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Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture

Welcome to CAIA

Establishing Virginia Tech as a comprehensive and innovative global research leader in smart and secure agriculture technologies and data analytics for informed decisions.

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Our mission:

To leverage science and technology to create transformative solutions to support agriculture and food systems, the environment, and communities in the Commonwealth and beyond.

Our vision:

To foster informed decisions using agricultural technologies and analytics for growth and research opportunities.

Our platforms

Our research is based on three platforms:

  1. The SmartFarm Innovation Network® is a community-based agricultural research and communications network throughout Virginia.
  2. Cyberbiosecurity focuses on identifying and reducing the risk of security vulnerabilities.
  3. Data analytics are  essential for understanding the complexity of data that technology is delivering and translating into actionable decisions.

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Upcoming events

CAIA-Sponsored and CAIA-Related

OPEN GENERATION 5G CONSORTIUM - Visit to Kentland - January 30, 2023

On January 31, a workshop will be held by Open Generation 5G Constortium to introduce who they are and what they can contribute. Then they will listen to presentations by CAIA Affiliate Faculty. If interested in the Kentland visit or workshop, please email Becca Emery.

CAIA Big Event - March 16, 2023 - SAVE THE DATE

CAIA’s Big Event is even BIGGER than last year. This year, our emphasis turns outward to explore CAIA’s opportunity to facilitate impactful engagement with stakeholders. The event will feature a morning program, for CAIA Affiliate Faculty, of speakers and panel discussions focused on identifying engagement opportunities. In the afternoon, we will spotlight the work of our graduate students through the inaugural CAIA Graduate Student Poster Presentation Contest. 

Registration and Abstract Submission will open February 1, 2023. 

AI in Agriculture: Innovation and Discovery to Equitably Meet Producer Needs and Perceptions - April 17-19, 2023 | Orlando, FL

This year's conference will primarily focus on two high priority topics in AI – developing and implementing adoption-ready AI tools and technologies, and socio-economic equity in AI adoption. Last year many CAIA affiliate faculty and graduate students participated and represented CAIA's presence at the conference. I hope this year CAIA will continue to have our presence at this conference through your participation. 

Abstraction Submission is by February 1, 2023. Please email Becca Emery if you intend to submit an abstract. CAIA will provide a certain amount of travel support if your abstract is accepted by the conference. 

click HERE for Conference Details