A team from Stanford University wins inaugural competition that rewards innovative solutions to combat global food insecurity.
By Lauren Jones / Photography by Joel Richardson
Syngenta and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®) recently named a team from Stanford University the $5,000 winners of the inaugural Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. Student team members Xiaocheng Li and Huaiyang Zhong and associate professors David Lobell and Stefano Ermon received the honor this spring at the INFORMS Analytics Conference in Orlando, Florida.
The Crop Challenge, sponsored by INFORMS in coordination with Syngenta, aims to fuel innovation among participants to use advanced analytics in biochemistry and agriculture to combat global food insecurity. The winning team’s entry modeled a system for predicting soybean seed variety selection to maximize yield.
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