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Opening of the New Digital Agriculture Lab in the Department of Food, Agriculture and Bioresources

02 Sep 2022
School of Environment, Resources and Development

1 September 2022 – The Department of Food, Agriculture and Bioresources (FAB) in the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) is pleased to announce the opening of the new Digital Agriculture Lab. This lab has been developed in the Agricultural Systems and Engineering Academic Program under the supervision of Dr. Sushil Kumar Himanshu. The lab provides all necessary equipment and basic facilities to students for their digital agriculture research activities, especially in remote sensing, big data, machine learning, and crop simulation modeling. The lab has high-end workstations, smart agricultural sensors, and meetings and video conferencing facilities. This lab will also help in conducting practical sessions for the ongoing courses, such as Precision Agriculture, Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS in Agriculture, and Smart Irrigation Systems, among others. This lab will provide facilities for training and extension activities in precision farming, agricultural mechanization, applications of agricultural drones and remote sensing technologies, climate-smart agriculture, and big data analysis.

The Digital Agriculture Lab will facilitate interdisciplinary research by combining advanced remote sensing with machine learning techniques and crop simulation modeling for agricultural applications. Prof. Avishek Datta (Head, Department of Food, Agriculture and Bioresources) informed that the purchasing of IoT agricultural sensors and agricultural drones is in the process, and they will be included in this lab in the coming days. Several studies related to agricultural applications, such as crop growth monitoring, crop damage/disease detection, soil mapping, crop yield modeling/forecasting, floods/droughts monitoring, and climate change impacts and adaptations, will be accomplished through this lab. The ongoing research activities in this digital lab could provide farmers with new tools and techniques to better manage resources, increase crop quality and quantity, and continue to be productive in a changing environment.

Details about the ongoing research/extension activities and facilities available in the digital agriculture lab can be found with the faculty in charge of the lab, Dr. Sushil Kumar Himanshu (Phone: 66-2524-5480; Email: sushil-kumar@ait.ac.th).

Details about the Agricultural Systems and Engineering (ASE) Program at AIT: https://ait.ac.th/program/agricultural-systems-and-engineering/.