As the world population increases, food demands continue with it. This puts the challenge to feed the world in a continuously rising priority position, which requires to be timely and properly addressed. Precision agriculture (PA) a concept being around for decades with the potential to address this challenge by maximizing agricultural efficiency and effectiveness, hasn’t yet seen worldwide adoption due to missing enabling technologies. Soil sensing technologies able to monitor soil fertility/quality can close the loop in maintaining optimum soil conditions for maximizing crop yield and quality through the implementation of agricultural Automated Decision-Making Systems (ADMS). This session provides an overview of the existing soil sensing technologies towards the implementation of ADMS and highlights the major challenges in the development of such systems. The session further gives an insight on how different technologies could be combined to form sophisticated systems for agricultural applications.
Marios Sophocleous is a Research Fellow at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of the University of Cyprus. He received his MEng in Mechanical Engineering/Mechatronics and his Ph.D. in Thick-Film soil sensors for soil quality monitoring from the University of Southampton, UK in 2011 and 2016 respectively. He received the Jim Graham Prize for the best experimental project of the year for his individual project work on solid-state reference electrodes whilst his 4th year project was on the design and simulation using FEA of a heat exchanger for a helium liquefaction unit receiving a Ph.D. scholarship from the University of Southampton. During the last year of his Ph.D., Marios worked as a patent analyst guiding large companies in new research directions through systematic innovation techniques. Since the completion of his Ph.D., he has been working at the University of Cyprus as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in soil quality monitoring sensors setting up the first Thick-Film fabrication unit in the country, acquiring more than €200,000 funding in total. Marios has already published more than 15 journal publications in high-impact journals and more than 15 conference papers and has an h-index and i-10 index of 10. He has been nominated for the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement “Outstanding Young Engineering 2019” award and he is one of the finalists for the Cypriot “Young Scientist 2020” award. Marios has been a member of multiple conference organizing committees and he is now the Track Chair of “Chemical, Electrochemical and Gas Sensors” Track at IEEE Sensors 2020 Conference as well as the co-Chair of “Sensors and Sensors Systems for AgriFood and Connected Farming” focused session. Furthermore, he is the Lead Guest Editor of the “Sensors Tutorials: A Vigorous Dive to the Vast Sea of Sensor-Related Knowledge” Special Issue in IEEE Sensors Journal.