Convergence

Overview

The IoT4Ag team unites a convergence of expertise in agronomy, agricultural engineering and economics, and environmental science and in the science and engineering of physical and cyber-physical systems.  The Center is structured into three thrusts that vertically integrate fundamental knowledge and technology from different disciplines and that are horizontally integrated to achieve next-generation engineered systems for agriculture. 

Thrust 1
Agricultural
Sensor
Systems

Thrust 1: Agricultural Sensor Systems will design and manufacture resilient, networked, intelligent sensor-robotic systems that monitor the state of plant and soil health over extended areas. Thrust 1 will address fundamental scientific questions to uncover how the complex system of abiotic and biotic variables affect crop yield and resilience, and with this knowledge design technologies and systems that will be deployed with the spatial, temporal, and compositional resolution needed to capture the state of the field. 

Thrust 2
Communication
and Energy
Systems

Thrust 2: Communication and Energy Systems will enable advanced approaches for powering IoT devices and robots in the field and for data communication from heterogeneous platforms of sensors, robots, and farming equipment. Thrust 2 will establish the knowledge and technologies specifically needed in agriculture, from powering devices and communicating from below the soil surface to deploying technologies at field scales. 

Thrust 3
Agricultural
Response Systems

Thrust 3: Agricultural Response Systems will create and deploy smart response systems that are driven by machine learning and decision-based models for precision agriculture. Thrust 3 will create techniques to manage uncertainty and fuse the spatially, temporally, and compositionally heterogeneous data from the field to collect not just more, but better data. The Thrust will build models, constrained by the biophysics of plants in agricultural fields, to establish a decision-Ag interface for growers to intelligently manage their fields in a cost-effective manner.

Testbeds

IoT4Ag technologies will be evaluated in two Testbeds: 
1) University of Florida’s Research & Education Center – Integrated Systems for Precision Farming of Tree Crops — and 2) Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE) – Integrated Systems for Precision Farming of Row Crops. These testbeds will be used to assess and demonstrate IoT4Ag solutions in the different agricultural environments of orchards and row crops.