Krishnan Parameswaran, Analog Devices, USA
Amartya Sengupta, IIT Delhi, India
Joachim Sacher, Sacher Lasertechnik, Germany
Gombojav Ariunbold, Mississippi State Univ., USA
The United Nations projects the world population to exceed 9 billion by 2050, while changes in weather patterns and soil quality make food production increasingly challenging, particularly in resource-limited environments. Precision agriculture is increasingly relying on advanced technologies including data mining, sensor fusion, and robotics to improve yield and reduce waste. Optical techniques are ideally suited to non-invasive monitoring of many parameters of interest food production, including plant health, soil quality, nutrient absorption, and product freshness. A growing field of “Agri-Photonics” is enabling farmers, food manufacturers, and consumers to reduce cost and improve the quality of food production. The high sensitivity and selectivity of optical techniques like spectroscopy (infrared, Raman, THz) and imaging (visible, infrared, hyperspectral) make them versatile tools for measuring crop health, soil quality, and food freshness. This symposium will convene participants using optical techniques in all levels of food production, including fundamental researchers, instrumentation vendors, and industrial food producers to discuss how optical techniques are being used to reduce costs, improve yields and reduce waste in worldwide agriculture.