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Agriculture Webinar | Emerging Technologies Toward Agriculture 4.0

26 Jul 2022, 11:00 (CEST)

Digital Agriculture, Precision Farming, Digital Twin, Artificial Intelligence, Smart Farming
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Welcome from the Chairs

1st Agriculture Webinar

Emerging Technologies Toward Agriculture 4.0

Dear Colleagues,

The agricultural sector has a rich history of adopting novel technologies to boost productivity, decrease risk, and improve sustainability. There is a growing trend in the implementation of digital and communication technologies to address issues that are arising due to climate change, growing population, etc.

A particularly important role is played by digital technologies, which are somehow independent by the scale and can be adapted to different environmental conditions, crop, mechanization practices, and needs.

This webinar addresses some important issues in digital agriculture.

The first presentation relates to digital twins, aimed at providing a realistic digital representation of a real agricultural production site, allowing simulation, analysis, planning and eventually improvement in farm management and crop production.

The second presentation provides an insight in artificial intelligence, summarizing the most recent advancements and the new frontiers in IT integration for exploitation of agricultural data.

The third contribution gives an insight on recent trends in agriculture, highlighting how advancement described in the two previous presentations might become a common practice in daily farm management.

We hope these three contributions will stimulate a discussion with attendees, fostering inputs, new insights and collaborations.

Francesco Marinello, Dimitrios Paraforos, Maciej Zaborowicz

Date: 26 July 2022

Time: 11:00 am CEST | 5:00 am EDT | 5:00 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 822 5871 5314

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Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Francesco Marinello is an Associate Professor at the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Padova (Italy). After his PhD in precision engineering and metrology, he was jointly supervised by the Technical University of Denmark (Lingby, Denmark), and he spent two years at the InterUniversity Center for Nanotechnologies (Venice, Italy) and two years at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (Lugano, Switzerland). Since 2012, he has been a researcher at the University of Padova, and since 2017, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Georgia (Athens, USA): he is responsible for the courses in “Agricultural Mechanics”, “Precision Farming”, “Applied Statistics”, “Sustainable resource-efficient food production and processing” and “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Agriculture”. Marinello was recently appointed Editor-in-Chief of the journal Agriculture (Digital Technologies section).

Invited Speakers

Institut für Technik – Department of Agricultural Engineering, Hochschule Geisenheim University, Geisenheim, Germany

Dimitrios Stergios Paraforos was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and grew up on a farm in Northern Greece. He completed his BSc studies in Automation Engineering at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (former Technological Educational Institute of Chalkida) and his MSc in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Thessaly. After working for some years in the Industry as an Automation Engineer, he joined the University of Hohenheim where he obtained his PhD (2016) and Habilitation (2020) in Agricultural Engineering. In 2018 he received the Baden-Württemberg Certificate for academic teaching, while in 2020 he was awarded the GIL prize for his Habilitation Thesis. Since October 2021 he is serving as a Deputy Professor of Agricultural Engineering in Special Crops at the Hochschule Geisenheim University. He is also serving as an associate editor of Computers and Electronics in Agriculture and is a member of the Editorial Board of Smart Agricultural Technology (both published by Elsevier). He has participated in more than 20 European and National research projects. In the past, he has co-ordinated the ICT-AGRI project iFAROS while currently, he is a WP-Leader in the H2020 project ROBS4CROPS. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 papers indexed by Scopus and published in journals or presented at national and international conferences. His research interests include agricultural machinery automation, ISOBUS technologies, unmanned ground and aerial vehicles, and decentralized and resilient digital farming systems.

Department of Biosystems Engineering, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poznań, Poland

Currently Head of the Department of Biosystems Engineering at Poznań University of Life Sciences, where he specializes in the use of artificial intelligence methods in agriculture. Associated with computer science almost since childhood. He can program in the C# language. He is interested in software engineering. Applies artificial intelligence algorithms and computer image processing and analysis to agricultural engineering problems and beyond. He is fluent with artificial neural network simulators in Statistica and H2O package. Because of his background in artificial intelligence, his area of interest also includes data processing and analysis. His professional life is related to empirical science and the application of computer science methods at the intersection of different, seemingly incompatible fields. In March 2013, He defended my doctoral dissertation titled: Identification of selected quality characteristics of greenhouse tomatoes using neural image analysis, and in November 2018, He received my postdoctoral degree - the title of my dissertation: The Quality Identification of Selected Products from the Agro-Food Sector and Agricultural Waste Processing Using Deep Neural Models. He is the part of a research and teaching staff and also Chair of the Scientific Council of the Scientific Discipline of Mechanical Engineering.


This is a FREE webinar. The number of participants to the live session is limited but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterwards. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

Certificates of attendance will be delivered to those who attend the live webinar.

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Time in CEST

Chair Prof. Dr. Francesco Marinello

Chair Introduction

11:00 - 11:10 am

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Paraforo

From Digital Farming to Digital Twins: Dystopia or Utopia?

11:10 -11:30 am

Prof. Dr. Maciej Zaborowicz

Artificial Intelligence Methods in Modern Agriculture

11:30 - 11:50 am

Prof. Dr. Francesco Marinello

10 Years of Evolution: What Is Missing for the Digital Disruption in Agriculture?

11:50 am - 12:10 pm


12:10 - 12:25 pm

Closing of Webinar
Chair Prof. Dr. Francesco Marinello

12:25 - 12:30 pm

Relevant SIs

Agriculture: 10th Anniversary
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Bin Gao, Prof. Dr. Urs Feller, Prof. Dr. Sanzidur Rahman, Prof. Dr. Francesco Marinello, Prof. Dr. Isabel Lara, Prof. Dr. Rodomiro Ortiz, Dr. Jacopo Bacenetti, Prof. Dr. Massimo Cecchini & Dr. Anna Andolfi
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2022

Internet and Computers for Agriculture
Guest Editor: Dr. Dimitre Dimitrov
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2022

Digital Innovations in Agriculture
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Gniewko Niedbała and Dr. Sebastian Kujawa
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2022

Internet of Things (IoT) for Precision Agriculture Practices
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Raul Morais
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2022

Data-Driven Agricultural Innovations with Artificial Intelligence and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Paul Kwan and Prof. Dr. Wensheng Wang
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 October 2022

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