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he agricultural sector is rapidly being trans-formed into an industry of major importance

Summary: T
he agricultural sector is rapidly being trans-
formed into an industry of major importance
that must rely heavily on computer-inte-
grated management and advanced control
systems. These technologies are becoming
essential components of the next generation
of plant and animal "factories" in the new millennium. Ef-
forts are being undertaken to survey the technological
landscape and recognize trends shaping this upcoming
application field.
Modern agribusiness is becoming increasingly reliant on
computer-based systems, automation, and robotics that are
taking over many of the tedious tasks formerly performed
by humans, with superior performance in most cases. To
manage the increasing complexity of agricultural systems,
increasingly sophisticated methodologies are required.
This has given rise to the promising field of precision agri-
culture, where the goal is to improve the efficiency of opera-
tion of agricultural enterprises, as well as the quality and


Source: Antsaklis, Panos - Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame


Collections: Engineering