GVU Center Brown Bag: Brittany Holthausen & Julian Sanchez - Horses to Tractors to Robots
Brittany and Julian will discuss the way agriculture has transformed over the last two decades with the infusion of data, GPS, and AI. They will review five pivotal examples of technologies that are helping farmers feed the world sustainably by: augmenting human skills; farming remotely; and, in some cases, superhuman capabilities.
Brittany Holthausen, Ph.D., is a Senior User Experience (UX) Engineer responsible for operator experience of John Deere’s harvesting products. In this role, she discovers, defines, and evaluates design concepts for the harvesting product portfolio in collaboration within the UX design, UX research, automation experience, and product development teams.
Prior to her role at John Deere, Brittany built and led a team to design and develop the next generation of military aviation experience at Boeing Defense, Space, and Security. She also completed several internships at Naval Surface Warfare Center - Carderock and Naval Surface Warfare Center - Dahlgren where she worked on a wide range of projects from heterogeneous unmanned vehicle control to weapon system development. Brittany has authored over 25 peer-reviewed publications in the area of trust in automation.
She earned bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering and psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University prior to earning master’s and doctoral degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology in Engineering Psychology.
Julian Sanchez, Ph.D., is a John Deere Fellow, and the Director of Emerging Technologies in the Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG) at John Deere. Julian’s team focuses on researching, developing, and supporting the deployment of Deere's next generation technologies to improve customer profitability and sustainability.
As a seasoned technologist he has made significant contributions at John Deere including the establishment of UX capabilities and the early deployment of digital solutions in agriculture. Julian holds over 20 patents and has published dozens of peer-reviewed studies in the areas of aviation, agriculture, and medical devices.
He earned his bachelor’s in industrial engineering and master’s in industrial and systems engineering from Florida International University and his Ph.D. in human factors from Georgia Institute of Technology.