In April the global news agency Reuters published their list of the world’s 1000 most influential climate scientists. Frank Ewert is among the top 100.
The framework for identifying the most influential climate researchers goes back to an idea of the data journalist Maurice Tamman who created a list using a combination of three rankings. These are based on the number of publications on topics related to climate change, the number of their citations and the attention the researchers and their work have received in public policy papers, the lay press and through social media. Frank Ewert is one of the world’s top 100 climate influencers and among the top 10 in Germany.
Agricultural production of crops as a source of food and energy faces enormous challenges: on the one hand, yields must be increased to meet the needs of a growing global population, on the other hand, the available arable land is shrinking, the effects of climate change are already noticeable in many places, and the ecological footprint of crop production must be reduced. Digital technologies such as agrorobotics in particular have the potential to make a significant contribution to overcoming these challenges through optimized observation, analysis and intervention.
The deadline for applications is June 15, 2021.
The PhenoRob Excellentcluster of the University of Bonn is inviting applications for the PhenoRob International Summer School 2021 on “Agricultural Robotics”, which will take place from Tue. 24 to Sat. 28 August, 2021 as a digital event. Advanced master students and early doctoral students (first year) are invited to apply. The summer school will be held in English.
Please see the call for applications for further information on the event, the terms of participation, and information on the application process on:
PhenoRob partner project “WeedAI” receives funding from BMEL for 3 years.
The importance of novel methods for weed control is rapidly growing, however, evaluating the effectiveness of these technologies is lacking. “Weed AI” is working on methods to rapidly and autonomously evaluate the efficacy of weeding systems. Based on core deep learning (AI) methods for plant recognition, this project will develop vision-based methods to automatically assess the effectiveness of weeding operations (both weed and crop). Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), it is hoped that this project will contribute to assessing new weeding technologies and improve uptake of these new technologies.
260.000 Euros for PhenoRob Partner Project from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
does not only mean more mobility for humans, but also – unfortunately – for
pests and parasites. One of these new plant diseases in Germany is “Flavescence
dorée”, a phytoplasma disease of the vine that has become a growing threat for
our vineyards here. To battle this, the project “PhytoMo” sets out to identify
diseased vines early on, using a multispectral image processing system. These
can be used on the ground, but also in the air. At the University of Bonn, the
project is led by Prof. Dr. Heiner Kuhlmann and Dr. Lasse Klingbeil and has
been recognized as a Partner Project of Core Project 1 “4D Crop Reconstruction”
in the Cluster of Excellence “PhenoRob”.
project, we will watch the vines closely to detect this disease early on,” says
Klingbeil. “We will use sensors to observe them in great detail and this is
where ‘PhytoMo’ fits in with the research conducted in PhenoRob.” The project
is a collaborative effort of the Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Research Centre
for Cultivated Plants, Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies
and Image Exploitation (IOSB), University of Bonn, RLP AgroScience GmbH, LOGXON
Gmbh & Co. KG and the State Education and Research Institute for
Viticulture and Pomology Weinsberg. It is part of the Federal Ministry’s
initiative to combat introduction and importation of regulated and new organisms
harmful to plants.
Dario Gogoll, Phillip Lottes, Jan Weyler, Cyrill Stachniss and Nik Petrinic have won the IROS2020 Best Paper Award on Agri-Robotics with their paper: Unsupervised Domain Adaption for Transferring Plant Classification Systems to New Field Environments, Crops, and Robotics. The paper proposes an effective approach to unsupervised domain adaption for plant segmentation systems in agriculture and thus to adapt existing systems to new environments, different value crops, and other farm robots. The IROS Best Paper Award is a program which supports academic researchers in the area of Intelligent Robots and Systems. Check out the paper trailer video if you want to learn more about this contribution and join Dario Gogoll’s presentation at DIGICROP2020 on November 10, 2020 in the session on “Machine Learning for the Field“. Congratulations to the authors!
The video talks of the digital conference DIGICROP 2020 are now online. Around 600 participants have already registered for our conference. We are looking forward to welcoming you all on the official website now as well as on Nov 10 at our live event. If you haven’t registered yet do so until Nov 8 at: https://digicrop.de/registration/ Want to know how DIGICROP works? Check out our welcome video!
We are happy to host Nik Petrinic from Oxford University as a PhenoRob Visiting Professor. Nik is a Professor of Engineering Science and a Royal Academy Chair of Impact Engineering. He gained his Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics from the University of Swansea in 1996, following his Dipl.Ing. in Structural Engineering from Croatia’s University of Zagreb. He joined the University of Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in Engineering Science in 1998. Among his duties as a Professor of Engineering Science, he was a Visiting Scientist at EMI-Fraunhofer in Freiburg, Germany, a consultant with Rolls-Royce plc, and is now visiting the Cluster of Excellence PhenoRob at the University of Bonn, Germany.
The 14th edition of the PhenoRob Seminar Series will feature talks by two external speakers. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwaneberg, Head of the Institute of Biotechnology at RWTH Aachen, will present novel concepts in the area of protein engineering for innovations in plant health. Philipp Lottes, founder of the startup Pheno-Inspect and researcher at the Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation at the University of Bonn, will provide insights in his experience from founding an agritech startup.