Special Issue "From Industry 4.0 to Agriculture 4.0: Current Status, Enabling Technologies, and Research Challenges"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Heinz Bernhardt
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Guest Editor
Agricultural System Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Freising, Germany
Interests: smart farming; agricultural robots; agricultural logistic; livestock technology interaction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit articles for this Special Issue on the evolution from Industry 4.0 to Agriculture 4.0.

Industry 4.0 is currently seen as the fourth stage of the Industrial Revolution. It thus causes similar economic, environmental and social change as mechanical power generation, mass production and automation. Its goal is the structural implementation of digitally networked and cooperative production. In this process, the entire production chain is integrated into a cyber-physical system (CPS) and all operating resources, machines and participants are networked with each other.

Numerous implementation options result from this concept. Production can be highly flexible and demand-driven to single-item production. Transparent interfaces between the subsystems of the production process facilitate collaboration between systems and services, the sustainable use of resources, product traceability and the optimization of the entire production process. Finally, transparent data availability allows automated knowledge management and automated learning of the systems.

Like all industrial revolutions, this is also reflected in agriculture. The current scientific question is how this Agriculture 4.0 will be implemented. What technological aspects have already been implemented, and how are they impacting agriculture? What are the implications of Industry 4.0 approaches in interaction with crops and livestock? How can the much stronger environmental influences from climate, soil, environment and society of the open biological system of agriculture be integrated into Industry 4.0?

In this Special Issue, we invite contributions exploring cutting-edge research and recent advances in Agriculture 4.0. Both theoretical and experimental studies are welcome, as well as comprehensive reviews and survey articles.

Prof. Dr. Heinz Bernhardt
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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