AIFS Showcase and Career Exploration Fellows

AIFS is excited to particpate for the first time in Davis Discovery Days! 

On May 9, we will host the final presentations of the inaugural cohort of Career Exploration Fellows from 3- 5pm. This will be followed by a reception celebration with the  Fellows (5-6:30 pm).

On May 10, a Showcase of AIFS will take place from 10 am - 3 pm, followed by a reception from 3 - 5 pm to wrap up the day!

All events on Monday and Tuesday will take place at the UC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom B.  With the exception being the Showcase Reception, which will be held in the Buehler Alumni Center. 

On May 11, as part of the Office of Research's Expo, the AIFS team will take part in tabling at two locations. 

Information on all Davis Discovery Events can be found here.


May 9

May 10

Career Exploration Fellows Presentation and Reception

Monday, May 9

Location: Ballroom Room B

3-5 pm  Career Fellows presentations 

5 - 6:30 pm Reception


AIFS Showcase and Reception

Tuesday, May 10

Location: Ballroom B

10 - 10:45 am: Welcome & Overview / Ilias Tagkopoulos Keynote

10:45 - 11:45 am: Food Systems Supply Chain Resiliency

Moderator: Nitin Nitin, Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis, AIFS Co-PI and Lead of Food Processing and Distribution Cluster


  • Raja Ramachandran, founder or Ripe.io, "Blockchain of Food"
  • Renata Ivanek, Associate Professor, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University, AIFS Site Lead for Cornell
  • Matt Stasiewicz, Assistant Professor of Applied Food Safety, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, AIFS site lead for UIUC

11:45 - 12:45 pm: Lunch with Keynote Address: Vanessa Adams, VP Strategic Partnerships, COP, Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa, AGRA

12:45 - 1:45 pm: AI-Driven Food Systems to Improve Human Health

Moderator: Christine Diepenbrock, Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences, UC Davis


  • Danielle Lemay, Research Molecular Biologist, USDA-ARS WHNRC and Associate Adjunct Professor of Nutrition, UC Davis, USDA-ARS WHNC Site Lead, Lead of AIFS Nutrition Cluster
  • Daniel Runcie, Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, Lead of AIFS Molecular Breeding Cluster
  • R. Barry Holtz, Principal Consultant at Holtz Biopharma Consulting, Phylloceuticals Partner

2 - 3 pm : AI Infrastructure Development for Food Systems

Moderator: Mason Earles, Assistant Professor of Viticulture & Enology and Biological & Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis, AIFS Co-PI and Lead of AIFS Agricultural Production Cluster


  • Xin Liu, Professor of Computer Science, UC Davis, AIFS Co-PI and Co-Lead of Use-Inspired and Foundational AI Cluster
  • Michael Goldman, Director, Data Science Institute, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, AIFS Education and Outreach Advisory Board, Scientific Advisory Board
  • Bryan Cox, VP of Data Science and AI at Edifice Health, Inc.

3 - 5 pm: AIFS Showcase Reception (Buehler Alumni Center)