NJF SEMINAR 492
Advances and Innovations in Agricultural Engineering. The 2nd NJF - Agromek- EurAgEng joint seminar
Nov. 28 - 29, 2016 in Herning, Denmark
Several topics will be covered during the conference in Herning, which should draw interest from all of us working within Agricultural Engineering, please see the list of topics below.
The main goal is to increase and strengthen the Agricultural Engineering cooperation within research, education, companies, advisory service as well as innovation between our countries. Additionally, we offer participation with approved presentations free of charge for PhD- students (a total maximum of 10) in order to better include young upcoming AE scientists. You are all warmly welcome with a presentation from your work or as an active participant! Together we can improve the future farming in our countries!
Innovation is a key issue for future farming and in pending research and it is a clear focus for this conference. Participation as well as presentations from the AE manufactures and companies are welcomed.
The conference will highlight the common interest of AE from researchers and manufactures and aims to improve the level of AE education and AE consultancy within the Nordic Baltic countries. At the end of the conference, the participants are offered free of charge to take part in special interest groups (SIG) visiting selected types of machinery at the fair, e.g. latest new equipment items in plant protection, safety, precision farming, last innovations etc. Detailed information about the SIG groups will be announced together with the final program, closer to the conference.
David Ball is currently a Senior Robotics Engineer at Bosch Startup Deepfield Robotics designing robotic solutions for agriculture. Previously he was a Chief Investigator at the Queensland University of Technology on the $3 million QLD DAF “Strategic Investment in Farm Robotics” project. Before this he was a researcher on the “Robotics for Zero-Tillage Agriculture” project for which his team was awarded the QUT Vice Chancellor Team Performance Award in 2013. He completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Systems Engineering in 2001 and his PhD in Mechatronic Engineering in 2008, both at the University of Queensland. His first research position was on an Australian Special Research Initiative, Thinking Systems, a highly cross-disciplinary team which investigated navigation across real and conceptual spaces. He has lectured various university units covering team-based design, control, perception and robotics.
Niels Dybro is finishing up his PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focusing on “Sustainable intensification of global crop production” to which he has taken a total systems perspective, ranging from demographic trends, global climate zones, crop land availability, to recent historical crop yields, crop production and ways to sustainably feed 9 billion people by 2050, including exploring crop production process- and mechanization options.
Niels Dybro is currently employed at John Deere at their Moline Technology Innovation Center in the Soil ad Crop Systems group as Staff Engineer focusing on total system analysis and design with emphasis on job optimization. He has worked at John Deere in different capacities since 1998, when he started in design of operator controls in the tractor cabs, followed by some time in manufacturing engineering and supply management, followed by work on characterization of customers total solution system for crop production and solution options for the near and long term.
In addition to the PhD in Agricultural Engineering, Niels Dybro has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, an MBA from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, a certificate in Systems Design and Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The conference will start at 12 am on the 28th and finish at 18 am on the 29th (from 12-18 on the 29th SIG groups will visit the Agromek.
- Engineers & industrial employees with interest within arable farming and agricultural engineering.
- Researchers, advisors, students & farmers.
- Exhibitors & employees from the exhibiting companies at Agromek.
For all further information about the seminar please do not hesitate to send e-mail to Snorri Sigurdsson, chairman for NJF´s Technology Section: email@example.com
Innovation and product design
Innovation processes are challenging because of demanding design requirements due to hard environmental conditions, seasonal work, user skills and ergonomic constraints. User-Centered or User-Driven innovation methods could be more used to improve the design. State of art in the Northern Europe.
Biorefinery and energy production
Reclamation of valuable products from agricultural residues such as proteins, bioplastics, biogas, bioethanol and incineration technologies.
Robotics, sensors and Precision Agriculture
Agricultural robotics and intelligent machines. Use of laser scanners and other sensors in practical use and AE research. Imaging. State of art of precision agriculture and expected use for the next 10 years. Mission planning and route optimization. Parallel tracking and controlled traffic farming.
Data communications between agricultural systems
Open standards and interoperability for data exchange between systems like machines and management systems involving geo-spatial data infrastructures, data services accessible via standardized inter-faces and formats, web-services, ISOBUS, and development of network information model.
Farm management information systems
Data acquisition and information processing, decision support for operations optimization, data integration, distributed information management (cloud, Internet-of-things, etc.), advanced data acquisition on machines, integration with management systems.
Operation management and optimization
Resource usage, energy requirement, planning tools for machine dimensioning, scheduling and routing, planning and logistics in the supply chain, user-driven design of information’s system, information modeling, system analyses and sustainability analyses.
Last updates within indoor mechanization with focus on usage of robotic technique.
Advisory and consulting services
Advisory service level within AE in our countries and how to benefit and increase the quality in near future? Advisory services are especially invited to contribute.
Education level within AE and our countries today. How to benefit and increase the quality in near future? Scientific people from universities and university colleges are especially invited to contribute.
Soil protection and Machine Soil interaction. Modelling of soil compaction. Machinery to reduce soil compaction. Decision support systems to predict and minimize soil compaction.
Plant protection machinery
The sprayer manufacturers meet new challenges for technical developments. Advanced technical solutions are expected or hoped for but also have to be on a realistic economical level for the market-(s). The Machinery Directive and the Safe Use Directive (SUD) has put new demands and challenges on sprayer manufacturers and sprayer operators.
Sprayers with high technological performances and capacities are put on the marker, with solutions to increase environmental safety, precision in application and minimizing losses as well as increased comfort for the operator. Sprayer inspection is to be implemented in all Europe on all kinds of equipment, this put demands on administration processes, testing equipment and control methods. Drift reducing technologies is introduced in many countries as a means to get plant protection products approved and to reduce sizes of buffer zones. Challenges to get them used by operators who may fear reduced efficacy of treatments.
Spray records are demanded by regulations and traceability contracts. Highly technical automatic solutions are under development
Post harvest and logistics
Handling of biomass for storage, logistics for transport of biomass from site of harvesting to storage or processing facility, technology/sensors for monitoring storage over time, type of transport, quality of stored biomass.
Ergonomics & safety
Occupational safety and health situation in farms. Ergonomics of work needs to be considered as a changing issue since agricultural work includes more and more information handling, monitoring of system performance and service. Use of external manpower and foreign workers challenge the working environment in the ever growing farms. This also has an effect on product development in agricultural engineering.
Improved energy efficiency in machinery and systems, energy efficiency measurements, effects of indirect energy inputs, farms self-supplying in energy, future technologies.
Environmental aspects and Climate neutral farming
Climate neutral farming, lowered machinery emissions, lowered system emissions, clean technologies, improved methodology for environmental evaluation.
Monday 28th of November
|10.00-12.00||Registration and coffee|
|12.00-12.15||Introduction and welcome|
|12.15-13.00||Robotics||1. Keynote speaker David M. Ball from Bosch Deepfield Robotics Agricultural Robots|
|14.00-14.20||Robotics||Thorvald II: A modular and confiurable agricultural robot||Lars Grimstad, NMBU, NO|
|14.20-14.40||Robotics||Exploring the use of robot and drones as phenotyping tools in plant breeding||Morten Lillemo, NMBU, NO|
|14.40-15.00||Sensors||Sensors from companies||Anton Gårde Thomsen, AU, DK|
|15.00-15.20||Sensors||Learnings from a survey on the use of crop sensors on Danish farms||Anna Marie Thierry, SEGES, DK|
|Break 20 min|
|15.40-16.00||Imaging & weeds||Tools and techniologies for reduced herbicide use in cereals||Therese W. Berge, NIBIO, NO|
|16.00-16.20||Imaging & weeds||IPMwise-a new descision support system (DSS) for integrated weed management (IWM)||Per Rydahl, IPM Consult ApS, DK|
|16.20-16.40||Imaging & weeds||“Vision algorithms for Weed Control within the DockWeeder Project”||Tsampikos Kounalakis, AAU, DK|
|16.40-17.00||Tillage||Optimal seedbed preparation in a changing climate||Dorothee Kolberg, HH, NO|
|Break 40 min||Poster session, please see end of program. Demo of equipment for inspection of sprayers. Demo of the Thorvald robot.|
|17.40-18.00||Energy||Improving energy efficiency of agricultural logistics– a case-study on four Swedish farms||Carina Gunnarsson, JTI, SE|
|18.00-18.20||Energy||Biogas upgrading: a flexible form of energy storage||Alastair James Ward, AU, DK|
|18.20-18.40||Energy||Organic loading rates, Degradation and Methane Production from the co-digestion of Dairy slurry manure and Food waste.||John Morken, NMBU, NO|
|18.40-19.00||Energy||Cable-fed electric tractors – a path to electrification of heavy field work?||Gunnar Larsson, SLU, SE|
|19.30 (20.00) -||Workshop dinner|
Tuesday 29th of November
|08.20-08.40||Innovation||An electronic grain passport and traceability system||Matts Nysand, LUKE, FI|
|08.40-09.00||Innovation||A new low-temperature dryer||Matts Nysand, LUKE, FI|
|09.00-09.20||Tillage||Intensifying bare fallow strategies to control perennial weeds||Timo Lötjönen, LUKE, FI|
|09.20-09.40||Management and systems||Open Integration of Farm Things and Management Systems||Ari Ronkainen/ Antti Suokannas, LUKE, FI|
|09.40-10.00||Management and systems||Troubleshooting Open Multi-Machinery Systems in Agriculture||Ari Ronkainen/ Antti Suokannas, LUKE, FI|
|Break 20 min|
|10.20-10.40||Management and systems||An offline infield logistic planning tool for grain harvesting||Kun Zhou, AU, DK|
|10.40-11.00||Management and systems||Data Fusion and Decision making in Agriculture||Biipjet Kaur, JKU, AU|
|11.00-11.20||Prescision farming||Close-range remote sensing and geo-data handling in precision agriculture||Jakob Geipel, NIBIO, NO|
|11.20-11.40||Prescision farming||15 years of research on precision agriculture in Norway; what have we learned and where are we heading?||Audun Korsæth, NIBIO, NO|
|Break 15 min|
|11.55-12.00||EurAgEng and how to interact in Nordic countries||Claus Sørensen, AU, DK|
|12.00-12.45||Prescision farming||2. Keynote speaker Niels Dybro, John Deere, USA. Precision agriculture and future agricultural farming|
|12.45-13.00||Closing session||Summing up and information about SIG groups and the Agromek fair. Go to the Agromek Fair|
|13.00-14.00||Lunch at Agromek fair|
|14.00-15.30||SIG||Special interest groups (SIG) robotics and sensors, precision farming, innovation, indoor mechanization going around at Agromek|
|15.30-17.00||Agromek||Visit Agromek fair on your own|
|Robotic elimination of mildew on strawberries using UVB light, Lars Grimstad, NMBU, NO|
|Advisory and consulting services in greenhouse sector in Antalya province of Turkey, Prof.Dr. Orhan ÖZÇATALBAŞ, Turkey|
|BIOENERGY-Optimization of bio-methane production from briquetted wheat straw by direct injection of KOH, Lu Feng|
|Low-methane biogas in dual fuel engines used in agricultural tractors, Gunnar Larsson, SLU, SE|
|Generative programming for safe mobile robots, Tom Simonsen, CONPLEKS, DK|
There will be shuttle buses from Billund airport to Herning MCH on Sunday, Monday and also at the end of Tuesday at low price rates. You can choose departure time from a table during the registration process.
Call for papers and posters
Proposals for oral presentations and posters relevant to the seminar are welcome. Oral presentations are limited to 20 minutes (15 min presentation + 5 min for questions).
Please send a summary (max. 250 words, including title), indicating the preferred communication (poster/oral presentation) to the organizing committee. Use the standard form (link at the top to the right) or send directly to firstname.lastname@example.org within the deadline.
Deadline for abstracts: 15th of October 2016
Advisor Snorri Sigurdsson , SEGES P/S
Agro Food Park 15,
8200 Århus N, Denmark.
Phone: +45 8740 5000
Fax: +45 8740 5010
- Nils Bjugstad (NO) - chairman. Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
- Allan Pedersen (DK). CEO for Agromek & Danish Agroindustry
- Claus Sørensen (DK). Senior scientist at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University
- Ole Green (DK). CEO, Agro Intelligence.
- Eskil Nilsson (SE). Advisor, Visavi God Lantmannased AB
- Hannu Haapala (FI). CEO ProAgria South Ostrobothnia
- Kestutis Navickas (LT). Assoc. prof. and leader of Institute for Energy and Biotechnology Engineering, Aleksandras Stulginskis University
- Per Anders Hansson (SE). Professor, Department of Energy and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
- Snorri Sigurdsson (IS). Advisor, Department of Dairy & Cattle Farming, SEGES P/S Denmark
Deadline for abstracts: 15th of October 2016
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