As Microsoft begins making its move into digital farming, the tech company is inviting interested parties along to to an information night this Friday, 24 February, in Palmerston North.
Principal researcher at Microsoft Research Ranveer Chandra will head the discussion, talking about what Microsoft has discovered and what the company sees the future holding.
“Come along to the session armed with questions about how digital farming will shape the Primary Industries future and how you can get involved,” Chandra says.
The evening will also see the launch of the AgTech Hackathon, which is being run in collaboration with Microsoft, BCC, CEDA, Sprout, Massey University, Manawatu-Rangitikei Federated Farmers, Accelerate 25, Future Institutes and NZ Agrifood Investment Week.
At Microsoft, Chandra is leading an Incubation on IoT Applications. His research has shipped as part of multiple Microsoft products, including VirtualWiFi in Windows 7 onwards, low power Wi-Fi in Windows 8, Energy Profiler in Visual Studio, and the Wireless Controller Protocol in XBOX One.
Chandra is also leading the battery research project, and co-leading the white space networkingproject at Microsoft Research. He was invited to the FCC to present his work on TV white spaces, and spectrum regulators from India, China, Brazil, Singapore and US (including the FCC chairman) have visited the Microsoft campus to see his deployment of the world's first urban white space network. As part of his doctoral dissertation, Ranveer developed VirtualWiFi. The software has been downloaded more than 750,000 times and is among the top 5 downloaded software released by Microsoft Research. It is shipping as a feature in Windows since 2009.