AGRINETS 2015 | Comsnets 2015
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JANUARY 6 - 10

Vidhana Soudha by Ranganath Krishnamani


Workshop Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 (Click to view schedule)

Accepted papers have been announced. Click here to see the list.

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Workshop on Networks and Systems for Agriculture

The use of information level intelligence to complement innovation in the agricultural domain is inhibited by the non-existence of a closed-loop informatics solution that allows information gathering, processing and analyzing, decision making, observing consequences, and feeding back for forecasting. To manage precision agriculture over a wide area one needs to develop and deploy robust convergent platforms to process information, fuse, summarize, reason, learn, predict, and deliver actionable intelligence in a timely fashion. The informatics-based intelligence enabled by such platforms can fundamentally transform agricultural practices that can lead to higher yield, more efficient utilization of natural resources, prevention of unforeseen calamities, and crop quality improvement. A robust convergent platform for closed loop acquisition of ground data enables performing analytics and inference to create timely actionable intelligence that can be delivered to field workers, agro-researchers, and farmers through a "knowledge network".

This workshop brings together experts in sensor networking, communication, analytics, bigdata, and inference, software engineering, agricultural economics, and remote sensing to discuss this problem, and present the state-of-the-art in the use of informatics-based solutions for accelerating innovation in agriculture and inspire social entrepreneurship in this domain.

The key questions that the workshop will focus on are:


Topics of Interest:

  1. Sensor Networks
  2. Disadvantaged Networks
  3. Combining remote sensing with networks
  4. Distributed learning and inference
  5. GPRS and other technologies
  6. Mobile systems
  7. Cyberphysical Systems
  8. Farmer education in rural areas
  9. Content Delivery
  10. Deployment and case studies

Important Deadlines

Paper Submission 4th November 2014 15th November 2014
Deadline for Notification 16th November 2014
Final Version Due 23rd November 2014
Workshop Date 6th January 2015

Workshop Schedule

Time Sessions
09:00 AM - 09:15 AM Introduction by Program Chairs
09:15 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote talk by Dr. Ramakrishna Nemani (Director, Ecological Forecasting Laboratory, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, CA)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Invited talk by Sangram Ganguly (Bay Area Environmental Research Institute and NASA Ames Research Center)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Tea break
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  1. Design and Development of Wearable Sensor Textile for Precision Agriculture
    Prashant Patil, Jabal Raval, Bhushan Jagyasi, Nilima Warke and Prakash Vaidya
  2. Development of Guided SMS Solution in Local Languages for Demand-driven Access of Agricultural Information
    Basant Jha, Sudhir Jha, Ritesh Mukherjee and Debdulal Basak
  3. ICT Platform for Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture
    Dineshkumar Singh, Divya Piplani, Karthik Srinivasan, Siddhesh Nar, Rahul Sharma and Aditya Tiwari
  4. Development of Affordable ICT Solutions for Water Conservation in Agriculture
    Ammar Adil, Venkataramana Badarla, Anand Krishnan Plappally, Ravi Bhandari and Poonam Chand Sankhla
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Keynote Talk by Dr. Patil
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Invited talk by Inbal Becker-Reshef (University of Maryland, USA)
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Invited Talk by Charles Malveaux (Louisiana State University, USA)
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Tea Break
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  1. Agro Advisory System for Cotton Crop
    Sanjay Chaudhary, Minal Bhise, Asim Banerjee, Aakash Goyal and Chetan Moradiya
  2. Innovation for Crop Quality Certification using ICT
    Sonali Kulkarni, Tushar Hanwate, Ankush Sawarkar, Dineshkumar Singh, Sanjay Kimbahune and Arun Pande
5:30 PM Closing

Submission Guidelines

AGRINETS 2015 solicits paper submissions of up to 6 pages in length, including all figures, tables, and references. All papers must be electronically submitted via the submission site on EasyChair in PDF. The proceedings will be published by IEEE Xplore and will include the final papers of up to 6 pages in length. All technical papers must be associated with an author registration at the full rate. For authors presenting multiple papers, one full registration is valid for up to three papers. IEEE reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the workshop (e.g., removal from IEEE Xplore) if the paper is not presented at the workshop.

Overall appearance: Submitted papers should adhere to the appearance of the standard IEEE twocolumn format that is used for IEEE Transactions.

Margins: Papers must use a 10pt font on US Letter paper with margins no smaller than 0.75in for the top margin, 1.0in for the bottom margin, and 0.625in for side margins.

Templates: Depending on whether you are using LaTeX or Microsoft Word for formatting your paper, you can download the relevant templates that incorporate the formatting specifications at

Paper Submission

Full papers must be submitted using the EasyChair submission system. If you don't have an EasyChair account, the link will allow you to create one.

After submitting your paper you will receive an automated reply from EasyChair. Some email systems may filter this email as spam - it is very important that you check if this is happening, and rectify it. Subsequent emails about your submission will be sent via EasyChair, and it is important that you receive them. Please direct any questions to the Workshop Co-Chairs.

To submit a paper for the AGRINETS 2015 Workshop, please use the following link:

Note: All Workshop papers (full papers - both regular and invited) WILL appear in IEEE Xplore.

Keynote Speaker

Ramakrishna Nemani

Director, Ecological Forecasting Laboratory
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, CA


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Invited Speakers

Charles Malveaux

Louisiana State University, USA

Drones in Agriculture

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Using Drones in Agriculture: Unmanned Aerial Systems for Agricultural Remote Sensing Applications

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Vertical and short-field takeoff and landing capable unmanned aerial vehicles commonly referred to as drones can be equipped to carry various agricultural and environmental sensors ranging from active NDVI crop sensors to full spectrum and near infrared cameras. Drones are able to survey large areas of land without the inherent safety risks and high costs involved with the use of much larger manned aircraft, and the use of these UAV Systems can provide real time imagery and sensor data from farm field areas which cannot be quickly accessed on foot or by vehicle. Where dense and or very tall rows of crops are in place it is difficult to quickly access centrally located crops on foot or by land vehicle without damaging some crops in the process, but these areas can be safely and rapidly over flown by light weight drone aircraft with no damage to crops.

Precision agriculture requires real time data and the ability of UAV's to fly over crops and quickly gather crop management data makes them a solution to this need. Advancements in guidance systems, batteries, and control systems have made these drones both plausible and practical and the researcher's field results at local research areas have proven that they can be used effectively. These field results hold great promise for precision agricultural research as well as broader environmental and coastal preservation efforts.

Sangram Ganguly

Bay Area Environmental Research Institute and NASA Ames Research Center
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Ranga Myneni

Boston University, USA
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Inbal Becker-Reshef

University of Maryland, USA
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Workshop Co-Chairs

Supratik Mukhopadyay


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P. Krishna Reddy

ITRA, DEITY, GoI, India & IIIT Hyderabad

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Technical Program Committee

Name Affiliation Country
Sangram Ganguly Bay Area Environmental Research Center and NASA Ames Research Center USA
Chris Justice University of Maryland, College Park USA
Konstantin Busch Louisiana State University USA
Hsiao-Chun Wu Louisiana State University USA
Kaliappa Ravindran City University of New York, City College USA
Prabir Bhattacharya University of Cincinnati USA
Traci Ruthkoski Amazon Science Team and AWS USA
Ranga Myneni Boston University USA
Wojciech Golab University of Waterloo Canada
Mehmet Orgun Macquarie University Australia
Rajan Shankaran Macquarie University Australia
Gokarna Sharma Louisiana State University USA
Bhushan Gurmukhdas Jagyasi TCS Innovation Labs, Mumbai India
J. Adinarayana IIT Bombay India
P.Krishna Reddy Ministry of Communication & IT, Govt. of India and IIIT Hyderabad, India India
Venkata Ramana Badarla IIT Jodhpur India
K.S. Rajan IIIT Hyderabad India
Ramachandra Prasad IIIT Hyderabad India
N. Hanumantha Rao NAARM India
D. Rama Rao NAARM India
S. Naresh Kumar IARI India