|Number||section special theme||section research and society|
|114 - July 2018||Human-Robot Interaction|
ERCIM News No. 113 (April 2018)
DEADLINE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Thursday 15 February
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The sections of ERCIM News 113 are :
- Joint ERCIM Actions
- Special Theme: "Smart Farming"
- Research and Society: "Research Evaluation"
- Research and Innovation
- In Brief
The Special Theme and the Research and Innovation sections contain articles presenting a panorama of European research activities. The Special Theme focuses on a sector which has been selected by the editors from a short list of currently "hot" topics whereas the Research and Innovation section contains articles describing scientific activities, research results, and technical transfer endeavours in any sector of Information and Communication Science and Technology (ICST), telecommunications or applied mathematics. Submissions to the Special Theme section are subjected to an external review process coordinated by invited guest editors whereas submissions to the Research and Innovation section are checked and approved by the ERCIM News editorial board.
Special Theme: "Smart Farming"
- Christoph Schmittner (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology)
- Mirco Boschetti (CNR – IREA National Research Council Institute of Electromagnetic Sensing of Environment)
- Erwin Schoitsch (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology)
New technologies in the area of electronic components, systems, sensors, actuators and software (ECS) are converging to solve together complex tasks in a holistic manner throughout the whole life cycle, covering the complete supply chain. A fascinating example of the application of “Smart Anything Everywhere” as Digital Innovation is “Smart Farming”, from “Soil to Fork”, as it was formulated in the work program of the EC on IoT Large Scale Pilots. This is somehow “Farming 4.0”, covering everything from soil properties assessment and treatment, crop condition evaluation and management and livestock feeding and animal welfare in an optimized manner with respect to resources (e.g. irrigation and efficient water usage), sustainability (less fertilizers and pesticides) and food output and quality (e.g. in field pre-harvest assessment and yield monitoring and analysis). The process includes also harvesting, distribution and consumption, with relevant quality data and consumer information encompassing the whole life cycle. Furthermore, technological developments will also facilitate development of novel services.
Topics for short articles on ongoing research work and interesting applications of enabling ECS technologies in “Smart Farming” may include, but are not restricted to:
- Sensors and actuators,
- IoT particularly for Smart Farming (Agriculture)
- Precision farming and site-specific crop management solution (e.g. managing production factors such as water, fertilizer and pesticides according to real crop needs as a function of microclimate condition and plant genetics)
- Geo-positioning systems and mechanization
- Earth Observation solution from satellite and UAV platforms to map inter and intra-field soil and crop variability
- Related Big-Data issues
- Automation (autonomous agricultural vehicles, special purpose machinery, robotics, drone applications) for livestock and crop breeding, cultivation and monitoring
- Decision support systems and making (AI, Machine Learning)
- Efficient exploitation and management as enabler for effective farming and traceability
- Efficient, sustainable resource usage (water, energy, animal feed, health and welfare, crop health, protection, fertilizers application and soil conservation and pollution)
- Storage, food processing and distribution with accompanying quality data and preservation
- Communication/information exchange with food processing companies and consumers
- Process and product safety, (cyber-)security, privacy and traceability issues
- Automation and ICT enabling unusual or niche farming (vertical farming, small or complex spaces utilization, “family farming”, “city farming”)
- Enabler of novel services.
Research and Society: "Research Evaluation"
- Hélène Kirchner (Inria)
- Fabrizio Sebastiani (ISTI-CNR)
- how to measure the impact of research
- how to take into account open science criteria
- how to evaluate software, artefacts and outreach
- how to evaluate quality and impact of publications
- or putting forward any other question pertinent for assessing researchers in Informatics.
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