Charlie Messina

Charlie Messina (PhD, University of Florida) is Professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at the University of Florida. His teaching and research program focuses on how to harmonize crop improvement and AI efforts for agricultural systems to regenerate the environment while providing nutrition security, improve human health and adapt to climate change. He leads a team that develops prediction methods by harnessing principles of crop science, dynamical systems modeling (symbolic AI), statistical learning (sub-symbolic AI) and complex systems theory. He collaborates with breeders, engineers, and agronomists to co-create systems within operational breeding programs.