Sander Janssen

Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Team lead Earth Informatics

Sander Janssen, Director, Earth Informatics Team, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) Sander Janssen PhD is currently working as team lead for Earth Informatics, at Wageningen Environmental Research and leading a team of experienced researchers, remotes sensing specialists and software engineers in the digital agriculture & environment, working on diverse aspects of open data, big data, remote sensing, data analytics, land use change, ecosystem services and impact assessment. Furthermore, he has an interest in knowledge representation and knowledge engineering, that focus on making knowledge explicit and usable for end-users (i.e. policy makers, stakeholders, nature conservationists, general public, water managers). Sander has strong analytical skills and a long experience in cross-disciplinary communication required for achieving results in multi-disciplinary projects focused on model and knowledge integration. He is a team player and works best in a collaborative mode of bringing people together in development of projects. He has experience in project management and different types of working processes for model and software development (i.e. agile, extreme, iterative, prototyping).

Sander is speaking at

Application Track 3 - Data Driven AI solutions
November 5, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


  • Nuria Lama (Parallel session chair) European Programmes Manager, Member of the Board of Directors of BDVA, Atos Research and Innovation
  • Ana Antunes (Speaker) Agronomist, SmartRural S.L
  • Giorgio Micheletti (Speaker) Consulting Director, IDC
  • Arne Berre (Speaker) SINTEF and NorwAI
  • Ioanna Roussaki (Speaker) Assistant Professor, National Technical University of Athens
  • Panos Ilias (Speaker) IT Business Analyst - DjustConnect, ILVO
  • Sander Janssen (Speaker) Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Team lead Earth Informatics
  • Luisa Volpe (Speaker) Head of Policy Development, World Farmers Organisation
  • Rita Gentili (Speaker) Coldiretti


The agrifood sector is one of the most important in Europe, not only because of its contribution to the economy, but also because of its relevance for rural areas, preservation of the environment or impact on citizens’ health. As many other industrial sectors, in the last years it has been increasingly adopting digital technologies. Many challenges still exist in its data-driven transformation, but it is very important that ongoing efforts are recognized and used as baseline for future developments. Large scale deployments of IoT devices have produced a vast amount of data; data models of the domain have been extended, and progress has been made in terms of data sharing and digital platforms for data integration and analytics. In addition, advances in robotics, image recognition and other disciplines are paving the way towards innovative AI-based applications.

This session will build on previous discussions about challenges but will focus specifically on creating awareness about the work done so far in data-related technologies for the agrifood domain. This concept gives us the opportunity to create links between different approaches, initiatives and projects working in the domains of big data, IoT and AI. Furthermore, we want to avoid a discussion focused exclusively in technology, as seen and “sold” by technologists. The session will give voice to the farmers and will drive a lively discussion that will undoubtedly inspire and help all the participants involved or interested in the agrifood sector.

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