IEEE Distinguished Lecture "Let the plants do the talking"

Friday 12 May, 2023, 9.00-10.30, Building MO 25, Room P1.1, Prof. Danilo Demarchi, Politecnico di Torino, Distinguished lecturer IEEE CAS Society and Editor in chief IEEE Transactions on Agrifood Electronics (TAFE) will give a lecture entitled:

“Let the Plants do the Talking: Smart Agriculture by the messages received from Plants and Soil”

in the framework of IEEE CAS Society, Italian Chapter, Distinguished lecturer program, BS and MS degree in Ingegneria Elettronica / Electronic Engineering, and PhD school in Information and Communication Technologies.

Abstract: Precision Agriculture based on IoT active connections is a rapidly growing research field, where controlled-quality production, water use optimisation, reduced deployment of pesticides and fertilizers are key issues. These technologies support the improvement of food quality while helping agriculture to respect the environment. Electronic Circuits and Systems (CAS) are ideal tools for interfacing the data sources, processing the data, extracting relevant information along the whole food chain (from farmers and the professional stakeholders to the consumers), and contribute to implement eco-friendly, safe, circular and practical solutions. This CAS Distinguished Lecture, provides an overview of electronics for precision agriculture, analyses solutions that can bring relevant innovations, advancing the existing strategies based on remote or indirect measurements, by instead in-place measuring the plant and soil parameters associated with data on environmental conditions. Application scenarios for crop monitoring, water control, information communication and decision support will be presented.

Danilo Demarchi is Professor at Politecnico di Torino, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications. He leads the MiNES (Micro&Nano Electronic Systems - http://mines.polito.it) Laboratory of Politecnico di Torino and coordinates the Italian Institute of Technology Microelectronics group at Politecnico di Torino (IIT@DET). He is author and co-author of more than 300 scientific publications in international journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings and 5 patents. He has been founder and Vice-Chair of the IEEE CAS Special Interest Group on AgriFood Electronics, and founder and Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on AgriFood Electronics, General Chair of IEEE BioCAS (Biomedical Circuits and Systems) Conference in 2017 in Torino, and founder of IEEE FoodCAS Workshop (Circuits and Systems for the Foodchain). His research is carried out in collaboration with the EPFL Lausanne, Tel Aviv University, MIT and Harvard Medical School (project SISTER: Smart electronic IoT SysTEms for Rehabilitation sciences).