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 Texas A&M AgriLife ResearchNITHYA RAJAN Academic Bioenergy Dr. Rajan is an Associate Professor of Crop Physiology/Agroecology at Texas A&M.

Dr. Rajan and her team at Texas A&M have the expertise and capabilities to set up production-scale validation sites with the latest measurement techniques including continuous measurements of carbon dioxide and water vapor fluxes using eddy covariance flux towers; continuous emissions of greenhouse gas fluxes; soil physical, chemical and biological properties i; soil water storage and run off; ground water levels; capabilities to acquire and process high-resolution remote sensing data using unmanned aerial systems equipped with multi-spectral, thermal and lidar sensors. In addition, we have the capability to process and distribute data to the scientific community in near real-time.


Phone: 979-845-0360

Address: 370 Olsen Blvd., College Station, TX, 77843, United States
 EarthSenseGirish Chowdhary Small Business Bioenergy EarthSense manufactures and markets TerraSentia robots, designed for high-throughput phenotyping in coordination with the ARPA-E Terra-Mepp project. EarthSense also specializes in designing of robots, autonomy algorithms, and machine learning algorithms to extract useful information from images and video streams.


Phone: 4044098518

Address: 64 Hazelwood drive, Champaign, IL, 61820, United States
 University of Illinois at Urbana ChampaignGirish Chowdhary Academic Bioenergy Robotics, machine learning, decision making, autonomous systems, distributed teams of agricultural robots:


Phone: 2173333570

Address: 1304 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Urbana, IL, 61801, United States
 Soil Health InstituteCristine Morgan Non-Profit Bioenergy Cristine Morgan is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Soil Health Institute and Adjunct Professor of Soil Science with emphasis in soil hydrology, pedometrics, and global soil security at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. At the Soil Health Institute, Dr. Morgan is responsible for developing and establishing the scientific direction, strategy and implementation plan for Institute research programs and establishing the research priorities for the Institute. While at Texas A&M, outcomes of her research program provided innovative measures of spatially and temporally variable soil properties and improvement in the ability to quantify soil processes in managed ecosystems. Dr. Morgan’s research at the Institute continues to develop new methodology and tools for rapidly and reliably measuring soil carbon stock and changes in soil carbon stock for farm landscapes.

Currently, and in partnership with University of Sydney and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dr. Morgan is interested in further development of 100% proximal sensed soil carbon content and bulk density to a depth of 1 meter in in agricultural landscapes.


Phone: 9796763508

Address: 2805 Slater Road, Apex, NC, 27523, United States
 Oak Ridge National LaboratoryChristopher W Schadt Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Bioenergy My lab has expertise in measuring soil properties, biogeochemistry, gas fluxes, microbial communities, and rhizosphere processes in switchgrass, poplar and other bioenergy feedstock production systems.

See google scholar link below for full publication list.


Phone: 865.576.3982

Address: Biosciences Division, PO BOX 2008, Oak Ridge, TN, 37831-6038, United States
 Oklahoma State UniversityGopal Kakani Academic Bioenergy Expertise in measuring and analyzing gas fluxes from large bioenergy field plots using Eddy Flux towers to understand carbon sequestration and water use; bioenergy crop hyperspectral reflectance analysis for estimating growth, biomass yield and quality; develop high resolution grid based simulation protocols for bioenergy crops to better understand the responses at ecosystem level in current and future climate.


Phone: 405-744-4046

Address: 371 Ag Hall, Dept. Plant and Soil Sciences, Stillwater, OK, 74078, United States
 Argonne National LaboratoryCharlie Catlett Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Other Energy Technologies Over the course of five years we have developed and incrementally tested, scaled, and refined Waggle, an open platform for hosting sensors with edge computation in locations where physical access is impractical and/or infrequent, such as on urban infrastructure or remote field locations. Waggle supports rapid integration of new sensors, high-performance embedded processing optimized for machine learning, and secure, scalable management, support, and data integration capabilities to make data from constellations of Waggle "nodes" available to users through bulk download or via an API providing data in near-real time.

Waggle nodes are used in the NSF-funded Array of Things project, which has fielded 120 nodes in Chicago and is in the process of expanding to 200 nodes in early Fall 2019. Each node in this project reports measurements from two dozen sensors (gases, particulate matter, meteorological parameters, vibration, sound, light, etc.) with remotely programmable computing resources to support data processing within the nodes, currently used in concert with multiple cameras and microphones for computer vision and hearing algorithms aimed at measuring street and sky activity patterns (e.g., vehicle and pedestrian flow). Waggle-based Array of Things nodes are being installed in 12 cities around the world as of September 2019.

Waggle nodes are also being used by NNSA's NA-22 project to move toward a common sensor hosting and edge computing platform across multiple radiation sensing R&D and field test projects. The Waggle team is also working with Exelon to explore the use of Waggle nodes embedded in energy generation and distribution infrastructure, using edge AI with ARPA-E-developed micro PMU systems to measure power quality and potentially support fault and load prediction in conjunction with computational models. The team recently partnered with a consortium of universities led by Northwestern University to receive a $9M award from NSF to further develop the Waggle hardware and software Cyberinfrastructure, with an emphasis on remote field measurement (e.g., on environmental sensing stations such as in NSF's National Ecological Observatory Network and in DOE's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility.

Waggle is open source, with software published in Github and hardware commercially manufactured in quantity. Its architecture and purpose is to accelerate the evaluation and deployment of sensors at realistic scales.


Phone: 630-219-0770

Address: 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL, 60439, United States
 Oregon State UniversityJohn Antle Academic Bioenergy Economist with expertise in agricultural systems modeling, production risk modeling, sustainable agricultural development technology impact assessment and design, climate change impact and adaptation assessment. Developer of economic impact assessment model (Tradeoff Analysis Model for Multi-dimensional Impact Assessment, TOA-MD). Leader of interdisciplinary teams funded by USDA, USAID, USEPA, CGIAR, UKAID, GTZ and others. Co-leader of AgMIP economics teams and member of AgMIP Executive Council. Recent work on incorporation of biofuel crops into dryland wheat-fallow system of US.


Phone: 541-737-1425

Address: Dept of Applied Economics, Oregon State Univ, Corvallis, OR, 97331, United States