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EFITA newsletter / 935 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
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Good old days (??????): Street in Câmpulung - Theodor Aman - 1875 (1831 - 1891 – Română/ Rumania)
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Special Issue " Sensors for Autonomous Agricultural Robotics” (Open Access Journal "Sensors" by MDPI)
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2020
The potential of autonomous field robotics with respect to economic, ecologic as well as social aspects has come into focus. This does not only affect the processes itself—such as weeding or harvesting—but includes the integration into the farm (examples are field logistics or remote service) and the supply chain network. However, the transfer from research to products is hampered by the non-availability of robust sensor solutions. Agricultural machinery do not only navigate (such as in automotive applications), but have to work under complex varying conditions; therefore, sensors for agricultural processing, safety issues, and navigation are innovation drivers for autonomy. Thus, this Special Issue is aimed to the research and technology transfer of intelligent sensors for autonomous agricultural robotics.
- sensor and multisensor systems for processing, navigation, and safety
- computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence
- robustness of sensors and algorithms
- low-cost sensor solutions
- development and simulation methods (such as digital twins, test stands, and reference environments)
- certification, standardization, and measurement methodologies
- applications in agriculture contexts such as crop production, livestock farming, horticulture, or forestry
Sensors is a leading journal devoted to fast publication of the latest achievements of technological developments and scientific research in the huge area of physical, chemical and biochemical sensors, including remote sensing and sensor networks. Both experimental and theoretical papers are published, including all aspects of sensor design, technology, proof of concept and application. Sensors organizes Special Issues devoted to specific sensing areas and applications each year.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Arno Ruckelshausen
Hochschule Osnabrück / University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck
Fakultät Ingenieurwissenschaften und Informatik / Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science
FIRA. International Forum of Agricultural Robotics
8 - 10 December - Virtual event
Good old days (??????): Ciobănaș cu câine și turmă – Nicolae Grigorescu (1838 – 1907 - Română/ Rumania)
Market insight into moisture meters and a glimpse of the future
As risk of drought increases in many parts of the planet, farmers are turning to irrigation to ensure an adequate harvest, but they need to minimise costs. We took a close look at the newest soil moisture sensors, what they cost and where the technology is headed in the years to come.
Get valuable tips for investing in soil moisture sensors
Canadians looking for more home-grown tech solutions
Criticisms regarding the practicality of adopting automation technology are being raised.
XAG rice seeding drone to mitigate labour shortage
Drone manufacturer XAG is scaling up drone applications in China that enable night-time seeding at peak period.
ATLAS Horizon 2020 looking for agtech projects to fund
The ATLAS Horizon 2020 project will fund 5 to 10 business entities by allocating € 1,050,000.
Report: Taiwan prime target for agtech exporters
Taiwan could be a prime target for Queensland agtech exporters
Installing drainage systems yourself with Soil-Max
As agricultural technology continues to advance, we also continue to be reminded of the importance of well-drained soils.
Good old days (??????): Prichindeii, Stefan Luchian (1868 – 1916 - Română/ Roumanie)
Compact2025 - end hunger and undernutrition
Compact2025 - Knowledge & Innovation Hub resources page
How Fostering Empathy for the People Who Feed Us Could Change Our Food System
Experts weigh in on how we can best support food and agriculture workers during the pandemic—and beyond.
Good old days (?????): Camille Pissarro - Cows Drinking in a Stream, Osny 
Why is no one talking about agriculture as a solution to climate change?
While conventional farming practices disturb soil and release carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change, some relatively simple changes to the way we grow food have shown promise in turning some of the world’s farmland into carbon sinks. Studies have projected that better land management practices could increase the amount of carbon stored in croplands by 1.89 billion tons annually, which may be conservative, and that farmland and rangelands could sequester over 600 billion tons from the atmosphere. The good news is, simple practices, such as no-till farming, crop rotation, crop diversity and rotational grazing, are relatively easy to put in place, and have the added benefit of leading to more nutritious and abundant food, and more resilient ecosystems.
Old lonely man (and old joke too!)
A senior citizen said to his eighty-year old buddy, 'So I hear you're getting married?'
'Do I know her?'
'This woman, is she good looking?'
'Is she a good cook?'
'Naw, she can't cook too well.'
'Does she have lots of money?'
'Nope! Poor as a church mouse...'
'Well, then, is she good in bed?'
'I don't know.'
'Why in the world do you want to marry her then?'
'Because she can still drive!'
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