Purdue Institute for Physical Artificial Intelligence

Workshop on Developing Global Biodiversity Database

August 3rd (Thursday), 9:00-13:30 EDT (15:00-19:30CET)

In Person (for local & registered participants)

131 DLR (Purdue Hall for Discovery and Learning Research)

Online (for global & all other participants)

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Coordinators: Jingjing Liang (College of Agriculture), Ximena Bernal (College of Science), Edward Delp (College of Engineering), Ningning Nicole Kong (Libraries and School of Information Studies), Xiaohui Carol Song (Rosen Center for Advanced Computing)

Panelists: Reid Boehm, Stephen L Cameron, Jessica Gurevitch, Daniel Park, Bryan Pijanowski, Rabern Simmons, Aaron D. Smith, Christopher Charles Wirth, Reid Isaac Boehm

Co-hosts: Purdue Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF), Purdue Institute for Physical AI (IPAI)

Full list of participants

Here is a list of in-person and online participants of our workshop in our record. Please let us know if we missed anyone.

Participants Online

Participants In-person


Chris Wirth

Alain Senghor K. Ngute

Chhoki Sherpa

Amit Kumar

Mark Sullivan

Christian Amani

Rajesh Kalyanam

Dan (?)

Peter Euclide


Benny Goller

Purabi Saikia

Subham Banerjee

Florence Palla

Marshall Tabetah

Irie Zo-Bi

Brandon Reese

J.Andrew DeWoody

Midan Faezipour

Jack Hansen

Jessica Gurevitch

Javid Dar

Carol Song

Javier Gamarra

Bryan Pijanowski

Jessica Outcalt

Stephen Cameron

Jinha Jung

Boehm, Reid Isaac

Kristen Bellisario

Anibal Cuchietti

Mohammed Latif Khan

Akane Abbasi

Naveen Babu KANDA

WookJin Choi

Shelby Royal

Desmond sosu Mensah

Subashree Kothandaraman

Jingjing Liang

Sundarapandian SM

Michael Jenkins

Sylvanis Mensah

Elizabeth A Flaherty

Ankita Mitra

Edward Delp


David Rabern Simmons


Daniel Park

Ximena Bernal

AGENDA: Purdue Global Biodiversity Workshop, 2023 (Hybrid and Virtual)

9:00 am – 9:20 am:

  • Welcome, Setting the Ground Rules [Ankita Mitra]
  • Opening Remarks [Jingjing Liang] 

9:20 am – 11:15 am: Session A- Oral Presentations 

Moderator: Ankita Mitra


9:20 am – 9:30 am:

Presenter: Dr. Jessica Gurevitch (jpgurevi@purdue.edu)

Presentation Title: “Potential Effects of Climate Intervention (Geoengineering) on Biodiversity, and the Risks Relative to Risks of Climate Change Itself


9:30 am – 9:40 am:

Presenter: Dr. Javier Garcia Perez (Gamarra) (javier.garciaperez@fao.org)

Presentation Title: “Opening In-Situ Forest Data: An International Development View


9:40 am – 9:50 am:

Presenter: Dr. Carol Song (cxsong@purdue.edu)

Presentation Title: “RCAC Resources and Capabilities


9:50 am – 10:00 am:

Presenter: Dr. Bryan Pijanowski (bpijanow@purdue.edu)

Presentation Title: “A Global Soundscapes Database: Acoustics Data from 29 of the Planet’s 32 Major Terrestrial, Aquatic, and Subterranean Ecosystems Generated from 62 Research Studies Using Similar Designs


10:00 am – 10:10 am:

Presenter: Dr. Miad Faezipour (mfaezipo@purdue.edu)

Presentation Title: “Enhancing AI-based Biomedical Data Augmentation with Biodiversity


10:10 am – 10:20 am:

Presenter: Dr. Stephen Cameron (cameros@purdue.edu)

Presentation Title: “The Terrestrial Parasite Tracker (TPT) – Databasing North America’s Parasitic Arthropod Fauna


10:20 am – 10:30 am:

Presenter: Dr. Marshall Tabetah (mtabetah@purdue.edu)

Presentation Title: “The Plant Data Service: Participatory Data Stewardship for FAIR Plant Data


10:30 am – 10:40 am:

Presenter: Dr. Purabi Saikia (purabi.saikia@cuj.ac.in)

Presentation Title: “Plant Inventory Datasets of Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India at Altitudinal Gradient for Determining Forest Composition and Above-ground Biomass


10:40 am – 10:50 am:

Presenter: Dr. Boehm, Reid Isaac (riboehm@purdue.edu)

Presentation Title: “Purdue’s Institutional Research Data Repository: Functionality and Potential Growth


10:50 am – 11:00am:

Presenter: Wirth, Christopher Charles (wirth3@purdue.edu)

Presentation title: “The Purdue Entomological Research Collection: An Underutilized Repository of Indiana Arthropod Biodiversity Data”


11:00 am – 11:20 am:

Q&A Session:

  • Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and engage in discussions with the presenters during this 20-minute Q&A session.


11:20 am – 11:30 am:

  • Break
  • Informal Networking & Discussions: Explore Infographic Flyers


11:30 am – 1:30 pm- Session B: Interactive Panel and Audience Discussion

Moderators: Dr. Jingjing Liang and Dr. Ximena Bernal


11:30 am – 11:40 am:

Introduction to Moderators and Themes (10 minutes)

Theme 1 – Making it worthwhile for data owners to share their data

Theme 2 – Making data useful to data users


11:40 am – 12:10 pm:

Panelist discussions (30 minutes)

  • Panelists (8 in total) take turns introducing themselves and sharing their perspectives on either or both Theme Topic(s) (~3 minutes each).


12:10 pm – 12:30 pm:

Lunch break


12:30 pm – 12:45 pm:

Curated Questions:

  • Moderator asks curated questions to panelists about both themes.


12:45 pm – 1:15 pm:

Audience inputs

  • Audience Q&A with all the panelists and moderators


1:15 pm – 1:25 pm:

Concluding remarks, future outlook, and action items [Jingjing Liang]



1:25 pm: Workshop Concludes