Plenary Session - Past, Present, and Future of Precision Agriculture and our Professional Society
Past, Present, and Future of Precision Agriculture and our Professional Society
Panel Discussion - The Aspirations of the ISPA
Originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, Dr. Adamchuk obtained a mechanical engineering degree from the National Agricultural University of Ukraine (currently National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine), located in his hometown. Later, he received both MS and PhD degrees in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University (USA). In 2000, Dr. Adamchuk began his academic career as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA). Ten years later, he assumed his current position in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University (Canada), while retaining his adjunct status at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the Bioresource Engineering Department. In addition, he is Canada’s representative to the International Society of Precision Agriculture. Dr. Adamchuk leads a Precision Agriculture and Sensor Systems (PASS) research team that focuses on developing and deploying soil and plant sensing technologies to enhance the economic and environmental benefits of precision agriculture. His team has designed and evaluated a fleet of proximal sensor systems capable of measuring physical, chemical and biological attributes directly in a field. Most sensors produce geo-referenced data to quantify spatial soil/plant heterogeneity, which may be used to prescribe differentiated treatments according to local needs. Through studies on sensor fusion and data clustering, he investigated the challenges faced by early adopters of precision agriculture. Through his outreach activities, Dr. Adamchuk has taught multiple programs dedicated to a systems approach in adopting smart farming technologies around the world.
Dr. Yafit Cohen is a senior research scientist at the Institute of Agricultural Engineering at ARO since 2003. She is an adjunct faculty at the Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University, and teaches GIS with focus on precision agriculture.
Kwame Agyei Frimpong
Cape Coast University, Ghana, President of the AAPA
Dr. Kwame Agyei Frimpong is the Vice Dean for the School of Agriculture at the University of Cape Coast (UCC). He is also Chief Examiner for Integrated Soil Fertility management for the College of Distance Education, UCC and has taught several undergraduate and Postgraduate courses including Integrated Soil Fertility Management, Soil Ecology, Environmental Soil Chemistry and Land Evaluation. He is the Principal/ Co-Investigator of 4 Internationally funded collaborative research projects, Principal/ Co-Supervisior for 10 PhD students, 3 Masters degree students and 5 undergraduate students at UCC and Co-Supervisor for a PhD student on the WASCAL Project. Dr. Frimpong is also a member of the Board of the School of Postgraduate studies, the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences' committee for Internally Generated Funds and the University of Cape Coast Board for Publication.
Dr. Frimpong has made many accomplishments for his work in agriculture including the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) Outreach Fellowship Award 2020 for Best evolving Researcher, the University of Cape Coast's award for 2nd Best Evolved Researcher for 2018, and AWARD Leadership Program for Agricultural Research and Development (LEPARD) in 2016.
Dr. Frimpong's work as an Associate Professor provided professional experience in research, outreach and undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching and supervision in Soil Science, Land Use and Environmental Science, facilitating and leading collaborative research. He also has experience working with government, private sector and non-governmental organizations doing training and other engagements and has done Module writing and developed guidelines and training materials.
He earned his PhD in Plant and Soil studies from University of Aberdeen in 2011. Dr. Frimpong also has his Masters of Science degree in Physical Land Resources from Ghent University in Belgium and his Bachelor's of Science degree in Agriculture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology.
Kansas State University
Prof. Raj Khosla is the Head of Agronomy Department at Kansas State University and is a globally recognized authority on Precision Agriculture. He has been engaged in precision agriculture since inception and has made significant contributions in the development and spread of Precision Agriculture worldwide. He is the Founder and Past-President of the International Society of Precision Agriculture. Most recently, he served as the member of National Academy of Science Executive Committee on Science Breakthrough 2030. In 2012, Dr. Khosla was named the Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and was appointed as the Senior Science Advisor on Food Security to the U.S. Department of State. In 2011, he was inducted by NASA to the US “Presidential Advisory Board on Positioning, Navigation and Timing” to work on the US space-based GPS policy.
Prof. Khosla’s research specializes in harnessing spatial and temporal heterogeneity in managed agro-ecosystems and translating those into better decision models. His group has extensively used remote sensing and other geo-spatial tools to enhance production, resource use efficiency, profitability, and sustainability of managed agro-ecosystems. He has co-authored over 100 publications (book chapters, refereed journal articles, and others) and has been invited globally to over 30 countries.
Prof. Khosla is the Fellow of American Society of Agronomy; Fellow of Soil Science Society of America; Fellow of Soil and Water Conservation Society and Honorary Life Fellow of International Society of Precision Agriculture.