The Asia-Pacific Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture (AFITA) brings to the world a forum to consolidate ideas, research, innovations, inventions and the vigor to transform the agricultural revolution with ingenuity. AFITA conducts conferences dedicated to the future use of ICTs in the agri-food and related sectors. International Network for Information Technology in Agriculture (INFITA), an internationally-acclaimed collaborative effort among agricultural information technology associations, organizes World Congress on Computers in Agriculture (WCCA). In October 2018, AFITA is going to be co-located with WCCA (AFITA/WCCA2018). This collaborative scientific program aims to coalesce the 'Research Frontiers in Precision Agriculture' for sharing the recent advances in ICT, IoT, sensor networks, image processing, robotics, machine learning, big data analytics, etc. in agricultural applications, precision agriculture in particular. The research contributions through presentations, posters, workshops etc. would focus at supporting the development and implementation of these frontier technologies for a competitive, sustainable and environment-friendly agriculture.
Indian Society of Agricultural Information Technology (INSAIT) is an established Indian body, launched in 2000, to mobilize farmers, scientists/academicians/researchers, institutions and organisations for encouraging and promoting all aspects of agricultural IT. The INSAIT would be grateful to organize AFITA/WCCA2018 conference. The conference will be hosted by IIT Bombay (as part of IITB Diamond Jubilee celebration), which is one of the premier institutions in India that offers a wide variety of courses of study in engineering, pure sciences, design, management and humanities with a primary focus on engineering. The Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering (CSRE) is the apex unit of IIT Bombay, working in the frontier area of Geo-informatics and Natural Resources Engineering with modern technologies including geospatial and multi-mode sensing platforms. In terms of research in the agricultural domain, the Agro-Informatics lab of the CSRE is hailed with significant contributions involving various (Information, Communication and Dissemination Technologies) ICDTs in agriculture.
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