Special Issue "Agricultural Machinery and Processing"

A special issue of Machines (ISSN 2075-1702).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2017).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Moshou
Guest Editor
Head of Agricultural Engineering Laboratory, Faculty of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.), P.O. 275, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: sensor systems for automated detection and mapping of crop enemies and threat situations (weeds, fungi, viruses, and insects); sensor systems for the detection, recognition, and mapping of nutrient stresses in crops; hyperspectral, multispectral, fluorescence, fluorescence kinetics, computer vision, thermal, lidar, and multisensor systems for crop status sensing and phenotyping; yield mapping in orchards and arable crops by using new technologies (GNSS, RTK-GPS, Zigbee, ambient computing); sensors for viticulture and wine quality; produce and activity traceability systems in the field by using new technologies (RFID, barcode, GPS, Zigbee, wearable computers, etc); bio-inspired information processing, neuroscience, self-organization, and computational intelligence; intelligent control of mechatronic systems; cyber-physical systems; industry 4.0; Internet of Things, and M2M systems; information and data fusion; cognitive robotics and active learning systems, sensor-based environment awareness
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Farming is facing many challenges in terms of productivity and cost-effectiveness. The introduction of intelligent agricultural machines to agricultural operations will allow for increased efficiency and reduced environmental impact. There are partially and fully automatic devices for most aspects of agricultural functions, from seeding and planting, from spraying to harvesting and livestock management. Precision farming using sensors and robotics technologies applied to existing systems can lead to higher resource-efficiency and environment-friendly agricultural production. Precision farming machinery aims to optimize growth and harvesting processes resulting in yield increase, but could also lead to lower inputs on one hand and improved soil quality on the other. Robots and smart automation can also gather operational data such as condition monitoring and fleet condition allowing preventive maintenance and improved fleet management.

This Special Issue will focus on agricultural machinery and processing for precision farming, such as selective harvesting, more targeted weed and pest reduction or precise variable rate fertilization, and/or livestock management, based on better planning and precise targeted interventions, using sensors (local and aerial), condition monitoring and collective planning for agricultural machines.

Prof. Dimitrios Moshou
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Machines is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Agricultural automation
  • Precision farming machinery
  • Sensors
  • Condition monitoring
  • Fleet management
  • Robotic agriculture

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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