Antonio Saraiva    Steering Committee; Professor,...
Antonio Saraiva 
Steering Committee; Professor, University of São Paulo, Head of the Planetary Health Brazil, Institute of Advanced Studies

Antonio M Saraiva has been involved in transdisciplinary research for more than 30 years, bridging computing engineering, agriculture, biodiversity, environment and health. He has created and led pioneer research groups in Brazil on agricultural automation, on biodiversity and computing and, more recently, on planetary health. His works has always been solutions-oriented to safeguard our future.

Antonio is the head of the Planetary Health Brazil, hosted at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo (USP), that brings together members from various Brazilian institutions. He has been representing USP in the Planetary Health Alliance since USP joined PHA, in early 2016, and is currently a member of PHA steering committee.  

He is a co-PI at the USP/IBM Center for Artificial Intelligence, leading its AgriBio Challenge, and he coordinates the USP node of the University Blockchain Research Initiative, UBRI, funded by Ripple.  

Antonio’s current work and interests span several areas of planetary health, including: 1. Safeguarding crop pollination and pollinators in Brazil and South America: plant-pollination interaction data standardization and database development; citizen science & pollinators; data quality in citizen science; 2. Spatiotemporal data analysis of suicides in Brazil; 3. Data analysis of dengue cases and control in Brazil to help develop more effective policies; 4. Decision-making for a more sustainable agriculture and for mitigating hunger using data science and AI; 5. Use of blockchain to foster transparency, traceability and new businesses in agriculture, biodiversity and health.

Antonio has degrees in Electrical Engineering (1980) and on Agronomy (1987) from University of São Paulo, a Master and Ph.D. in Electric Engineering, also from USP, with a focus in IT applied to agriculture and the environment. He is a faculty at USP since 1989, and has served in many positions, including vice research provost. He is a full professor since 2008. He has also served other national and international organizations such as the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES – task group on knowledge and data), Biodiversity Information Standards/TDWG (Executive Committee, Data quality Interest Group chair, Biological interactions data IG chair), FAO (Global Pollination Project, consultant), International Commission on Agricultural Engineering / CIGR (Section VII, Information Technology chair).

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