Illinois Digital Agriculture Summer Course

Offered by

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)


Mon Jul. 25, 2022 – Fri Aug. 5, 2022


Students in the new Illinois Digital Agriculture Summer Course work over two weeks of lectures and hands-on activities on various topics revolving around digital agriculture. Students will be mentored by faculty and staff members from the crop sciences, animal sciences, and computer science departments in multiple activities on topics like computer coding, data science, IoT, and modern remote sensing technologies. This course is designed to integrate various disciplines, and the discussions are centered around a variety of real-world problems. On the last day of the course, participants will be challenged to develop a solution to a digital agriculture problem in an inspiring 24-hour Hackathon.ADMISSIONSWe invite you to apply to the Illinois Digital Agriculture Summer Course if you are:At least 16 years-old by the program starting date, andEntering your sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school or will be a first-year student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign or Parkland College in Fall 2022.We strongly encourage the participation of traditionally underrepresented ethnic groups, under-resourced communities, first-generation college students, students currently attending a high school with historically low admittance rates to top-tier institutions, and/or students with disabilities to apply. Admission decisions take into consideration your high school grades, essay, and recommendation from a former high school teacher.REQUIRED DOCUMENTSTeacher recommendation formOnline application form-High School studentsOnline application form-UIUC first-year studentsHigh School transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted)Email your transcripts to Dr. Isabella Condotta at and Dr. Hamze Dokoohaki at DEADLINEThe deadline to submit your application and supplemental materials isFriday, May 13th, 2022. Decisions will be made, and applicants will receive notification of acceptance status within two weeks of the application date.SCHEDULEThe course is aFREEin-person experience. The course dates are weekdays fromJuly 25thto August 5th, 2022. Lodging and meals will be provided.TOPICSCodingPrecision AgriculturePrecision Management of AnimalsMachine LearningImage ProcessingSignal ProcessingRemote SensingRoboticsAPSIMIoTEdge ProcessingMorning Sessions: theory and invited speakers 9:00 - 09:10 AM Morning announcements 9:10 - 10:00 AM Session 10:00 - 10:30 AMBreak 10:30 - 11:20 AMSession 11:20 - 11:50 AM Break 11:50 - 12:30 PMSession Lunch 12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch Break Evening Sessions: hands-on activities 1:30 - 3:00 PM Hands-on learning 3:00 - 3:30 PM Break 3:30 - 5:00 PM Hands-on learning 24-hour Hackathon Real-world problems that students will have to solve will be released on Monday, July 25th. On that same day, the Hackathon groups will be formed. The Hackathon will happen between 3:30 PM on Thursday, August 4th, and 3:30 PM on Friday, August 5th. At that time, groups will present their findings in a 3-minute presentation, and winners will be announced by the end of the day.


Available to:

  • Faculty and Staff
  • Grad Students
  • Undergrads

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