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Artificial Intelligence and Ethics in Agriculture

This conversation featured guest speakers William Aderholdt and Gabriel Thomas who shared their thoughts and approaches regarding the ethical use of AI in agriculture. Topics of discussion included what the ethical use of AI in agriculture means to each of them, how their teams and research projects are using artificial intelligence, and what challenges and strides they have encountered when implementing artificial intelligence in practice. 


William Aderholdt, Director of the Project Management Office, Grand Farm Dr. William Aderholdt, located in Fargo, North Dakota, is the Director of the Program Management Office at Grand Farm Research and Education Initiative. In this role, William oversees the technology and projects at Grand Farm, bringing together organizations from around the world to demonstrate, research, and develop innovations in agriculture technology. Each week, he meets with startups to better understand their technology, and how it fits into the future of agriculture. While completing his PhD, he worked to learn software development and data science, which allows him to connect deeper to modern technology innovations.

Gabriel Thomas, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba Gabriel Thomas (M’95) has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada since 1999, and he is currently an Associate Professor. He received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico in 1991 and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from the University of Texas, El Paso in 1994 and 1999, respectively. His current research interests include digital image and signal processing, machine learning, nondestructive testing, and computer vision.