Welcome to ICT-AGRI

The overall goal of ICT-AGRI is to strengthen the European research within the area of precision farming and to develop a common European research agenda concerning ICT and robotics in agriculture. ICT-AGRI develops international research calls to pool fragmented human and financial resources over the boundaries of the participating countries, in order to improve both the efficiency and the effectiveness of Europe’s research efforts. More info can be found here.

EIP-AGRI Seminar Report published: "Data revolution: emerging new data-driven business models in the agri-food sector"

ICT and sensor-based technologies increase the amount of data collected in agriculture and throughout the whole supply chain. This development offers significant potential for new data-driven business models. In June 2016, DG AGRI organised a seminar in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the framework of the EIP-AGRI. The goal was to reflect on how Agricultural and rural development policy can support the data revolution for an enhanced productivity and sustainability in the wide agri-food chain. https://ec.europa.eu/eip/agriculture/en/Seminar_Data_Revolution

MCG2016 - 5th International conference on Machine Control & Guidance

“Facing complex outdoor challenges by inter-disciplinary research” is this years headline of the International Confernce on Machine Control & Guidance taking place in the middle of France in Vichy on the 5th and 6th October. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers, scientists, industry representatives and PhD students to share their results, knowledge and expertise about Control and Guidance systems applied to outdoor fields as Agriculture, Avionics, Geodesy, Road construction, Civil Security, Mine site, Forest, Industry sectors… working in complex off-road environments.

It pays to pay!

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Why researchers that pay to get published are NOT mad.

Researchers are an odd race. Like journalists, they write articles. Their articles might have less sexy topics than those of journalists (see framed text for a great example), but nonetheless they are well-written pieces of text, backed up by excellent graphs of their painstakingly collected data. But unlike journalists, researchers don’t get paid for writing them. They usually write their articles for free. Moreover, in recent times, some researchers actually started paying their publishers to get their articles published! And they’ve got good reasons to do so. It really pays to pay!

Mapping of projects within ICT and robotics for agriculture

ICT-AGRI is collecting data about recent and ongoing projects within ICT and automation for a sustainable agriculture. The mapped projects can be search in sevaral ways. Website users can bookmark interesting projects for later review, and web site users can contact projects by a form which sends a mail to the project contact person, who then can decide to reply or ignore.

Agricultural Foresights and Reserch & Innovation Strategies

Several Agricultural Foresights and Reserch & Innovation Strategies have recently been published. It is interesting to see that ICT and robotics are essential ingredients in the European and national agenda for a future sustainable and efficient agriculture.
This article gives links to reports from Ireland, France, Germany and the EU. We are also interested in reports from other countries. Please share with us if you have something in mind in this respect.

New DFKI Competence Center (CC-SaAT) focuses on Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture

Saarbrücken, Kaiserslautern, Bremen und Osnabrück, 11.07.2016
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) can look back on many years of experience in the field of innovative technologies for agriculture. The DFKI bundles its extensive expertise in the new Competence Center Smart Agriculture Technologies (CC-SaAT) opened on July 1, 2016. The new center is intended to serve as a development and collaboration platform and central point of contact for partners from science and industry .

Wanted: Mobile Apps to Handle Big Data from Space

From 12th - 19th September 2016, for the fifth time, ESA will be inviting 20 developers to its ESRIN location in Frascati (including travel expenses and accommodation). The Space App Camp is an opportunity to spend a week with like-minded people, gaining insight into the European Space Programmes, and learning how to enrich mobile applications with satellite data.

ICT-AGRI Call 2017 - Farm Management Systems

ICT-AGRI is preparing a call for transnational projects to be launched in November 2016 and closed for applications in February 2017. Over the summer ICT-AGRI will discuss this call with stakeholders and potential applicants, and seek funding commitments. The scope of the call is to support activities concerning the implementation of Smart Applications on farms in three different areas. For further information read the attached document. Your opinion is important - Add a comment

ICT-AGRI 2016 Action Plan on Farm Management Systems

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The Action Plan describes actions to be taken by the ICT-AGRI in 2016.
The goal of the new Action Plan is to define actions on how to stimulate the implementation of research & innovation topics focusing on Farm Management  Systems. Condensed on 27 pages the Action Plan gives and connects background information on ICT-AGRI's Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) with the specific research needs in different parts of FMS. The Action Plan is meant to form the basis for the 2016 call: ICT-AGRI Partnerships.