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Optical Sensing for Agricultural Applications

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing Image Processing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2023) | Viewed by 995

Special Issue Editors

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Institute for Bio-Economy and Agri-Technology (iBO), Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), 38333 Volos, Greece
Interests: precision agriculture; remote sensing; sensor networks; IoT; digital farming; decision support systems; agricultural engineering; agricultural automations
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Institute for Bio-Economy and Agri-Technology (iBO), Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), 38333 Volos, Greece
Interests: agricultural robotics; agricultural engineering; digital agriculture; artificial intelligence; operation managment; smart farming
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, the management of agricultural fields has advanced significantly. With the development and utilization of sensing systems for agricultural operations, farmers and farm managers are now able to take informed decisions based on real data from the field. In this respect, optical sensing has become a widely accepted solution for monitoring field, crop and soil status. Thus, advanced field management may be supported by incorporating information from various optical sensors: consumer-grade RGB-D (red green blue-depth) cameras, and LiDAR and multispectral sensors, acquired by various remote and proximal platforms (satellites, planes, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), etc.), or sensing systems installed on conventional equipment such as tractors and other human-operated vehicles. The functions of these optical sensors in agriculture include yield prediction, soil sensing, nutrient and pesticide applications, weed control, irrigation control and selective harvesting, among numerous other applications in the framework of precision agriculture, as well as navigation and context and situation awareness for operations management in agricultural environments.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to publish research articles, as well as review articles, addressing recent advances in systems and processes in the field of optical sensing, remote and proximal, for applications in agriculture. Original, high-quality contributions that have not yet been published and that are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought. 

Indicatively, research topics include:

  • Remote sensing in agriculture;
  • Optical sensors in agriculture;
  • Satellite data for agricultural management;
  • Optical sensing systems for autonomous agricultural vehicles;
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning for sensor data analysis;
  • Sensor fusion for agricultural applications;
  • Sensor-based variable rate applications;
  • UAVs and UGVs for crop monitoring;
  • Optical sensor-based navigation and awareness;
  • Field, crop and soil property mapping. 

Dr. Aristotelis C. Tagarakis
Prof. Dr. Dionysis Bochtis
Dr. Dimitrios Kateris
Guest Editors

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  • optical sensing
  • LiDAR sensors
  • satellite imaging
  • digital farming
  • precision agriculture
  • sensor fusion
  • UAV and UGV
  • artificial intelligence
  • remote sensing
  • crop monitoring
  • farm management

Published Papers

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