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WGCIT Director Dennis Donohue Discusses AI, Automation During CASPA Symposium

Posted on July 29, 2020 08:17 AM by elyons

On Saturday, July 25, Western Growers Center for Innovating & Technology Director Dennis Donohue participated in the Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association’s (CASPA) Summer Symposium. The event, which was held virtually, brought together a dynamic group of 250 individuals to learn about the latest in technological innovation in the field of automation and artificial intelligence as well as cloud and data center applications.

Donohue was part of the panel titled: Automation, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing Under Pandemic. As the previous mayor of Salinas (from 2006-2012), Donohue was pleased to represent the “Salad Bowl of the World” and the ag sector on this panel. He brought insight as a thought leader that understands the challenges growers and agtech entrepreneurs are facing, and the challenges of working remotely.

During the conference, Donohue spoke about the shift in human behavior caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as detailed how the pandemic has created opportunities for automation and artificial intelligence. He also shared the progress of Western Growers Automation Initiative in accelerating field harvest automation with the CASPA audience.