Special Issue "Using Ground Robots and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles towards Smart Farming"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Vegetation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Andreas Kamilaris
Guest Editor
1. Pervasive Real-World Computing for Sustainability (SuPerWorld) Research Group, Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies (RISE), Nicosia 1066, Cyprus
2. Department of Computer Science, University of Twente, Enschede 7514, The Netherlands
Interests: Internet of Things; deep learning; remote sensing
Dr. Francesc Xavier Prenafeta Boldú
Guest Editor
Program Head at the Programme of Integral Management of Organic Waste (GIRO) , Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA), Torre Marimon, E-08140 Caldes de Montbui, Spain
Interests: microbiology; environment; soil; molecular Biology; energy; sustainability Agricultural
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Prof. Peter Stütz
Guest Editor
Aerospace Engineering Department, University of the Bundeswehr Munich, 85577 Neubiberg, Germany
Interests: unmanned aerial vehicles; remote sensing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Although agriculture has evolved enormously in the past several decades, increasing production and productivity to unprecedented levels, it still faces challenges due to increasing demands for food, the degradation of physical environments (i.e., pollution, contamination of soils and waters), climate change, pests and diseases, etc.

Agriculture has been evolving mainly due to technological advancements in the field. Modern agricultural management embraces intensive and extensive information from Earth observations, sophisticated machinery, and high-precision field sensors. The quantity and quality of the available information have improved agricultural productivity and quality substantially in the past decade, enabling precision agriculture.

Until recently, Earth observations originated from satellite systems. However, information was generally available in low resolution, at not very frequent intervals (and definitely not on demand), and was error-prone (e.g., from the presence of clouds or storms).

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can help to solve these problems, providing high-resolution aerial observations of the field on demand, allowing farmers to take more informed decisions in real-time. In combination with advanced computer vison (CV) techniques such as machine learning and deep learning (DL), UAVs and aerial photography enable a wide variety of applications related to classification and/or prediction in agricultural fields.

To better understand the challenges and opportunities in integrating UAVs with existing smart farming systems, this Special Issue invites contributions on:

  1. Innovative applications of UAVs in agriculture;
  2. Advanced CV-based models and applications for agriculture originating from UAVs;
  3. Integration of UAVs with existing farming systems, such as modern machinery and Internet of Things sensors;
  4. Use of multispectral/hyperspectral imaging from UAVs for tackling agricultural challenges;
  5. Use of UAVs/DL for solving agriculture-related problems such as monitoring of crop growth and health, identifying pests and diseases, mapping and predicting yields, monitoring livestock in real-time etc.;
  6. Swarms of UAVs for addressing agricultural challenges more efficiently (i.e., in space, time, and energy);
  7. Use of UAVs/DL to understand the environmental impact of agriculture on sustainability.

Dr. Andreas Kamilaris
Dr. Francesc Xavier Prenafeta-Boldú
Prof. Peter Stütz
Guest Editors

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. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • deep learning
  • unmanned aerial vehicles
  • remote sensing
  • computer vision
  • precision agriculture
  • smart farming
  • multispectral imagery
  • hyperspectral imagery
  • crop growth and health
  • pest and diseases
  • yield mapping and prediction
  • livestock monitoring
  • environmental impact

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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