimation of finite population parameters, methodology development for estimation of parameters relating to crop and livestock sectors.

Rajeev Gupta

Principal Scientist, Theme Leader-Genomics & Trait Discovery, ICRISAT, India

Dr. Rajeev Gupta, an American national, is a Principal Scientist and working as a Theme Leader for Trait Discovery and Pre-breeding at ICRISAT. Dr. Gupta has a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from University of Cambridge. UK. Prior to joining ICRISAT, he was Research Scientist (Lead) at DuPont Pioneer, USA, since 2003, He also worked at the University of California, Berkeley, USA during  1997-2003 as Post-doctoral Researcher and Assistant Specialist. He worked as Research Fellow at the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) and as Agricultural Development Officer, Punjab State Government, India during 1991-1993.

Jode Edwards

Research Geneticist, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, USA

Dr. Jode Edwards is a Research Geneticist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service. Dr. Edwards’ research is in the area of Maize Quantitative Genetics with primary efforts in the areas of maize plant density response, genotype by environment interaction, and application of Bayesian Statistics to analysis of multi-environment plant breeding trials. Dr. Edwards’ work in Bayesian statistics is focused on using the Bayes paradigm to obtain optimal estimators and comparisons in data sets with heterogeneous data quality, heterogeneous stability of cultivars, and with unbalanced replication. He has done primary research on Bayes approaches in addition to regularly applying Bayesian approaches to his own research on plant density response and genotype by environment interaction.

Valentin Wimmer

Central statistic unit for KWS R&D in Einbeck, Germany

Dr. Valentin Wimmer is working within the central statistic unit for KWS R&D in Einbeck, Germany. His working areas include marker statistic applications (genomic prediction, genome-wide association studies, QTL mapping) as well as field trial analysis. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in statistics from the university of Munich and a Ph.D. in plant breeding from the Technische Universität München. His dissertation was concerned with the efficiency of statistical methods for genome-based prediction. During his PhD, he designed and contributed to the synbreed R package providing a framework for the analysis of genomic prediction data.

Padam Singh

Director-Invision Communications and Research Private Limited, New Delhi, India

Dr. Padam Singh has held many important positions in Government of India. He has been a Member of National Statistical Commission, GOI during 2006-09. He has served as Additional DG ICMR during 1997-2004, and Director National Institute of Medical Statistics during 1987-97. He has worked as Joint Adviser, Planning Commission during 1979-87 and Professor of Statistics at PUSA Institute 1975-79. Dr. Padam Singh has been involved in the evaluation of National Programmes. He has steered many Operational Research studies of national relevance. The findings of his applied and operational research have been used in modifying national programmes. Has published over 100 research papers in journals of national and international repute.

Marcos Malosetti

Researcher, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Dr. Marcos Malosetti studied Agronomy in Universidad de la República, Uruguay where he graduated in 1996. He worked in the Plant Breeding group until 2000 where he started his postgraduate studies in the Netherlands. In 2002 obtained his MSc degree at Wageningen University, and in 2006 completed his PhD disertation at the same University. Since 1996 his activities involved research and teaching in the field of quantitative genetics applied to plant breeding, with a strong component on the development and use of statistical methods. The focus of the work has been on the analysis of complex data sets (i.e. multi-environment data, multiple traits data, etc), and its integration with molecular marker techniques with the objective of understanding the variation of quantitative traits.

Murari Singh

Senior Biometrician, ICARDA, Amman, Jordan

Dr. Murari Singh is the Senior Biometrician and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director General – Research at the International Center for Agricultural Research for Dry Areas (ICARDA). He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Statistics, with a Major in Design of Experiments and Minors in Genetic Statistics and Agricultural Economics, from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. He is a Professional Statistician accredited by Statistical Society of Canada. Over the past 38 years, he has served in various capacities, including assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Scientist, Statistician and Senior Biometrician – at three Indian institutions, three North American Universities and two CGIAR Centers.

K. N. Singh

Head, Forecasting and Agriculture Systems Modeling, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Currently Dr. K. N. Singh is Head of Forecasting and Agriculture Systems Modeling division at ICAR-IASRI, New Delhi, he pursued Ph.D degree in Agricultural Statistics from ICAR- Indian agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in 1991. Recently completed an international collaborative research project under EU-India framework of social research. Developed the first “Soil Test Crop Response Based Fertilizer Recommendation System” for Targeted Yield(s) of Crops, Soil test data generated through soil testing laboratories of the country have been used to prepare soil fertility maps of different states. Developed methodology for developing geo-referenced soil nutrient maps using GPS and GIS.

J. P. Singh Joorel

Dean, Faculty of Mathematical Sciences at University of Jammu, India

Dr. J. P. Singh is Dean, Faculty of Mathematical Sciences at University of Jammu, Tawi - Jammu, he pursued Ph.D degree from Institute of Social Sciences, Agra University, Agra. He has twenty nine years of Post Graduate teaching and research experience at various positions in different universities such as Jammu University, Jammu, J&K, Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Agra College, Agra, Uttar Pradesh etc.

Seema Jaggi

Head, Division of Design of Experiments, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Dr. Seema Jaggi is Head, Division of Design of Experiments and also working as Professor (Agricultural Statistics) and Incharge (Training Administration Cell), ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, Library Avenue, PUSA, New Delhi -110 012. She has more than 24 years of experience on Block and row-column designs, optimal and robust designs for tests vs. control(s) comparisons, designs incorporating neighbour effects, crossover designs, mating-environmental designs, response surface designs, trend-free designs, statistical computing and statistical genomics. She has handled various national and international projects, guided more than 18 research scholars and have more than 100 publications to her credit.

Donghui Ma

Chief Executive Officer, VSN China / Biosci Thailand, Thailand

Dr. Donghui Ma has scientific background is in biostatistics, plant breeding and business administration. As CEO of VSN China and Biosci Thailand he is responsible to identify market opportunities and build as well as lead teams to implement our market entry strategy. As the VSN and IBP product and services are both very competitive in plant breeding, his work experience in leading European plant breeding company give him many insights in the R&D market from this sector. Working as part of the VSN and IBP collaboration (PPP) makes him also well connected in the global network, which is important to achieve our commercial goal and sustainable growth.

Anil Rai

Head & Principal Scientist, Centre for Agricultural Bioinformatics, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Dr. Anil Rai is Head, Centre of Agricultural Bioinformatics at IASRI and also working as Scheme coordinator for "Network Project on Agricultural Bioinformatics and Computational Biology under Centre for Agricultural Bioinformatics Scheme" project. He has received Ph.D. for his research on agricultural statistics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.

Hukum Chandra

ICAR- National Fellow & Principal Scientist, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Dr. Hukum Chandra is ICAR- National Fellow & Principal Scientist at Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi, India. He did his PhD from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom and Post Doctorate Research from University of Wollongong, Australia. His main research areas include Sample Survey Design and Analysis, Small Area Estimation, Bootstrap Methods, Statistical Modelling and Data Analysis, Statistical Methodology for Improvement of Agricultural Statistics.

Himadri Ghosh

Principal Scientist, Division of Statistical Genetics, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Dr. Himadri Ghosh started his research carrier in the area of designing diallel cross experiments under Dr. M. N. Das. He explained the practical aspect of partial diallel cross which led to understand the subject in the light of random effects modelling of diallel cross experiment. The most heartening outcome of the work is that all the optimality results in case of fixed effects model have been shown to remain valid in random effects model. Perhaps, for the first time an unbiased estimator of ratio of variance components have been proposed.

Jens Möhring

Biostatistican, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

Dr. Möhring is associated scientists working in teaching and research in the Biostatistic unit at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. After finishing his study of agriculture biology in 2003 he made his PhD in biostatistics in the work group of Prof. Piepho at the same university. His research interest are the optimization of field and experimental designs in cultivar and plant breeding science. He focuses on the application of mixed models on multi-environmental data and their sophisticated analysis as a pre-requirement for genetic (marker-based) analysis.

A. K. Choubey

Head, Division of Computer Applications, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Dr. A.K. Choubey is Head, Computer Applications Division at ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi and also Project Investigator of the project entitled “Implementation of ICAR_ERP, Unified Communication and Web Hosting Solution in ICAR”. He has implemented variety of projects involving development of national level Close-User Group Networks, large databases, Information Systems, and Decision Support Systems using Business Intelligence techniques in agriculture sector.

Lal Mohan Bhar

Head, Division of Statistical Genetics, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Dr. Lal Mohan Bhar is Head, Division of Statistical Genetics, ICAR-IASRI, New Delhi. Primarily, he is interested in developing advanced statistical tools for agricultural research. He has developed many statistical models both linear and non-linear for forecasting various aspects in agriculture. Currently he is engaged in developing statistical techniques for prediction genomic values required in plant and animal breeding programmes.

Rajender Parsad

Principal Scientist, Division of Design of Experiments, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Dr. Rajender Parsad is a Principal Scientist and Former Head, Division of Design of Experiments at ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi. He has made important and useful research contributions to both theoretical and applied aspects of Agricultural Statistics in general and Design of Experiments and Sampling Theory in particular. His research has received wide acceptance and appreciation both at National and International level.

Keith Gardner

Statistical Geneticist, NIAB, United Kingdom

Dr Keith Gardner is a statistical geneticist at NIAB in the UK. His work focuses on the genetic analysis of complex data sets in crops, including QTL mapping in multi-parent populations, association genetics and genomic selection. He is also involved in teaching quantitative and population genetics, as they apply to plant breeding. His PhD and his previous research experience were in evolutionary genetics, where he used large genetic datasets to address natural history and conservation questions.

Naga Manohar Velpuri

Senior Scientist, ASRC Federal, USA

Dr. Naga Manohar Velpuri is a Senior Scientist for ASRC Federal, contractor to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and adjunct professor with South Dakota State University, USA. He earned his PhD for his research on the operational use of remote sensing and hydrologic modeling techniques for monitoring surface water bodies in the remote pastoral regions of Africa. His research interests are focused on the overlapping areas of agriculture, surface hydrology, remote sensing, and climate change. Current research projects broadly cover understanding (a) multi-scale watershed hydrologic processes (b) variability in surface water storage using multi-source satellite data (c) climate and human impacts on water resources availability (d) analysis of water availability and use in agriculture and (e) the use of big data analytics in remote sensing hydrology. Earlier he worked in several national and international organizations (SDSU, UNEP, IWMI, University of Cambridge, INCOIS, and NIRD) in various capacities. He has more than 40 publications in the form of peer-reviewed international journals, book chapters and research reports.

A. R. Rao

Principal Scientist, Centre for Agricultural Bioinformatics, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Dr. A. R. Rao is working as a Principal Scientist at Centre for Agricultural Bioinformatics (CABin), ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi. He did his Ph.D. in Agricultural Statistics from ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and has got post-doctoral work experience in Bioinformatics from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York and University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He is Faculty Member and Research guide in the disciplines of Agricultural Statistics and Bioinformatics, Post Graduate School, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. His main research interests are Quantitative Genetics, Statistical Genomics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. He played a lead role in establishing centralized lab facilities and introducing the research, teaching and training activities in Bioinformatics at the Institute.

Tauqueer Ahmad

Head, Division of Sample Surveys, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Dr. Tauqueer Ahmad is Head, Division of Sample Surveys at ICAR-IASRI, New Delhi, India and is handling survey component of a National level CHAMAN project as Project Leader. He has been instrumental in getting the on-going International project awarded to ICAR-IASRI by FAO of the United Nations as Co-Principal Investigator. He did his Ph.D. in agricultural statistics from ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. His area of specialization is sample surveys, remote sensing and GIS. He has more than 18 years of experience in conducting basic and applied research in the area of variance estimation in the context of sample survey, ranked set sampling, adaptive cluster sampling, development of sampling methodologies, impact assessment, post harvest losses, application of remote sensing and GIS in agricultural surveys etc.

B.V.S. Sisodia

Professor & Head, Department of Agricultural Statistics, N.D. University of Agriculture & Technology , Faizabad, India

Dr. B.V.S. Sisodia is presently working as Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural Statistics at Narendra Deva University of Agriculture & Technology, Kumarganj, Faizabad. Uttar Pradesh. Dr. Sisodia is the first one in the discipline of Agril. Statistics who received Jawahar Lal Nehru Award by ICAR in 1980 on his Ph.D. thesis work Entitled “on Prelirninary Test Estimators in Repeated Surveys”.

Sudeep Marwaha

Principal Scientist, Division of Computer Applications, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Dr. Sudeep Marwaha is a Principal Scientist and Professor (Computer Applications) in the Division of Computer Applications, ICAR-IASRI, New Delhi. He has over 17 years of experience in designing, development and implementation of national level Management Information Systems, Expert Systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems. He is a Principal Investigator of many national level projects like Management System for Post Graduate Education, National Information System on Agriculture Education Network, Half Yearly Progress Monitoring System for ICAR Scientists, Agri Daksh- A tool for building online expert system in crops etc.

Patrick Thorwarth

Research Scholar scientist, University of Hohenheim, Germany

Patrick Thorwarth studied Crop Sciences with specialization in Plant Breeding and Seed Sciences at the University of Hohenheim. After obtaining his M.Sc. degree, he started his work as a PhD student in the group Crop Biodiversity and Breeding Informatics led by Prof. Karl Schmid at the University of Hohenheim. His research focus on the application and optimization of molecular breeding methods such as Genome wide association studies and Genomic Selection using empirical and simulated data, with an emphasis on self-fertilizing plants such as barley (Hordeum vulgare L.).

Christina Lehermeier

Research scientist, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Dr. Christina Lehermeier studied statistics at University of Munich, where she graduated with a M.Sc. degree in 2011. She is now working as a research scientist at the plant breeding group of the Technical University of Munich, where she finished her Ph.D. in 2015. Her research involves investigation of genomic prediction in structured plant populations, optimization of designs for genomic selection, as well as the development and application of statistical methods for identification of QTL and prediction of quantitative traits.

Satyanshu K. Upadhyay

Professor, Banaras Hindu University, India

Dr. Satyanshu K. Upadhyay is a Professor at the Department of Statistics, Banaras Hindu University. He is also linked with DST Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences at Banaras Hindu University as a core group researcher. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1984 from Banaras Hindu University and became Professor of Statistics in the year 2005.

Appavoo Dhandapani

Principal Scientist, National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Appavoo Dhandapani is currently working as Professor and Principal Scientist (Statistics/Computer Applications) at ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management(ICAR-NAARM), Hyderabad.

Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington-DC, USA

Dr. Jawoo Koo is a Senior Research Fellow at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC, working on the modeling of crop production systems in developing world in the Environment and Production Technology Division. Jawoo leads the Spatial Data and Analytics Theme. Collaborating with various research and development partners in Africa, Jawoo is working to design and develop Technology Platform, which will deliver up-to-date information on agricultural technologies to agricultural research managers and policy/decision makers. Jawoo also serves as the Global Coordinator of CGIAR-CSI, a Community of Practice of geospatial scientists in CGIAR centers

Sunil Kumar

Assistant Professor, General Management, Alliance University, India

Dr. Sunil Kumar is a Statistics Professor, Scholar and Researcher working with Alliance University, Bangalore, India (since 2013). Dr. Kumar hold graduate and post graduate degrees in Statistics from University of Jammu and Master of Philosophy and Doctorate degree in Statistics in the year 2007 and 2010, respectively, from Vikram University, Ujjain, M. P. (India). He worked as Visiting Scientist/Professor at Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata (2012-2013), Visiting Faculty at Department of Statistics, University of Jammu (2010-2012).

Athar Khan

Professor, Aligrah Muslim University, Aligarh, India

Dr. Athar Khan is Currently working as Professor Statistics, Dept. of Statistics and Operations Research Aligrah Muslim University, Aligarh, India. Worked as Principal Investigator in project, "Bayesian Modeling of Soil Nutrients in Kashmir", worth Rs. 14.23 lakhs funded by the ICAR in Competitive Grant II during 2001-2003 during stay at S K University of Agricultural Sciences of Kashmir, Srinagar India. Developed a software for data analysis in 2004. Published around 48 research papers in national and international journals.

Isaak Yosief

Bioinformatics Scientist, Cornell University, USA

Dr. Isaak Yosief Tecle is trained in plant breeding and genetics (PhD, Cornell '06). His research focus is developing bioinformatics tools that help plant breeders make efficient decisions in their crop improvement programs. This includes developing intuitive web-tools for statistical analysis, visualization and sharing 'omics' data. He is currently working on a genomic selection web-tool for the project.

Lukas Mueller

Associate Professor, Cornell University, USA

Dr. Lukas Mueller is a biochemist and bioinformatician who has been involved with large plant genome databases for many years. Initially working at Arabidopsis database TAIR, he has been directing the SGN database for more than a decade. His group is mainly interested in describing plant genomes and phenomes, and how the two can be linked to help scientists and breeders. He has also been involved in the International Tomato Genome sequencing project and the larger initiative to characterize the Solanaceae, called the SOL project. He is delighted to be part of the Next Generation Cassava Breeding project because it has the potential to improve the lives of so many people.

Raman Babu

Technology Deployment Lead(Asia-Pacific), Dupont Pioneer, India

Dr. Raman Babu holds a PhD (Genetics) from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. From 1999 to 2005, Babu served as maize breeder with ICAR in Almora and is credited with developing first generation MAS products in maize that have double the amount of lysine and tryptophan, popularly referred to as Quality Protein Maize. Babu was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by Japanese Science Promotion Society (JSPS) in 2006 to pursue research on positional cloning of disease lesion mimic genes that offer broad spectrum resistance to blast pathogen in rice. Babu joined CIMMYT in 2008 and steered the maize molecular breeding activities in the global maize program for improving abiotic stress tolerance and nutritional quality traits in the tropical germplasm. Since 2016, Babu is with Dupont Pioneer as Technology Deployment Lead (Asia-Pacific) overseeing molecular breeding, doubled haploids, precision phenotyping and informatics components across crops.

Rodrigo Sara

Senior Legal Officer, CGIAR System Office, France

Dr. Rodrigo Sara works is legal Officer at the CGIAR System Office with expertise in intellectual asset management, genetic resources, PPPs and compliance related issues. His support across CGIAR’s fifteen Centers and Research Programs helps ensure a consistent approach in resolving legal issues that arise in the operationalization of Open Access and Open Data via FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable), including in relation to ethics and confidentiality considerations.

Sanjeev Panwar

Sr Scientist, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi, India

Dr. Sanjeev Panwar is presently working as Scientist in the Technical Coordination Division at the ICAR, HQ, Krishi Bhawan, India. He was awarded Ph.D. in Statistics from the Department of Statistics, C. C. S. University, Meerut, in 2008. His research focus is mainly developing statistical Linear and Non-linear models for forecasting of various aspects in agricultural research. His interest is also in Econometric Modelling, Growth Modelling, GxE Analysis, Time Series Analysis and Multivariate Analysis.

Sanjay Chaudhary

Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ahmedabad University, India

Dr. Sanjay Chaudhary is Professor and Associate Dean at School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ahmedabad University. His research areas are Distributed Computing, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, and ICT Applications in Agriculture and Rural Development. He has authored four books and six book chapters. He has published more than ninety research papers in international conferences, workshops and journals.

Krishna Reddy

Head, IT for Agricultural Research Center at IIIT Hyderabad, India

Prof P. Krishna Reddy is the head of IT for Agricultural Research Center at IIIT Hyderabad, India. During 2013 to 2015, he has served as a Program Director, ITRA-Agriculture & Food, Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA), Government of India. From 1997 to 2002, he was a research associate at the Center for Conceptual Information Processing Research, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo. From 1994 to 1996, he was a faculty member at the Division of Computer Engineering, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Delhi. During the summer of 2003, he was a visiting researcher at Institute for Software Research International, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, USA.

Siddhartha Mandal

Research Scientist, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Delhi

Dr. Siddhartha Mandal completed his Bachelors and Masters in Statistics from Presidency College, Kolkata and IIT Kanpur respectively. He obtained his PhD in Biostatistics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his postdoctoral tenure at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Dr. Mandal worked on human gut microbiome and its associations with infant health outcomes and the effects of environmental toxicants in breastmilk on health. Among his publications is a novel statistical methodology for Illumina sequencing data which provides statistical frameworks that correctly analyzes microbial composition data. In another recent publication, he studied the effects of diet during pregnancy on maternal gut microbiome. Currently he is employed as a research scientist at Public Health Foundation of India working on antibiotic resistance and effects of air pollution on cardiometabolic health, alongside ongoing microbiome projects.

Vincent Garin

PhD candidate, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Mr. Vincent Garin is a PhD candidate coming from Switzerland. He earned a Master degree in Criminology from University of Lausanne and a Master degree in Statistics from University of Geneva. He is actually doing is PhD at Wageningen University in collaboration with KWS saat AG. His project is on statistical methods for QTL detection in multi-parent populations. Vincent is interested in agriculture in general especially in small farmers issues. He had several working experiences in Swiss small farms.

Surender Varma Gadhiraju

Research Scientist, Dupont Pioneer, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Surender Varma Gadhiraju is a Research Scientist at Dupont Pioneer, Dupont Knowledge Centre, Hyderabad. He is a researcher with expertise in image processing, geoinformatics and machine learning. Formerly, he is associated with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay as research scholar and research associate. His current interests span IOT (Internet of Things) solutions for agriculture, precision farming, big data analytics and cloud computing. He has developed novel methodologies to detect changes from time series imagery.

Ramesh Naidu

Senior Technical Officer, C-DAC, Bangalore, India

Mr. Ramesh Naidu Laveti is working as Senior Technical Officer at “Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC, Bangalore)” in the Big Data Analytics Team. He have more than ten-years of professional experience in the implementation of Parallel Math Kernel Libraries for Scientific Applications on HPC, Grid and Cloud Infrastructures. Currently working in the area of Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning. His areas of interest include: Big Data Analytics, Tools and Technologies & Machine Learning, Heterogeneous Programming, Data Intensive Computing, Parallel Algorithms & Parallel Programming Paradigms, Scientific Grid & Cloud computing.

Stuart W. Gardner

Research Scientist, DuPont Pioneer, IA, USA

Dr. Gardner received his BS in Forestry from the University of Maine in 1995 and his PhD in Statistics and Microbiology from Iowa State University (ISU) in 2010. Dr. Gardner served in the US Peace Corps in Nepal (1996-1998) and continued working in Nepal until 2000 in the environmental development field. At ISU, he worked in Small Grains Breeding developing QTL markers for oats (2001-2003) and then as Statistics Instructor (2003-2006). He has been a statistician at DuPont Pioneer since 2007 supporting breeding programs for maize, rice, canola, and sunflower. His expertise is in linear mixed spatial models and their application to field trials for breeding programs.

Mukunda Dev Behera

Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

Dr. Mukunda Dev Behera is an Associate Professor of Ecological Remote Sensing at the Centre for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Sciences (CORAL) in Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. With a PhD in Botany from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (ISRO) (GK University, Hardwar) and MS degree in Advanced Geo-information from University of Paris VI (France), Dr. Behera has been working in ecosystem ecology and climate, biodiversity, forest biomass and carbon sequestration, land/ vegetation cover dynamics studies using Geoinformation and modelling techniques.

Ramil P. Mauleon

Bioinformatics Scientist, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Dr. Ramil P. Mauleon is a bioinformatics scientist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), based in the Philippines. He studied Genetics (and Computer Science) at the University of Philippines, working on transcriptome profiling of mutant rice lines, and graduating in 2006. His post-doctoral work at the Generation Challenge Program Bioinformatics subprogram focused on transcriptomics and bioinformatics analyses for candidate gene discovery.

David Marshall

Bioinformatician, The James Hutton Institute Invergowrie, Scotland UK

Dr. David Marshall has worked on development of genetic marker technologies and DNA sequence diversity in both crop and wild plants and their deployment in applications from the analysis of the genetic structure of natural and breeding populations of crop plants to genome analysis and comparative genomics. The major focus of his interests is on genetic marker applications with barley, potatoes, wheat and soft fruit (blackcurrant and raspberry) in collaboration with Professor Robbie Waugh and other Geneticists at Dundee, in particular, the design and application of SNP-based genotyping arrays. Dr Marshall has developed of software tools to support the analysis of genotype and sequence data.

Nickolai N Alexandrov

Senior Scientist, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

Girish Pujar

Scientist, NRSC-ISRO, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Girish Pujar is currently working as Scientist with NRSC-ISRO, Hyderabad. His research focus is in the field of remote sensing applications especially for Watershed monitoring and rural development. His Interests include trees outside forests, OBIA, dynamic vegetation models, terrestrial laser scanner applications apart from applications using IRS datasets.

Ramakrishna Lahu Shinde

Professor and Head, Department of Statistics, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India

Dr. Ramakrishna Lahu Shinde is Professor in Department of Statistics, North Maharashtra University. He holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Sardar Patel University, Vallabh-Vidyanagar, Anand. He has handled many statistical projects and guided several PhD students. His research interests are in Statistical Process Control, Life Insurance, Crop Insurance, Health Statistics, Reliability Theory, Statistics in Clinical Trials, Distribution Theory of Runs, Scans and Patterns and their applications

Dinesh Kumar

Principal Scientist, Centre for Agricultural Bioinformatics, IASRI, New Delhi, India

Dr. Dinesh Kumar is presently working as Principal Scientist (Biotechnology) at Centre for Agricultural Bioinformatics (CABIN), ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI), Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi. Prior to this he has worked as Senior Scientist (Biotechnology) at ICAR-NBAGR, Karnal (1997-2012). He completed PhD in Biotechnology from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and PDF (2003-04 & 2007-08) from Iowa State University of Science & Technology, Ames, USA.

Ramana V Davuluri

Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, USA

Dr. Davuluri is a tenured full Professor and Director of Advanced Bioinformatics and Biocomputation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. He also serves as the Director of Cancer Informatics in the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. His group currently focuses on developing data-mining algorithms and informatics solutions for problems in biology and medicine. The overarching goal of the lab is to translate data from high dimensional (-omic) platforms (e.g., NextGen sequencing) to derive experimentally interpretable and testable discovery models towards genomics-based clinical decision support systems.

J. Sreekumar

Principal Scientist, Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, ICAR, Thiruvananthapuram, India

Dr. J.Sreekumar is working as a Principal Scientist at ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He did his MSc. in Agricultural Statistics from ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and PhD is Statistics from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. He has got post-doctoral work experience in Bioinformatics at Plant Research International, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He is a Faculty Member of IISER, Thiruvanathapuram and Research guide of MSc (Integrated) Biotechnology students of Kerala Agricultural University, Vellayani. His main research interests are Statistical Genetics & Genomics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Madhavi Ravikumar

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Hyderabad Central University, India

Dr. Madhavi Ravikumar, a journalist, academician and researcher for over 20 years. She had obtained PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication. Prior to joining the present position as Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, S N School of Arts and Communication, Hyderabad Central University, she was with Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She had been associated with media organisation and NGO’s like The Indian Express, The Hindu, The Week, NDTV, All India Radio and M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in various capacities.

K. S. Rajan

Associate Professor, IIIT, Hyderabad, India

Dr. KS Rajan is an Associate Professor at IIIT, Hyderabad and leads the institute's Lab for Spatial Informatics (LSI). Dr. Rajan is a multi-disciplinarian, with major interests in Geo-Spatial Technologies - GIS and Remote Sensing; Land use modelling and Environmental Policy; and gGovernance. He has taken a key interest in the areas that overlap computer science and geospatial technologies and through his research works has helped focus on bridging this gap be it in developing spatio-temporal data mining algorithms; Spatio-temporal big data analytics; Web-based Geospatial technologies; or New algorithms to help convert satellite imagery to useful satellite based thematic products.

Marie-Angélique Laporte

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Bioversity International, France

Dr. Marie-Angélique Laporte is a Bioversity International post-doctoral fellow working on the NFS funded project Planteome, which aims to develop a set of reference ontologies for Plant as well as common annotation standards, and the Crop Ontology project. Her research interests include metadata standards and ontology engineering aiming at the agricultural data representation, integration and analysis on the semantic web.

B. Jayashree

Principal Scientist and Head – The Hindu Media Resource Centre at M S Swaminathan Research Foundation,Chennai, India

Ms. B. Jayashree is Principal Scientist and Head – The Hindu Media Resource Centre at M S Swaminathan Research Foundation. Her work in media and communication for over two decades has traversed sectors of HIV/AIDS prevention, Child Health, Nutrition, Water and Sanitation, Agriculture, Food Security besides corporate and media experience. At MSSRF she has taken forward the Foundation’s goal of linking science and society, through various contemporary communication approaches. Prior to this, she worked with UNICEF and with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s HIV project as Communication Officer. In her media career, she was Bureau Chief South India, with India Today Television. Her work has been carried out in English, Hindi and in Tamil, reaching different sections of people.

Abhishek Rathore

Senior Scientist, Theme Leader-Statistics, Bioinformatics & Data Management, ICRISAT, India

Dr. Abhishek Rathore is working as a Senior Scientist (Biometrics) at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), headquartered at Patancheru, Telangana, India with extensive experience in Design of Efficient Experimental Designs, Analysis of Experimental Data, Multi-Environment Analysis (GxE), Mixed Model Analysis, Nonlinear Statistical Modeling, Genome Wide Association Analysis (GWAS), QTL Mapping, Genetic Linkage Map Construction, Genomic Selection (GS), Marker Assisted Recurrent Selection (MARS), Programming in C, C++, Database Development, Management and Sharing. Excellent knowledge of statistical software including SAS, GenStat and R.

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Inaugural Session

  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 09:00 - 10:45

Design of Experiments & Phenotyping

  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 11:30 - 13:00


  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 14:00 - 16:00

Data Science Teaching & Scientific Communication

  • 212 CF Bentley Conference Center
  • 14:00 - 15:30

Open Sources Statistical Computing

  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 16:30 - 18:00

Big Data Analytics

  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 09:00 - 11:00

Statistical Genetics & Genomics

  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 14:00 - 15:30

Genomic Selection & Genome-Wide Association Mapping

  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 14:30 - 16:30

Bayesian Statistics

  • 212 CF Bentley Conference Center
  • 14:30 - 16:30

Geostatistics & Remote Sensing

  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 09:00 - 11:00

Statistical Modelling & Forecasting

  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 11:30 - 13:00

Data Management

  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 11:30 - 13:30

Advances in Statistical Sampling

  • 212 CF Bentley Conference Center
  • 16:30 - 18:00

Plenary Talk

  • Ralph W Cummings Auditorium
  • 16:00 - 16:30

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Platinum Sponsors


The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare , Government of India. Formerly known as Imperial Council of Agricultural Research, it was established on 16 July 1929 as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in pursuance of the report of the Royal Commission on Agriculture. The ICAR has its headquarters at New Delhi. The Council is the apex body for co-ordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country.


The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid or dryland tropics has over 2 billion people, and 644 million of these are the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower these poor people to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded environment through better agriculture.

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The BMS is a suite of interconnected software specifically designed to help breeders manage their day-to-day activities through all phases of their breeding programmes. From straightforward phenotyping to complex genotyping, it provides all the tools you need to conduct modern breeding in one comprehensive package.


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DuPont Pioneer is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success®.


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