Electronic and communication technologies for smart farming

Chairman: Sebastián López

In the last few decades, the remarkable advances in the field of electronics have enabled the development of new sensors, able to provide richer and more diverse information about the surrounding environment. The combination of these new sensing capabilities together with other electronic and communication technologies have led to important improvements in the field of cyber-physical systems. Agriculture, due to its economic and social impact on the global population, which is expected to reach more than 9 billion by year 2050, arises as a potential domain which could enormously benefit from this paradigm in terms of savings in time, resources and human labor, not to mention aspects related to sustainability and environment respect. This has led to a new revolution named precision agriculture (or precision farming), based on observing and measuring inter and intra-field variability in crops. However, this has also fostered in the agricultural and in other application domains significant increases not only in constructive complexity, but also in terms of data transmission requirements, which in turn leads to more complex and stringent computational requirements, i.e. processing capabilities to extract useful information from sensor data for a given application. The level of complexity can be further increased when facing scenarios in which not only one sensor, but a network of tens of sensors of different nature and placed in different locations, either fixed or in movement, is considered, especially when sensors are permanently and autonomously monitoring a specific set of parameters and using the acquired data to make smart and fast decisions incurring in minimum energy consumption. Hence, although these heterogeneous sensor networks provide more information and thus favor better resource utilization rates, they also create certain needs that have to be satisfied with novel contributions in the field of ICT that enable efficient data management for the large datasets generated by the aforementioned networks, reduction of excessive processing time in mobile devices, while at the same time ensuring minimum energy consumption and link security between the nodes.

This special session is framed in the aforementioned context, since it aims at collecting a set of different solutions that enable further developments in the design of distributed hardware/software platforms able to smartly process heterogeneous sensor information. More concretely, this special session is looking for contributions that assess the feasibility of these solutions in a Smart Farming scenario, where the use of multisensory networks is a major breakthrough in terms of economy, but also in food quality and safety.

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PhD Poster Competition

Chairwomen: Celia López and Leire Muguira

In its continuous intention of improving the discussion possibilities among junior and senior researchers, this year a PhD Poster Competition is scheduled. Apart from Poster displaying during coffee breaks, PhD Students would present briefly their research advances and discuss with the conference attendees in a dedicated session. The student with the highest score on the poster and the discussion will receive an award and present her/his work in the closing session of the conference. All topics related with the conference’s are welcome. Research works should be original, not previously published in conferences or journals, and will be included in the conference proceedings.

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