Paris, 12 April 2010

EFITA newsletter / 456 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

eWorkshop on Knowledge Discovery for Rural Systems (KDRS'2010)
Held in conjunction with the 14th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
21-24 June, 2010 - HYDERABAD, India
Extension of Paper Submission: now April 30th 2010

>>> Conducting of Workshop
This workshop will be conducted as part of the The 14th Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. Participants are encouraged to attend both the workshop and the conference in Hyderabad. All those that register and participate in the workshop must also register for the conference.

A eWorkshop will be run in conjunction with the workshop running in the conference facilities in Hyderabad. The eWorkshop is being organized to encourage participants who may not be able to get to Hyderabad. You are encouraged to submit and present papers either at the conference or via video conferencing. Alternatively you may wish to contribute solely as a registered workshop participant. All workshop matereials will be made available to all workshop participants.

Further details will be provided on the arrangements for the eWorshop when you register for the workshop.

>>> eWorkshop Overview
This workshop will examine the application of AI and Knowledge discovery techniques to improve the productivity and sustainability of rural and agricultural systems. The focus of the workshop will be a forum to discuss how these techniques are improving the productivity of rural and agricultural sectors. Such techniques can improve the delivery of information for decision making by farmers, extension officers, agricultural researchers to improve agricultural sustainability, selecting suitable varieties, managing pests and diseases and for land use planning on a local and regional basis.

A number of computer science and agricultural researchers are collaborating to examine how the use of such KD techniques can contribute to rural sustainability by effectively examining the government and research databases. For example, AI techniques such as neural networks and data mining provided a better alternative to the use of traditional statistical techniques in choosing the best crop varieties or most appropriate management for pests and diseases, soil salinity. These techniques could also be used to predict the effects of changes in climate, rainfall and temperature as a result of climate change.

>>> Workshop Scope
The Workshop on Knowledge Discovery for Rural Systems encourages the following topics (but is not limited to)
- Theoretical foundations in Data Mining
- Data models for rural management
- Farmer decision making
- Knowledge based farmer recommendation models
- Land use management
- Water catchment management planning
- Data mining techniques in agriculture
- Improving Data Quality of rural products and services
- Data collection and integration techniques
- Data cleaning and transformation
- Information visualization of agricultural data.
- Enhancing quality of tools available to rural systems.
- Pattern recognition in agricultural images and data.

>>> Workshop Paper Submission
All papers must be submitted electronically to Workshop Organizers at l.armstrong(a) in PDF format only. Submitting a paper to the workshop means that if the paper is accepted, at least one author should present the paper at the workshop or via videoconferencing if you are participating as a eWorkshop participant. All attendees are required to register at PAKDD 2010 website.
We are currently negotiating with a publisher to a selection of the workshop papers in a special issue of the International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems. We will keep you posted on the same.

Contact: Leisa ARMSTRONG - School of Computer and Security Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth Australia
Email: l.armstrong(a)

Young Researchers Summer School on "Innovative Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture, Food and Environment"
15 - 17 July and 16 -18 September - 2010 VOLOS, Greece
The European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA), the Hellenic Association for Information and Communication Technology in Agriculture (HAICTA) in collaboration with the University of Thessaly, are pleased to announce the organization of the first "Young Researchers Summer School (YRSS) on Innovative Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture, Food and Environment".
The objective of YRSS is to promote cross-domain training and collaboration opportunities among young researchers worldwide, working on topics related to the EFITA goals. Therefore, the organizers invite PhD students, advanced MPhil., MA and MSc students as well as young researchers and practitioners with a demonstrated interest in related issues, to participate. The participants will present their topics of work/interest as well as their progress and results in an audience of specialists ready to comment on their research work. Exchange of views and elaborate discussions will follow aiming to a better understanding of the research outcome. Moreover, keynote lectures will present related overviews on European Union (EU) programmes and opportunities for cooperation. Proceedings and certifications of attendance will be provided.
The goals of the school are:
- To give participants the opportunity to gain valuable experience, consultancy and future directions for their research.
- To identify groups of researchers working in similar areas and having common research interests.
- To promote future collaborations for research and development of EU projects.
- To identify and encourage participants to present their research at the next EFITA 2011 Conference in Prague.

>>> Topics
- Automation in Process Control
- Bio-sensor Applications
- Bio-statistics and ICT
- Data Acquisition and Signal Processing
- Data Bases and Applications
- Decision Support Systems
- E-services
- Environmental Control Systems
- Internet, Web Technologies and Applications
- Information Systems
- Intelligent Systems
- GIS advanced applications
- Modelling and Use of Statistical Analysis
- Monitoring and Control Systems
- Ontology and Web Semantic
- Precision Agriculture
- Quality Control Systems
- Role of ICT in Rural Development
- Statistics and GIS
- Sensor Network Applications
- Strategy and Management Information Systems
- System Modelling
- Pervasive Computing
- Wireless Networks
- Other related research topics

>>> Important Dates
> Applications (4-pages extended summary, related presentation and curriculum vitae) Due:
For the first period: 30-04-2010
For the second period: 30-06-2010
> Notification of Acceptance:
For the first period: 10-05-2010
For the second period: 10-07-2010
> School Duration:
First Period: 15-17 July 2010
Second Period: 16-18 September 2010

>>> Costs and Support
The cost is 250 € for double or 350 € for single room including accommodation (3 nights, meals and excursions). The Organizers will try to benefit from governmental funds or sponsors to lower the cost or to increase the extras.


Contact Information: Prof. S. TZORTZIOS, Dr. S. KARETSOS
E-mail: stzortz(a), karetsos(a)

Proceedings are available for the first North American Conference on Precision Dairy Management held at Toronto, Canada on March 2-5, 2010
74 presenters from 18 countries on various aspects robotic milking and precision technology applied to dairy cattle management.
Contact: Blair MURRAY
E-mail: blair.murray(a)

VOA3R Project Outline: Virtual Open Access Agriculture & Aquaculture Repository: Sharing Scientific and Scholarly Research related to Agriculture, Food, and Environment
VOAR aims to design and deliver a virtual platform (in terms of technology, practices, guidelines, content, communities) that will promote the Open Access paradigm to scientific and scholarly content coming from researchers working on agriculture, food, and environment. It aims to implement a pilot B action that will carry out a conclusive experiment with open access to a federation of digital libraries of scientific/scholarly content around these topics, exploring new paradigms for peer reviewing, rendering, querying and linking these content repositories.

The overall aim is to improve the access, sharing, promotion and reuse of open access research content in the domains of agriculture, food and environment. To achieve this, it brings on board existing forces already promoting the Open Access paradigm in their work, providing for a first time a virtual platform for their cooperation and integration. It is expected to showcase its results from experimenting with digital libraries and content repositories from real communities (such as the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture –EFITA). It aims to involve researchers, scientists, and students in order to understand, adopt and share new and innovative opportunities to search, review, render, query and link existing research work/outcomes.

The point of reference will be the VOAR Web portal that will allow the tools, standards, and practices/guidelines to interested stakeholders and communities to to connect, share and contribute their content, through a federation of digital libraries and repositories on agriculture, food, and environment. The rationale of the approach will be showcases through the participation of existing agricultural libraries, European conferences that openly share their proceedings, research collaborations and communities, as well as virtual scientific communities and networks.

Contact: Miguel-Angel SICILIA
E-mail: msicilia(a)

Transylvanian travels
Sister Catherine and Sister Helen are travelling through Europe in their car. When they enter Transylvania they are stopped at a traffic light. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a tiny little Dracula jumps onto the hood of the car and hisses through the windshield.

"Quick, quick!" shouts Sister Catherine. "What shall we do?"

"Turn the windshield wipers on. That will get rid of the abomination," says Sister Helen.
 Sister Catherine switches them on, knocking Dracula about, but he clings on and continues hissing at the nuns.
"What shall I do now?" she shouts.

"Switch on the windshield washer. I filled it up with Holy Water at the Vatican" says Sister Helen.

Sister Catherine turns on the windshield washer. Dracula screams as the water burns his skin, but he clings on and continues hissing at the nuns.

"Now what?" shouts Sister Catherine.

 "Show him your cross," says Sister Helen.

"Now you're talking," says Sister Catherine.

She rolls down the window and shouts:

"Get the fuck off the windshield!"

Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail: harkin(a)

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