Fusing knowledge with tech for future
JUST a century after widespread use of the horse-drawn plough, agricultural technology has advanced to having artificial intelligence within its grasp.
The University of Southern Queensland hosted a special workshop on emerging concepts in agricultural technologies this week.
The Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning in Agriculture event, organised by the Queensland Division of the Ag Institute Australia, presented new technologies from leaders in the field, and discussed impacts on farming and food production.
USQ’s National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture director, Professor Craig Baillie, led a panel of industry practitioners who are actively using future farming technologies in a journey towards a “brave new world” of agriculture.
“With so many technology solutions, the trick is to hone in on ‘what is the problem now?’ – coupling knowledge with new tech provides endless possibilities,” Professor Baillie said.
“However, where there is a suggestion that farming can be solved via a mathematical equation, reality will fall short. We must embrace the old and the new.”
The event also featured presentations by finalists for the AIA National Student Award, the AIA AGM, and a talk from USQ Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences executive dean, Professor Glen Coleman, on USQ agricultural initiatives.
“Successful farming and food production will depend heavily on a host of new technologies that will provide insights from data,” Professor Baillie said.
“While there is primary interest in artificial intelligence, big data and machine learning, other technology concepts come into play such as sensor systems, as well as automation and robotics. It’s unlikely that a single technology will define the future of agriculture.”
AG TECH: The USQ event explored new farm technologies.