Special Issue "Digital Transformation in the Agriculture Sector"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer Science & Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Juan Antonio Martinez Navarro
Guest Editor
Department of Information and Communications Engineering, Computer Science Faculty, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain
Interests: Smart Cities, Smart Agriculture;IoT; Security; Privacy; Sensor networks; Vehicular ad-hoc networks; Mobile ad-hoc networks
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Dr. José Santa
Guest Editor
Department of Electronics, Computer Technology and Projects, School of Telecommunications Engineering, Technical University of Cartagena, Cartagena 30202 (Murcia), Spain
Interests: intelligent transportation systems; mobile and wireless networks; intelligent infrastructures and telematics
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Dr. Andrés Muñoz
Guest Editor
Polytechnic School, Catholic University of Murcia, Campus de los Jerónimos, Guadalupe 30107, Murcia, Spain
Interests: knowledge engineering; semantic web; ambient intelligence; intelligent environments; context-awareness
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has expressed its concern because of growing population and urbanization which has impacted in the global food production. Digital technologies can improve traditional agriculture by reducing water and nutrient consumption, avoiding the need of large crop areas and adjusting environmental parameters as desired, among others. Traditionally, the agriculture sector has integrated digital technologies for managing irrigation systems or forecasting weather conditions, but recent developments in the area of communications, computation and artificial intelligence can further improve areas such as precision agriculture and spread automatic management of crops worldwide.

Nowadays, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) developments and their evolution are transforming the paradigm of agriculture production management providing with more and more precise information allowing the agriculture industry to better understand the behavior and development of the agriculture productions and enabling farmers to meet the requirements that these productions need in each of their stages. In this manner, digital agriculture can assist with optimizing the efficiency, providing decision support systems capable of estimating a future state of the production, giving the parameters of the current trends, or even interacting with other systems thanks to interoperability components making easier to spread an isolated knowledge to nearby productions thanks to cooperative approaches.

The goal of this Special Issue is to motivate the publication of works and studies in the field of the digital transformation of the agriculture section, with emphasis on IoT-enabled solutions, interoperability, distributed computing and machine-learning-based models providing their outputs as decision support systems. Therefore, researchers are invited to submit their manuscripts to this Special Issue and contribute their solutions, models, proposals, reviews and studies.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • IoT for smart agriculture.
  • Precision agriculture using ICT.
  • Sustainable agriculture using digital technologies.
  • Crop sensing.
  • Wireless sensor networks in agriculture.
  • Application of LPWAN communications in the agriculture sector.
  • Crop monitoring using satellites and UAVs.
  • Semantic models for smart agriculture.
  • Cloud, edge and fog computing in agriculture.
  • Intelligent resource allocation and decision-making tools.
  • Intelligent applications for ensuring food security.
  • Intelligent tools and methods for farming system design.
  • Intelligent and connected vehicles in smart agriculture.
  • Electronics in smart agriculture.
  • Wearable devices to support farmers.
  • Application of 5G/6G technologies and networks in smart agriculture.

Dr. Juan Antonio Martínez Navarro
Dr. José Santa
Dr. Andrés Muñoz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Smart sensors
  • Smart agriculture
  • Machine-Learning- , AI – based models
  • Data analytics
  • Cloud/fog/edge computing
  • Remote sensing
  • Satellite and UAV image analysis and exploitation
  • Interoperability
  • Agriculture-related Ontologies
  • Resource allocation
  • Decision making
  • Food security
  • Farming system design

Published Papers

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