e-Agri: Integrating sensors & electronic engineering to help deliver low carbon, smart agriculture and crop phenotyping e-Agri may be defined as the fundamental device engineering, electronics and sensor system design to help deliver future sustainable agriculture and food systems. The paper will introduce the concepts and motivations behind e-Agri and illustrate these with a series of research examples from the group, of the same name, based at the University of Manchester (UK). This is the only dedicated agri-sensors engineering group to be based within a significantly-sized School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (c.80 academic staff). The seminar will draw upon existing industry-sponsored research in the group, notably related to such platform technologies in: Sub-surface electro-impedance tomography, Networked fungal pathogen sensing, Mass producible low-cost wireless nodes for soil monitoring and Close-proximity active hyperspectral imaging. These will be used to exemplify how engineering research can be translated from none agri-food duties, re-engineered and then integrated with plant science and agronomy research to create novel 'smart farming' technologies and laboratory-to-field crop phenotyping.
Chair: Alan Harper