The new flagship conference DIGICROP organized by the Cluster of Excellence “PhenoRob” has attracted 950 registered participants from all over the world. The live event on November 10 was organized in three parallel tracks which were continuously visited by 200-250 participants. The 51 video talks and 6 keynotes which covered a wide range of different topics were streamed live into ZOOM via a central conferencing system set up by the Cluster. In contrast to a classical conference format, the organizers opted for longer Q&A sessions to enable interesting discussions on the topic of the conference. As of November 10, the video talks have already generated over 8,500 views. All talks are freely accessible on the conference website at https://digicrop.de/talks/. Open access to all talks gives even those who have missed the live event an excellent opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of the field of digital technologies for sustainable crop production.
The joint event of FORLand Agricultural Land Markets – Efficiency and Regulation and PhenoRob will host a talk by Emily Burchfield, Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University, on “Cultivating Food Security in a Changing World”.
Prof. Dr. Burchfield will explore the interactions between agriculturally-driven land use change, climate change, and agricultural production in the United States. Her research integrates “big” geospatial datasets with “deep” qualitative data to understand agroecological system dynamics at multiple scales.
Nived Chebrolu gave a talk titled ‘Robotics for Precision Agriculture’ on 31st Dec, 2019 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Tirupati.
The talk covered topics ranging from monitoring fields using UAVs, automated in-field interventions for weed control using ground robots and the potential of phenotyping activities at the field scale. IIT Tirupati has recently started a inter-departmental effort towards pursuing precision agriculture as thrust area for research.
Nived Chebrolu gave a talk regarding the possibilities of robotics on 28th Dec, 2019 at the T.M. Rao High School, Bhattiprolu, India. The talk was attended by students from grades 6 to 10.
The talk highlighted the roles robots could play in our day-to-day activities. Considerable interest was expressed by the students towards pursuing a career in this direction and were particularly excited by the possibility of robotics in agriculture, which forms the primary economic activity in this region.