Keynote Speakers

Keynote Lecture 1: AgEngScience4IMPACT: the compelling case of livestock emissions in the EU
Dr. Peter Demeyer

ILVO-Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Belgium, Editor-in-Chief, Biosystems Engineering

Short CV: Peter Demeyer is senior expert in Livestock Emission Risk Assessment (LERA). He is based in the Agricultural Engineering Department at the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in Merelbeke (Belgium). He holds a PhD in Bioscience Engineering from Ghent University. His current activities focus on the characterisation of livestock emissions and related reduction technologies, including methodological approaches integrating measuring, monitoring and modelling. He is PI and co-PI on collaborative National and International projects funded by the Flemish government and EU. He is member of several national and international scientific/technical committees (Flemish Scientific Team, Dutch RAV-TAP, VERA, EU ETV) and boards (VERA, CIGR Section II).

Keynote Lecture 2: Fruit-harvesting robots: How can we surpass current limitations?

Prof. Dr. Stavros Vougioukas

Professor and Vice Chair Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering University of California, Davis

Short CV: Stavros G. Vougioukas is a professor of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of California, Davis, where he serves as vice chair and undergraduate faculty advisor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Vougioukas works in the area of mechanization and automation of specialty crops, focusing on the design, development and testing of actuators, sensors and control systems for optimal management of inputs and products. He holds a Robotics and Automation PhD in electrical, computers and systems engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2012 he joined the biological and agricultural engineering department of UC Davis. He has published more than 140 journal and conference papers, most of them in agricultural robotics and automation. He is currently leading several research projects on agricultural robotics – focusing on labor-saving technologies – with funding from grower commodity boards, federal agencies and private industry.

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