Special Issue "Inventions and Innovation in Smart Sensing Technologies for Agriculture"

A special issue of Inventions (ISSN 2411-5134). This special issue belongs to the section "Inventions and Innovation in Design, Modeling and Computing Methods".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 1064

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College of Engineering, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083, China
Interests: smart sensing; smart agriculture; Internet of Things; energy harvesting sensing; self-powered sensing; battery-free sensing; food monitoring
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Dear Colleagues,

Agriculture plays a crucial role in ensuring global food security and sustainable development. Smart sensing technologies have emerged as powerful tools to enhance productivity, optimize resource utilization, and improve overall agricultural practices. By gathering cutting-edge research and technological advancements in smart sensing technologies, the Special Issue on “Inventions and Innovation of Smart Sensing Technologies in Agriculture” aims to contribute to the advancement of precision agriculture, sustainability, and productivity in the agricultural sector.

The Special Issue aims to cover a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Design and development of novel smart sensors for monitoring soil conditions, crop health, irrigation, fertilization and agri-food quality management.
  • Wireless sensor networks and Internet of Things (IoT) applications in precision agriculture for real-time data collection, analysis, and decision-making.
  • Remote sensing techniques and satellite imagery for crop monitoring, yield estimation, and land management.
  • Integration of advanced technologies such as robotics, drones, and artificial intelligence in smart sensing systems for automated farming operations.
  • Smart sensing technologies for monitoring and controlling environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, light, and air quality in greenhouses and controlled environments.
  • Use of smart sensing technologies for pest and disease detection, early warning systems, and plant protection strategies.
  • Innovative approaches for data analytics, modeling, and predictive algorithms to optimize agricultural practices and improve resource efficiency.
  • Field trials, case studies, and practical applications of smart sensing technologies in different agricultural sectors including crop production, livestock management, aquaculture, agroforestry, and the agri-food supply chain.

Authors are encouraged to submit their high-quality research and innovation contributions to this Special Issue, with a focus on the development and application of smart sensing technologies in agriculture.

Dr. Xinqing Xiao
Guest Editor

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  • smart sensing technologies
  • precision agriculture
  • wireless sensor networks
  • inventions and innovation

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Sensing Spontaneous Combustion in Agricultural Storage Using IoT and ML
Inventions 2023, 8(5), 122; https://doi.org/10.3390/inventions8050122 - 26 Sep 2023
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The combustion of agricultural storage represents a big hazard to the safety and quality preservation of crops during lengthy storage times. Cotton storage is considered more prone to combustion for many reasons, i.e., heat by microbial growth, exothermic and endothermic reactions in storage [...] Read more.
The combustion of agricultural storage represents a big hazard to the safety and quality preservation of crops during lengthy storage times. Cotton storage is considered more prone to combustion for many reasons, i.e., heat by microbial growth, exothermic and endothermic reactions in storage areas, and extreme weather conditions in storage areas. Combustion not only increases the chances of a big fire outbreak in the long run, but it may also affect cotton’s quality factors like its color, staple length, seed quality, etc. The cotton’s quality attributes may divert from their normal range in the presence of combustion. It is difficult to detect, monitor, and control combustion. The Internet of Things (IoT) offers efficient and reliable solutions for numerous research problems in agriculture, healthcare, business analytics, and industrial manufacturing. In the agricultural domain, the IoT provides various applications for crop monitoring, warehouse protection, the prevention of crop diseases, and crop yield maximization. We also used the IoT for the smart and real-time sensing of spontaneous combustion inside storage areas in order to maintain cotton quality during lengthy storage. In the current research, we investigate spontaneous combustion inside storage and identify the primary reasons for it. Then, we proposed an efficient IoT and machine learning (ML)-based solution for the early sensing of combustion in storage in order to maintain cotton quality during long storage times. The proposed system provides real-time sensing of combustion-causing factors with the help of the IoT-based circuit and prediction of combustion using an efficient artificial neural network (ANN) model. The proposed smart sensing of combustion is verified by a different set of experiments. The proposed ANN model showed a 99.8% accuracy rate with 95–98% correctness and 97–99% completeness. The proposed solution is very efficient in detecting combustion and enables storage owners to become aware of combustion hazards in a timely manner; hence, they can improve the storage conditions for the preservation of cotton quality in the long run. The whole article consists of five sections. Full article
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