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Artificial intelligence and food security: swarm intelligence of AgriTech drones for smart AgriFood operations

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posted on 20.07.2020 by Konstantina Spanaki, Erisa Karafili, Uthayasankar Sivarajah, Stella Despoudi, Zahir Irani
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present the emerging need to explore new ways of AgriFood production and food security as ultimate targets for feeding future generations. The study adopts a Design Science methodology and proposes Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques as a solution to food security problems. Specifically, the proposed artefact presents the collective use of Agricultural Technology (AgriTech) drones inspired by the biomimetic ways of bird swarms. The design (artefact) appears here as a solution for supporting farming operations in inaccessible land, so as unmanned aerial devices contribute and improve the productivity of farming areas with limited capacity. The proposed design is developed through a scenario of drone swarms applying AI techniques to address food security issues. The study concludes by presenting a research agenda and the sectoral challenges triggered by the applications of AI in Agriculture.

Funding

European Union's H2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant (agreement No. 746667).

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Production Planning & Control

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Production Planning & Control on [date of publication], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/[Article DOI].

Acceptance date

18/07/2020

ISSN

0953-7287

eISSN

1366-5871

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Konstantina Spanaki. Deposit date: 18 July 2020

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