The topics for the EFITA 2017 conference are detailed below within topic groups.

Topic group “ICT for farming”:

This topic group was about design of computer tools for farming, models of farming activity, scientific computing applied to crop management, precision agriculture, expert systems. It includes topics such as

  • ICT applications for agriculture and sustainability
  • ICT applications for precision farming and knowledge intensive agriculture
  • Decision Support Systems for Agriculture

Topic group “The web, the field, the farm, the business”:

This topic group was about web technologies and networking of actors all along the value chain of agriculture. It includes topics such as

  • On line farm services
  • Web applications (clients, devices, server-side)
  • Cloud computing applications
  • Social Networking, collaborative tools and crowdsourcing
  • Tools for e-agribusiness

Topic group “Remote sensing and planning”:

This topic group was about remote sensing, GIS technologies and spatial management of resources. It includes topics such as

  • Remote Sensing and GIS applications
  • Planning tools
  • Environmental information systems and Environmental management systems
  • ICT applications for natural resources management, including forestry
  • ICT applications for sustainable biomass production and use

Topic group “Sensing, robotics and electronics for agriculture”:

This topic group was about signal processing, sensing technologies, automation and control sciences, and embedded computing, for agriculture. It includes topics such as

  • Sensing – Image Processing
  • Robotics in Agriculture and machine embedded ICT tools
  • Internet of Things (IoT) in the field and in the supply chain
  • Wireless sensor networks

Topic group “Simulation and models for agriculture”:

This topic group was about agronomy and ICT, with a focus on modeling for simulation, prediction, crop management, design of ICT-intensive farming systems. It includes topics such as

  • Modeling and Simulation for agricultural production and farming systems
  • Weather prediction models for sustainable agricultural production
  • Multi-Agent systems

Topic group “The food chain and agricultural ICT policies”:

This topic group was about economical and business implications of ICT in agriculture, as well as about the design of ICT tools that meet organizational needs. It includes topics such as

  • ICT applications for food chain and logistics
  • Traceability tools
  • ICT and business
  • Rural economies and ICT policies for rural development (northern and southern countries)

Topic group “Semantic interoperability and Knowledge Management”:

This topic group was related to Information System design for agriculture and natural resources management, with a focus on interoperability, semantics and knowledge management. It includes topics such as

  • Metadata and data standards in agriculture
  • Thesaurus management, Knowledge management
  • Ontologies for agriculture
  • Knowledge bases and Knowledge repository services
  • Web of Data, Linked Open Data

Topic group “Big data, analytics and visualization”:

This topic group was related to Information Systems and algorithmics for agriculture and natural resources management, with focus on data mining, data warehousing, visualisation, knowledge extraction, big data management. It includes topics such as

  • Big data and data mining for agricultural information systems
  • Data visualisation
  • Management of data and knowledge, incl. case studies (for example in extension and advice services)