2018 Predictive Plant Phenomics Symposium 
Build, Grow, and Process: The Interwoven Aspects of Phenotyping
Friday, November 9
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Garden Room at Reiman Gardens, Ames, Iowa

The Predictive Plant Phenomics Graduate Student Organization (P3GSO) is proud to announce the first annual P3 Symposium, which will be held at Reiman Gardens on Friday, November 9, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

The theme of our symposium, “Build, Grow, and Process: The Interwoven Aspects of Phenotyping,” captures the wide spectrum of disciplines that the P3 program encapsulates, and presents the phenotyping process from different angles.  “Build” refers to the engineering focus of our program, while “Grow” and “Process” refer to the plant biology and data science aspects.


The speakers for this inaugural symposium exemplify the interdisciplinarity that is inherent in the P3 program.  The invited speakers are:

Saket Navalkha, Salk Institute, “Network design principles of plant shoot architectures”
Andrea Eveland, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, “Genomics enabled crop design: modulating plant architecture through manipulation of developmental networks”
Carolyn Rasmussen, University of California, Riverside, “Division plane orientation in plant cells”
Danny Singh, Iowa State University, "Skeptic to believer: The machine learning journey of a plant breeder"


In addition to the invited speakers, there will be a poster session. In the spirit of the interdisciplinary nature of the P3 program, any graduate student conducting research in engineering, data science, or life sciences is welcome to present a poster; however, research at the intersection of these three fields is ideal.

The top poster will receive a $100 Amazon gift card, and the 2nd and 3rd place posters will receive $75 and $50 gift cards.  To showcase your work in the poster session, register below.


  • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM  - Check-in
  • 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM  - Jason Rauscher, Corteva, Opening remarks
  • 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM - Saket Navlakha, Salk Institute, “Network design principles of plant shoot architectures”
  • 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM - Andrea Eveland, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, “Genomics enabled crop design: modulating plant architecture through manipulation of developmental networks”
  • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM - Graduate Student Poster Presentation
  • 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM - Lunch
  • 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM - Carolyn Rasmussen, University of California, Riverside, "Division plane orientation in plant cells"
  • 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM - Graduate Student Speakers
    • Ian Braun, "Computational classification of phenologs across biological diversity"
    • Clayton Carley, "Solving Soynomics Problems in a ‘SNAP’ with Engineering Solutions"
    • Samantha Snodgrass, "Hybrid Maize in the Genomics Era: Single Parent Expression, Complementation, and Heterosis"
    • Valeria Velásquez-Zapata, "Next-generation screening for host interactors of fungal effectors in cereal immunity"
  • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM - Danny Singh, Iowa State University, "Skeptic to believer: The machine learning journey of a plant breeder"
  • 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM - Julie Dickerson, Iowa State University, Closing remarks


You can register for the symposium (as an attendee and/or to present your work at the poster presentation here.


In addition to our invited speakers, Srinivas Sridharan, an imaging data scientist from Corteva, will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, November 8th, titled “The P3 Machine Learning Challenge.”  In this workshop, Srinivas will teach machine learning concepts, guide participants through applying machine learning algorithms, and conclude with a competition where participants will implement what they have learned.  

This workshop is open to anyone that wants an introduction to machine learning concepts - programming experience is not necessary. The workshop will be from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM in Coover 3043.  

Registration for the workshop is now closed.  Stay tuned for future workshops hosted by the P3GSO!


This symposium is organized by the Predictive Plant Phenomics Program students with support from Corteva AgriSciences through the Plant Sciences Symposia Series.