Queensland University of Technology collaboration will drive Smart & Precision Agriculture to all new heights.
Professor Prasad Yarlagadda, OAM, Professor in smart systems and Project Director: Airports of the Future, at the Engineering school, Queensland University of Technology and Dr Vishy Karri, Chairman and CEO of Expert 365, will collaborate in building advanced tools for horticulture farmers. These decision support systems for farmers will address the irrigation needs for specific crops using ‘periodic farmer experiential data’ from model farms along with performance matrices documented for various horticulture crops.
This multi-disciplinary program aims to “digitise farmer’s experience” over the years with a view to building best practice for horticulture produce. Dr Karri said that “improved control systems for precise quantitative water delivery, coupled with advanced AI algorithms which are then integrated with farmers’ irrigation best practice will address pressing farming issues and create a sustainable future for agriculture in Australia”.
“We will collectively build on our current knowledge, of both intrusive sensor fusion techniques along with satellite remote sensing, in addressing several crop information management systems. There is a substantial need, in both horticulture and broad acre farming, for these tools and we hope to collectively address commercialisation of these innovative tools”, Karri said.
Professor Yarlagadda, OAM, said that “it is a very good opportunity to work with industry like Expert 365 who are ranked in the top 25 of the most promising technology start-ups in the APAC region and there is a good synergy in our multi-disciplinary expertise with the offerings of Expert 365. I look forward to R&D collaboration that will result in on-site honours and postgraduate training with a large potential for external funding of our collaborative research projects”, Professor Yarlagadda, OAM, added.