Dave Schneider

GIFS Research Chair, Digital and Computational Agriculture

Phone: +1-306-966-3720

Dave Schneider did his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota where he also actively engaged in research in immunogenetics.  He did his graduate work in experimental biophysics of non-heme iron containing proteins, and developing theoretical and computational methods for describing the effect of molecular dynamics on magnetic resonance spectra from macromolecular and liquid crystalline systems.  After graduate school Dave switched careers into computer science first at the Center for Numerically Intensive Computing at IBM, subsequently moving to the Center for Supercomputing Research and Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then the Cornell Theory Center.   With prior experience in genetics, biochemistry and computer science, Dave became intimately involved in the nascent campus wide genomics initiative at Cornell and eventually chaired the computational genomics committee.  In 2001 he became the first computational biologist at the US Department of Agriculture where he lead a large research group focused on the functional genomics and systems biology of bacterial plant pathogens and another on mathematical, statistical and computational methods for modeling the spread of infectious diseases in crops and livestock.  Currently Dave is a professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the School of Environment and Sustainability where he holds the GIFS Research Chair in Digital and Computational Agriculture.  His current research interests include the use of computer vision and machine learning techniques for automating the analysis of root system architectures, and the development of contrast enhancement methods for imaging roots in soil using X-ray and neutron imaging