Special sessions have the main aim of creating a mini-workshop on a specific topic, where researchers working on the same argument can make knowledge, familiarize, exchange ideas, create cooperation.
Special Sessions are being developed by designated chairs.

If you, as an author, have a paper that could be included in one of these sessions, you may submit an extended abstract selecting your favourite session. If the abstract is not selected for the session, it may be included in another part of the technical program.

To submit extended abstracts to the special session, follow the submission instructions for regular sessions, but remind to specify the special session to which the paper is directed.

List of Special Sessions

  1. Special Session #1: Precision management of horticultural crops

    Organized by: Manuela Zude-Sasse, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy, Germany, Lav Khot, Washington State University, USA, Luigi Manfrini, Gianmarco Bortolotti, University of Bologna, Italy

  2. Special Session #2: Digital technologies and sustainable agriculture: meeting users' and societal needs

    Organized by: Gianluca Brunori, University of Pisa, Italy, Manlio Bacco, CNR-ISTI, Italy, Spyros Fountas, University of Athens, Greece, Milos Ulman, University of Prague, Czech Republic, Alessio Ferrari, CNR-ISTI, Italy, Francesco Marinello, University of Padova, Italy, Jorge Antonio Sánchez Molina, University of Almería, Spain

  3. Special Session #3: Advances in Plant Phenotyping in Agriculture

    Organized by: Giuseppe Montanaro, University of Basilicata, Italy, Francesco Cellini, Metapontum Agrobios Research Center - ALSIA, Italy, Francesco Loreto, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

  4. Special Session #4: Technologies and Strategies for Sustainable Livestock Farming

    Organized by: Giuseppe Conte, Alberto Mantino, University of Pisa, Italy, Andrea Pezzuolo, University of Padova,Italy, Alberto Barbaresi, Marco Bovo, University of Bologna, Italy, Hao Guo, China Agricultural University, China, Alexey Ruchay, Chelyabinsk State University, Russia

  5. Special Session #5: Artificial Intelligence, innovative data analysis and big data for agriculture and food applications

    Organized by: Marco Sozzi, University of Padova, Italy, Cristina Nuzzi, University of Brescia,Italy, Riccardo Dainelli, Institute of BioEconomy - National Research Council, Italy, Maciej Zaborowicz, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland

  6. Special Session #6: Sensors and digital technologies for mapping and monitoring soil

    Organized by: Simone Priori, University of Tuscia, Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, Roberto Barbetti, CREA - Research Centre for Forestry and Wood, Romina Lorenzetti, CNR-IBE, Manuel Pulido Fernández, Universidad de Extremadura, Ulrike Werban, UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

  7. Special Session #7: Measurements in olive for precision orchard management

    Organized by: Enrico Maria Lodolini, CREA - Centro di Ricerca Olivicoltura, Frutticoltura e Agrumicoltura, Davide Neri, Università Politecnica delle Marche, José Enrique Fernández, Institute for natural resources and agrobiology (IRNAS, CSIC), Spain, Francesco Paolo Marra, University of Palermo, Italy

  8. Special Session #8: Measurements and modelling of mass and energy fluxes in agricultural and forest ecosystems

    Organized by: Damiano Zanotelli, Free Universtity of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy, Nadia Vendrame, University of Trento, Italy, Alvaro Lopez-Barnal, University of Córdoba, Spain, Marco Moriondo, Institute of Bioeconomy, National Research Council, Italy, Omar García Tejera, University of La Laguna, Spain, Francesco Reyes, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

  9. Special Session #9: Smart Agriculture beyond 5G

    Organized by: Stefano Giordano, University of Pisa, Italy, Davide Adami, CNIT, Italy

  10. Special Session #10: Sensing and Data Platforms: what is ahead of us

    Organized by: Manlio Bacco, Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI), CNR, Italy, Cristina M. Pinotti, Federico Corò, University of Perugia, Italy, Lars Wolf, TU Braunschweig, Germany, Paolo Mazzetti, Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research - National Research Council, Italy, Cristina Domingo-Marimon, CREAF, Spain

  11. Special Session #11: Robotics for Agro-Forestry and Landscape Applications

    Organized by: Marco Fontanelli, University of Pisa, Italy, Dario Mengoli, University of Bologna, Italy, Gabriele Costante, University of Perugia, Italy, Mino Sportelli, University of Pisa, Italy, Manuel Pérez-Ruiz, University of Sevilla, Spain

  12. Special Session #12: Vision Systems for Agri&Food Applications based on Embedded Processing

    Organized by: Cristina Nuzzi, Simone Pasinetti, University of Brescia, Italy, Eduard Gregorio López, University of Lleida, Spain

  13. Special Session #13: Optical sensors in Plant Pathology

    Organized by: Lorenzo Cotrozzi, University of Pisa, Italy, Sergio Cogliati, University of University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, John J Couture, Purdue University, IN USA, René HJ Heim, University of Goettingen, Germany, Catello Pane, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Italy

  14. Special Session #14: Advances in Agro-Hydrological Sensing and Modelling for Precision Irrigation

    Organized by: Giovanni Rallo, University of Pisa, Italy, John S. Selker, Oregon State University, US, Àngela Puig-Sirera, University of Pisa, Italy, Juan Miguel Ramírez-Cuesta, Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación (CIDE-CSIC), Spain

  15. Special Session #15: Bioinspired Engineering, Soft Robotics and Bio-hybrid Technologies as new Frontiers in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Management

    Organized by: Emanuela Del Dottore, Bioinspired Soft Robotics Laboratory, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy, Donato Romano, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy, Thomas Schmickl, Martin Stefanec, University of Graz, Institute of Biology, Department of Zoology, Austria

  16. Special Session #16: Smart Systems for Operational Forest Monitoring, Automation and Analysis

    Organized by: Alessio Giovannelli, National Research Council - IRET, Italy, Claudia Cocozza, University of Florence, Italy, Giovanni Carabin, Stefan Leitner, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, Flor Álvarez-Taboada, Universidad de León, Spain

  17. Special Session #17: Earth Observation for agricultural water management under scarcity conditions in the Mediterranean area

    Organized by: Giulio Castelli, Elena Bresci, Anna Dalla Marta, University of Florence, Italy, Filiberto Altobelli, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Italy, Guido D'Urso, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

  18. Special Session #18: Measurements in soil hydrological processes and properties

    Organized by: Vincenzo Alagna, University of Palermo, Italy, Simone Di Prima, University of Basilicata, Italy, Leonor Rodriguez Sinobas, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain, Deniz Yilmaz, Munzur University, Turkey, Dario Autovino, Massimo Iovino, University of Palermo, Italy

  19. Special Session #19: Advances on new sensors and models for more sustainable protected cultivations

    Organized by: Luca Incrocci, University of Pisa, Italy, Sonia Cacini, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), Italy, Vito Cerasola, University of Bologna, Italy, Ming Li, China National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture, China

  20. Special Session #20: Metrology to support smart agricultural specialisations for monitoring and controlling pollutants in production environments

    Organized by: Fabrizio Mazzetto, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, Luigi Sartori, University of Padova, Italy, Rino Gubiani, University of Udine, Italy, Simone Pascuzzi, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy, Lorenzo Becce, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Special Session Proposal

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