Frontiers in Imaging: Food and Agriculture 2020

Workshop Keywords: Image processing, computer vision, and remote sensing in food and agriculture systems: Farm, Livestock, Production, Restaurant; addressing Climate Change, Environment, Quality Monitoring, Surveillance.

WFA 2020 Call for Papers PDF

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Speaker: Dr. Jan van Aardt, Professor, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States) Jan van Aardt

Jan van Aardt obtained a B.Sc. Forestry degree (biometry and silviculture specialization) from the University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa in 1996. He completed M.S. and Ph.D. Forestry degrees, focused on remote sensing (imaging spectroscopy and light detection and ranging), at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia in 2000 and 2004, respectively. This was followed by post-doctoral work at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and a stint as research group leader at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa. Imaging spectroscopy and structural (lidar) sensing of natural resources form the core of his efforts, which vary between vegetation structural and system state (physiology) assessment. He has received funding from NSF, NASA, Google, and USDA, among others, and has published >70 peer-reviewed papers and >90 conference contributions. Jan is currently a professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.

Dr. van Aardt will speak on, "Managing crops across spatial and temporal scales - the roles of UAS and satellite remote sensing."

Kevin Lang
Speaker: Kevin Lang, General Manager, PrecisionHawk (United States)

Kevin Lang is General Manager of PrecisionHawk’s Agriculture business (Raleigh, North Carolina). PrecisionHawk is a commercial drone and data company that uses aerial mapping, modeling, and agronomy platform specifically designed for precision agriculture. Mr. Lang advises clients on how to capture value from aerial data collection, artificial intelligence and advanced analytics in addition to delivering implementation programs. Mr. Lang holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

Kevin Lang will speak on, "Practical applications and trends for UAV remote sensing in agriculture."

Workshop Hot Topics

Submissions that address image processing, computer vision, and remote sensing in food and agriculture systems are welcome:

  • Climate change impact detection, monitoring
  • Precision agriculture
  • Plant segmentation and classification
  • Remote sensing and in-situ data fusion
  • Food quality assurance
  • Automation, robots, drones
  • Mobile apps and cloud computing
  • AR/VR in the food and beverage industry
  • Food waste management

Workshop Topics 

See the Overview tab and Topics tab above for details on technical content and solicited topics. Submissions within the scope of this technical content are welcome.

Ways to Submit

There are three options for submission; please read the descriptions carefully.

  1. Presentation at the workshop and publication in the workshop proceedings. This is the most common option, and if accepted may be assigned either an oral or interactive (poster) presentation. Submit a 500-word structured abstract with optional figures using the symposium template  
  2. Presentation-only. Oral presentation at the workshop, but no publication of work in the workshop proceedings. Submit a 500-word short abstract. This option allows for “late-breaking” news/results.  
  3. JIST-first. Expedited review and publication in the Journal of Imaging Science and Technology [SCI/EI-indexed] before the workshop, oral presentation at the workshop, and inclusion in the workshop proceedings. To meet the publication timeline, successful JIST-first submissions (journal paper, typically 10 or more pages) must require only minor revisions in response to peer-review. Those not meeting this stringent standard are automatically re-considered for presentation at the workshop and publication in the proceedings (option 1 above). Author instructions for journal submissions  

Final Manuscript Deadline

Manuscripts are submitted to the separate manuscript system via a custom link given to each accepted author. Final manuscripts (typically 4-6 pages) submitted in correct form by 25 November 2019 will be published online as of the opening day of EI 2020 via the Fast Track queue in the EI Digital Library. Manuscripts submitted or corrected after that date will be published online after EI 2020 in the complete workshop proceedings. All manuscripts are due, in corrected form, by 10 February 2020.

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Important Dates
Call for Papers Announced 1 April 2019
Journal-first Submissions Due 15 Jul 2019
Abstract Submission Site Opens 1 May 2019
Review Abstracts Due (refer to For Authors page
 · Early Decision Ends 15 Jul 2019
· Regular Submission Ends 30 Sept 2019
 Final Manuscript Deadlines  
 · Manuscripts for Fast Track 25 Nov 2019
 · All Manuscripts 10 Feb 2020
Registration Opens 28 Oct 2019
Early Registration Ends 20 Dec 2019
Hotel Reservation Deadline 6  Jan 2020
Conference Begins 26 Jan 2020

Workshop Chairs
Mustafa Jaber, NantOmics, LLC (United States), Grigorios Tsagkatakis, Institute of Computer Science, FORTH (Greece), and Mohammed Yousefhussien, General Electric Global Research (United States)