How data-driven farming could transform agriculture | Ranveer Chandra | TEDxUniversityofRochester


Microsoft researcher Dr. Ranveer Chandra discusses his team’s mission to reinvent rural agriculture. Using cost-effective Internet of Things applications, Chandra outlines how providing wide-ranging crop data to farmers can reduce time, money, and resources while simultaneously increasing crop yields; a potential solution to future worldwide food shortages. Ranveer Chandra is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research where he is leading an Incubation on IoT Applications. His research has shipped as part of multiple Microsoft products, including VirtualWiFi & low power Wi-Fi in Windows since 2009, Energy Profiler in Visual Studio, and the Wireless Controller Protocol for XBOX One. Ranveer is leading the FarmBeats, battery research, and TV white space projects at Microsoft Research. He has published over 80 papers, and filed over 100 patents, with over 80 granted by the USPTO. He has won several awards, including best paper awards at ACM CoNext 2008, ACM SIGCOMM 2009, IEEE RTSS 2014, USENIX ATC 2015, and Runtime Verification 2016 (RV’16), the Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship, the Microsoft Gold Star Award, the MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators Under 35, TR35 (2010) and Fellow in Communications, World Technology Network (2012). Ranveer has an undergraduate degree from IIT Kharagpur, India and a PhD from Cornell University. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  1. Amandeep Singh says

    Can't you make an app, where the farmer could upload pics of his farm and then the app tell him the soil details and all that….?

  2. Brian Thomas Cusick says


  3. Praveen K says

    Aerial imagery fails in determining soil parameters, when crops are full grown it gives almost no data.

  4. Michael says

    we have enough calories to feed 10B people, right now. we just need to fix the distribution and poverty.

  5. bcmasur says

    micro$oft is $hit

  6. bcmasur says

    aeroponics… indoors… LEDs… laboratory-like environments… OUTDOOR AGRICULTURE is a thing of the PAST.

  7. عليا جبر says

    أين الترجمة

  8. ic3xiii says

    i am just wondering how this will help farmers who don't have 5 acre farms (the "small guys")can this tech be deployed on a cooperative-level?

  9. Thanh Le says

    I think that this video is quite useful

  10. DasEtwas says

    IT COULD, Phil, IT COULD, but why? Why would you do that Phil?

  11. Michael Carbon says

    We have enough food to feed the wholePlanet on demand right now, if the world stopped eating and farming meat. Massive massive forests are being cut down as their is not enough room for the animals. People are starving as the seed/grain used in third world countries that should be fed to them is fed to livestock for food. Farming animals uses an unbelievable amount of water, which again is denied to people in third world countries. I agree with some of this mans points however the problem will never be solved while we continue to use animals for our food.

  12. Er. Piyush Pandey Trainer B.Tech, MBA says

    So Great


    How about eating less? Way too many fatasses walking around.

  14. Arjavkumar Azad says

    The guy will sell his idea to the highest bidding company in the world and in year 2050 some newspaper will publish that some kid died just because parents did not have money to buy data farmed food.

  15. Przemysław Ogłaza says

    Better distribution and less waste. Production is even bigger than needs.

  16. Caras Life on the Farm says

    Good luck with all that

  17. Random Person You Might Know says

    This is a really good talk. 🙂 Go Ranveer

  18. Prithvi Mandal says


  19. adsasd adsas says

    This is so awesome

  20. NINJA cagni says

    thanks for the good information

  21. Dakotacarpe Diem says

    Watch crop water durt air this is reason to be nosey

  22. Mystic Virgo says

    Data density decreases with the increase of wavelength. Lower the frequency, the less data bits per second.

  23. seasong says

    What a great and useful technology!

  24. steve campbell says

    You dont really need the drone or aerial imagery to interpolate point readings.

  25. 代码真香 says

    nice video

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