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INESC TEC participates in the Brazilian Congress of Agri-Informatics

INESC TEC and INESC P&D Brasil participated in the 11th edition of the Brazilian Congress of Agri-Informatics (SBIAgro 2017), which took place at the Convention Centre and Lake House of UNICAMP, in Brazil, between the 2nd and 6th of October.

Focusing on the theme "Data Science in the Age of Digital Farming", this Congress is promoted by the Brazilian Association of Agri-Informatics, which was established in 1996, with the goal of gathering groups working in agricultural informatics and assisting in their growth, discussing current themes regarding the application of new technologies in agriculture and the integration between the market and academia.

Within the scope of the work developed by INESC TEC in the agri-environmental and food sectors, which is manifested in the TEC4AgroFood initiative, the congress was attended by André Sá, of SAPE - Industry Partnership Service; Filipe Neves dos Santos, of the Centre for Robotics in Industry and Intelligent Systems (CRIIS), with an intervention related with projects RoMoVi - Modular and Cooperative Robot for Hillside Vineyards, Water4Ever - Optimising water use in agriculture to preserve soil and water resources, and Slopebot - Autonomous precision spraying for high-value crops in rough outdoor terrain; and Alípio Jorge, coordinator of the Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support (LIAAD), which was part of a panel about Big Data and the IoT. LIAAD is currently involved in project SmartFarming - advanced tool for operationalisation of precision agriculture.

This edition was organised by Embrapa Informática Agropecuária, the Centre of Meteorological and Climatic Research applied to Agriculture (Cepagri/Unicamp), the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering (Feagri/Unicamp) and the Institute of Computing (IC/Unicamp).

The event had round-table discussions, panels, lectures and presentations of scientific works, as well as a forum to establish connections with companies and a call for the development of mobile applications for agriculture.

The researchers mentioned in this news piece are associated with INESC TEC and UP-FCUP.