Conference Workshops 


Workshop 1

Competency Building in Agricultural Informatics for Sustainable Development: Strategies for Roadmap for Developing Countries


Prof. M.Moni, Professor Emeritus and Chairman, Centre for Agricultural Informatics and e-Governance Research studies, SHOBHIT University, NCR Delhi.


Prof. H K Misra, Professor, Department of Information System, Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Anand, Gujarat &  Expert (Board of Studies) and Member (Advisory Committee), Agricultural Informatics Programme, SHOBHIT University, NCR Delhi.


Prof. Moni holds Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Computer Science (1976-78) from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai (India), and Master of Science (M.Sc) in Mathematics (1974-76) from University of Madras, Chennai (India). 

Prof. Misra holds Ph.D. in Information systems management from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India. He is an Electronics and Communication engineer with post graduate degree in Software Systems (BITS-Pilani) and PGDM degree in Systems and Operations management form XIM, Bhubaneswar, India.



Workshop aims and objectives:

The agricultural sector has remained as an important contributor to the world economy. However, its sustainability is challenged by increasing population growth, decrease in land holding size for agriculture and global environmental change. There are worldwide efforts in creating pool of knowledge to sensitize stakeholders involved in the entire spectrum of agriculture sector, generate human resource to support the sector with explicit knowledge, link farmers with academia, practitioners, policy makers and researchers in extending extension services in the supply chain. Emergence adoption of disruptive technologies in agriculture including Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has led to efficient and effective management of resources, though there is scope for meeting the growing need. Linking agriculture systems to sustainable development has challenged the efforts in adopting disruptive technologies that has provided opportunities to foray into the area of Agricultural Informatics.  Globally, Agricultural Informatics, as an area, has been focusing on creating new breed of human resources to take up the renewed challenges in conceptualizing, developing, deploying and managing farmer-centric intelligent supply chains, proactive environmental impact oriented interventions, while ensuring sustainable agricultural systems. 

Over the last few decades, several research and development efforts have been made to exploit the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to improve the efficiency of production in agriculture and to achieve sustainable development. This conference is designed to bring all the stakeholders together to share knowledge and deliberate ways to improve upon methods for improvement on ICT deployment for economic and sustainable agricultural systems.  Practical outcomes of ICT applications and its benefits to the agricultural sector are an important part of this conference. 

Target audience: Academia, practitioners, students pursuing graduate and research studies in the area

Description of workshop content and activities:

Conduct of workshop in the area of “agricultural informatics” aims to meet following objectives:

a.     To elicit global references, standards and benchmarks to enrich contents and pedagogy of the M.Tech Course being conducted at Shobhit University;

b.     To explore possibilities of institutional linkages internationally acclaimed Academic Institutions, Research Institutions, Agricultural (Agri and Agro) Industries, and Government Institutions. This will also include exchange programmes for faculty and students;

c.      To deliberate on the global perspectives on “agricultural informatics” and strategic directions for innovations in ICT for effective farmer centric services; 


Call for Papers 

For more information on the workshop, download the call for papers flyer. 


Workshop proceedings:

The Proceedings of the Workshop will, therefore, be theme based. Proceedings will compile all the papers presented. It will also include summary outcome of the Workshop providing directions to policy dialogues in the identified with an attempt to establish a possible roadmap for imparting higher education in “Agro-Informatics for Sustainable Development” with special focus for developing nations in the World.  


Workshop theme will include topics but not limited to the following:

a.     Global perspectives on agro-informatics and benchmarks

b.     Agro-informatics and its role in augmenting livelihoods in developing countries

c.      Agro-informatics and sustainable development

d.     Agro-informatics and value chain management

e.     Education in agro-informatics – trends and opportunities for fostering research, development, incubation,  deployment and scale up of interventions


f.     Advances in agro-informatics: academic-research-applications related convergence for sustainable development  


Post Conference Workshop 


Introduction to Dynamic Modelling with STELLA and iThink using iPad or Desktop



Mark Heffernan, CEO at Dynamic Operations


Dates:  03.10.2014 &  04.10.2014


Location:  Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley, Perth (Western Australia)


Course Fee:  $200.00 AUD

Extra costs will incur for only for iPad users (US $41.99)

Apple controls all distribution that's why we cannot provide demos or trial versions for iPads



Mark Heffernan has a major interest in the application of simulation techniques in a broad range of business context. He has developed and run workshops in simulation and systems analysis throughout Australia, Europe, South East Asia and America. For more than 20 years, Mark headed up the systems modelling group at Evans & Peck and he is currently CEO of Dynamic Operations. STELLA and iThink is used by researchers for climate forecasting and for other agricultural applications (crop nutrition etc). Recently Mark has developed models for a pharmaceutical drug launch, an agent based model of the pharmacist workforce, and is working with large infrastructure firms to assist them in better understanding the dynamics associated with the take-up of services and products across Australia and New Zealand. Mark and his modelling group have won numerous awards and commendations across various industries including Defence, Health Services and Transport Infrastructure.


Whether you are new to Systems Thinking or it's been a while since you've used the STELLA or iThink software, this two-day workshop provides the most efficient way to come up to speed with the dynamic modelling process. The course focuses on Systems Thinking principles like system-as-cause, stock/flow structure, feedback loops, and operational thinking. Through guided, hands-on exercises, you’ll apply those principles to real-world problems using STELLA and iThink. We'll draw upon years of experience to help build your skills and get you started modelling an issue of your own choosing.

Please sign-up early as space is limited.

Course Outline

·      Dynamic Modelling Applications: Where and when to use the approach

·      Modelling Language: Stocks, flows, connectors and converters

·      The Dynamic Modelling Process: From problem conceptualization to solution

·      System Design: Using operational templates to generate behaviour

·      Key Concepts: Feedback, system as cause, operational thinking, main chains of activity

·      Facilitated sessions in which participants work on modelling an issue of their own choosing

The post-conference workshop is open to all conference participants upon registration. Please notice the workshop can only be booked in connection with the registration for the main conference. The event will be bookable on the conference registration website and any fees will be directly accounted to the registration booking. The number of participants is restricted in the workshop.

The conference workshop will take place at a minimum of 10 participants at Edith Cowan University.


The fee for the conference workshop includes the workshop itself, coffee and tea breaks during the meeting. Lunch is not included.