Welcome to the 6th IFAC Conference on Sensing, Control and Automation Technologies for Agriculture, to be held in Sydney Australia from 4-6 December 2019

It is a peer reviewed conference, hosted by UNSW Sydney and will be held at the Fullerton Hotel (currently the Westin) in Sydney’s CBD. The objective of the conference is to promote and disseminate sensing, control and automation research directed at agriculture. The conference scope will span the areas of fundamental, developmental, as well as applied and experimental work from the researchers working in the broader area of agricultural automation.

The conference is sponsored by IFAC Technical Committee 8.1 and co-sponsored by TC3.1, TC4.2, TC7.5 and TC8.4.

Welcome to Sydney, Australia!

The conference will be held at the Fullarton Hotel Sydney (currently branded The Westin Sydney but will be rebranded in 2019) located at 1 Martin Place, Sydney 2000 Australia. The hotel is an iconic venue in the very centre of Sydney’s CBD and with easy access to all the attractions Sydney offers.

Keynote speeches, invited talks and concurrent technical sessions will be held from 4-6 December 2019 at the conference venue.

    3rd December 2019:
Time Activity Room A Room B
17:00-19:00 Reception Event

    4th December 2019:
Time Activity Room A Room B
08:30-09:00 Coffee on Arrival
09:00-09:10 Opening Session
09:10-10:10 Keynote Speech
10:10-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:30 Technical Session 1 Plant and Pest Sensing Irrigation
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:10 Invited Talk 1
14:10-15:10 Technical Session 2 Flower and Fruit Detection Design of Machinery
15:10-15:40 Coffee Break
15:40-17:00 Technical Session 3 Navigation and Control Crop Modelling
    5th December 2019:
Time Activity Room A Room B
08:30-09:00 Coffee on Arrival
09:00-10:40 Technical Session 4 Mobile Robots Greenhouses
10:40-11:10 Coffee Break
11:10-11:50 Technical Session 5 Big Data and Optimisation Roots
11:50-12:30 Invited Talk 2
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:10 Technical Session 6 Aerial Vehicles Spectroscopy
15:10-15:40 Coffee Break
15:40-17:00 Panel Discussion Navigation and Control Crop Modelling
    6th December 2019:
Time Activity Room A Room B
08:30-09:00 Coffee on Arrival
09:00-10:40 Technical Session 7 Sensing for Harvesting UAV Sensing
10:40-11:10 Coffee Break
11:10-12:30 Technical Session 8 Depth Sensing Supervision, Modelling and Control
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:10 Invited Talk 3
14:10-15:10 Technical Session 9 Control Systems and Industry Sensing
15:10-15:30 Conclusion and Award Presentation
15:30-17:00 Committee Meeting

General enquiries about the conference should be directed to the conference co-chairs:

Assoc. Prof. Jay Katupitiya

agricontrol@unsw.edu.au

+61 2 9385 4096

UNSW, Sydney

Dr. Mark Whitty

agricontrol@unsw.edu.au

+61 2 9385 4230

UNSW, Sydney

    This year's AgriControl topics of interest include,

  • Crop Monitoring
  • Soil, Plant and Environment Sensing
  • Pest and Disease Detection Management
  • Crop Yield Estimation/Monitoring/Mapping
  • Sensing and Automation with UAVs
  • Internet of Things
  • Wireless Sensor Network
  • Big Data and Cloud Computing
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Sensing and Automation for Precision Irrigation
  • Precision Agriculture and Variable Rate Technologies
  • Machine Vision and Robotics for Crop Harvesting
  • Machine Vision and Robotics for Weed Control
  • Automation and Robotics in Agriculture
  • Design and Control of Agricultural Implements
  • Traction, Transmission and Slip Control Systems
  • Agricultural Machinery Guidance and Control
  • Robust Control Systems for Agriculture
  • Sensing, Automation and Robotics in Plant Factory, Protected Cultivation and Greenhouses
  • Sensing and Automation in Animal Farming
  • Sensing, Automation and Robotics for Post-Harvest/Processing
  • Nanotechnology for Precision and Automated Agriculture
  • Crop Systems/Canopy Architectures, Breeding and Genetics for Precision and Automated Agriculture
  • Professor Qin Zhang
  • Dr. Qin Zhang is the Director of the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) and a Professor of Agricultural Automation in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University (WSU). His research interests are in the areas of agricultural cybernetics, agricultural robotics, and smart agriculture. Based on his research outcomes, he has authored/edited five books, written 10 separate book chapters, edited three conference proceedings, published over 180 peer reviewed journal articles, and been awarded 11 U.S. patents. He is currently served in the Editor-in-Chief for Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, and an Honorary Vice President of CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering). He has also been invited to give keynote speeches at international technical conferences for 20+ times, plus numerous invited seminars and short courses at 40+ universities and research institutes worldwide. He has also given talks at more than a dozen major agricultural equipment manufacturers in the North/South America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Qin Zhang is an ASABE Fellow.
  • Hiroshi Shimizu, PhD
  • Professor
  • Lab. of Agricultural Systems Engineering Division of Environmental Science & Technology Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University
  • Timo Oksanen, PhD
  • Associate Professor
  • Agri-mechatronics at Technishe University of Munich and Visiting Professor at Aalto University
  • Manoj Karkee, PhD
  • Associate Professor Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University
  • Prof. Baillie Craig
  • Dr. Ray Eaton
  • Assoc. Prof. Robert Fitch (Editor)
  • Dr. Jose Guivant
  • Assoc. Prof. Jay Katupitiya (Chair)
  • Assoc. Prof. Sarath Kodagoda
  • Prof. Tristan Perez
  • Prof. Andrei Savkine
  • Dr. Mark Whitty (Co-chair)
  • Viacheslav Adamchuk, Canada
  • Visala Arto, Finland
  • Craig Baillie, Australia
  • Gokan Bayar, Turkey
  • Marcel Bergeman, USA
  • Stanley Best Sepulveda, Chile
  • Yang Ce, USA
  • Amir Degani, Israel
  • Nicole Dimos, Australia
  • Ray Eaton, Australia
  • Robert Fitch, Australia
  • Ravi Gudi, India
  • Jose Guivant, Australia
  • Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Germany
  • Yong He, China
  • Masek Jiri, Czech Republic
  • Manoj Karkee, USA
  • Jay Katupitiya, Australia
  • Hak-Jin Kim, Korea
  • Sarath Kodagoda, Australia
  • Yanfu Kuo, Taiwan
  • Ngai Ming Kwok, Australia
  • Claude Laguë, Canada
  • Minzen Li, China
  • Tang Lie, USA
  • Gary McMurray, USA
  • Paulo G.M. Moreira, Portugal
  • Kondo Naoshi, Japan
  • Novizar Nazir, Indonesia
  • Noguchi Noboru, Japan
  • Timo Oksanan, Finland
  • Susantha Pathirana, Sri Lanka
  • Tristan Perez, Australia
  • Gerrit Polder, Netherlands
  • Rohan Rainbow, Australia
  • Ramesh Raliya, USA
  • Mas Rovira, Spain
  • Andrei Savkine, Australia
  • Tilahun Seyoum, South Africa
  • Hiroshi Shimizu, Japan
  • Barbara Teruel, Brazil
  • Pratap Tokekar, USA
  • Tsu-Chin Tsao, USA
  • Mark Whitty, Australia
  • Fengqi You, USA
  • Qin Zhang, USA
  • Manuela Zude, Germany
  • Gheorghe-Daniel Andreescu, Romania
Contact Us

General enquiries about the conference should be directed to the conference co-chairs:

Assoc. Prof. Jay Katupitiya

agricontrol@unsw.edu.au

+61 2 9385 4096

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering,

UNSW, Sydney

Dr. Mark Whitty

agricontrol@unsw.edu.au

+61 2 9385 4230

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering,

UNSW, Sydney