New Conference on Digital Crop Production in November 2020

When a computer scientist talks to a plant expert: A new exchange opportunity for researchers in the field of digital agriculture has been created. The International Conference “Digital Technologies for Sustainable Crop Production” (DIGICROP) will take place on November 10, 2020 for the first time and in a remote fashion. The scientific event addresses an interdisciplinary audience working at the intersection of engineering, robotics, computer science, crop sciences, agricultural sciences, phenotyping, and economics. DIGICROP thus faces the challenge of combining very diverse fields of expertise for a new research topic to achieve completely new insights in the field of digital technologies addressing progress in agriculture, especially crop production.

To accomplish this, the online conference combines pre-recorded talks with live discussions. In preparation for the main event on November 10, the video talks will provide a comprehensive insight into the speakers’ research of the last 1-2 years. Talks will be available online from November 1 on. Live Q&A sessions for these talks will happen via an online conferencing tool on November 10 (in the daytime, CET). With this concept the conference aims to stimulate scientific discussions among the participants and disseminate results across disciplinary boundaries.

The conference chairs, Cyrill Stachniss and Heiner Kuhlmann, spokespersons of the German Cluster of Excellence “PhenoRob – Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Crop Production” at the University of Bonn are seeking qualified presenters that engage the scientific audience. More information for presenters and participants are provided on the conference website.

Based on the submissions, the agenda will evolve along the following themes in the context of modern and digital technologies supporting sustainable crop production. It includes but is not limited to techniques from robotics, mobile sensing, remote sensing, machine learning, and AI for monitoring and analyzing fields, for decision-making, and for supporting sustainable crop production in general. The same holds for approaches investigating new field arrangements, targeted interventions and other management actions, support measures for plant breeding, phenotypic trait estimation, simulations and forecasts about the state of the agro-ecosystem but also predictions, upscaling, and impact estimation from an economic point of view.

Six Excellent Keynote Speakers

The broad spectrum of topics is also reflected in the already confirmed keynotes. The speakers range from Tom Duckett (University of Lincoln – Robotics & Autonomous Systems) to Michelle Watt (University of Melbourne – Botany). Plant Modeling and Crop Sciences will be present with Frank Ewert (Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research) as well as Achim Walter (ETH Zurich). Thomas Heckelei (University of Bonn) and Salah Sukkarieh (University of Sydney) complete the list of keynote speakers with their focus on Economic and Agricultural Policy and Field Robotics.

The whole event is free of charge for all participants and presenters and 100% online. Further information about the program and the registration process will be made available soon via the conference website.