Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - This spring, universities of the southeastern region of the U.S. will be convening in Auburn to discuss the important future of artificial intelligence in agriculture. Artificial intelligence, the automation of robotics, has been a widely researched topic in the last decade and a swath of southeastern universities will be addressing and sharing information about AI's future in agriculture in March.

Coordinated by a group of southeastern land-grant universities with funding provided by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, "Envisioning 2050 in the Southeast: AI-driven Innovations in Agriculture" will be held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center from March 9-11. Both virtual and in-person options are available to attend the AI-focused conference, with virtual attendance operating in a limited capacity.

The goal of the conference is to share knowledge, resources, and expertise of artificial intelligence and its application to agriculture through panels and discussion. Speakers from academia, the agricultural industry, and the federal government have been invited to share their work and experiences in all areas of agriculture. Professionals from IBM and John Deere highlight speakers from the industry. In addition to panel discussions and speakers, the conference will feature plenary presentations, breakout sessions, and a poster session.

Event co-organizer Kati Migliaccio said in a statement that she predicts conference attendance "will provide the ‘spark’ for further innovation and collaboration amongst those with AI and agricultural interests across professions and across disciplines." Her fellow organizer, Brenda Ortiz, adds that “This is an opportunity to be part of a regional effort to outline and design the future of agriculture and discuss the role of technology and innovation. Artificial intelligence is gaining traction and momentum in agriculture, but there is potential still to be tapped.”