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.