2nd Workshop on
Smart Agriculture for the environmental emergency (SmartAgr)

In conjunction with IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP 2023)
June 26, 2023, Nashville, Tennessee


Invited talk

Prof. Anna Förster (University of Bremen)

IoT for Agriculture: Use Cases, Challenges and Opportunities

About The Event


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee


June 26, 2023

Important dates

Extended submission deadline: April 15, 2023
Notification of Acceptance: May 3, 2023
Camera ready manuscript due:   May 10, 2023


The global environmental emergency, due to the fast climate changes, is heavily impacting on human activities and life. Agriculture, as one of the main human activities, is directly involved in meeting the needs of the growing population, it is responsible of around the 70% of total water consumption and has heavy effects on the environment and on the land use, increasing the pollution of natural resources (air, water, soil). Recently, agriculture was addressed by a technology evolution where the new paradigm of Smart Agriculture guided the introduction of technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), wireless sensor networks, wireless communications, remote monitoring to sustain and make more efficient the agriculture production. Currently, the global environmental emergency solicits a further evolution of Smart Agriculture to provide scientific and technological solutions suitable to make agriculture more resilient to climate changes and to better address the issues related to the protection of natural resources and to the increased food needs.
In this context, Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is where smart and precise agriculture can converge to provide scientific and technological solutions in support of the planet, human life and agricultural production, with a continuous attention to the environmental emergency. Climate-Smart Agriculture can make the intensive production more efficient facing off the shortage of soil and can guide the evolution of agriculture. In particular, CSA can cope with the growth of a starving population since current agricultural production is not sufficient to provide all the necessary food, especially in the most populated and environmentally stressed areas and where natural resources (soil, water and biodiversity) are drastically jeopardized.

This requires an interdisciplinary approach in the context of ICT technologies for different types of applications (smart monitoring, smart water management, agrochemicals applications, disease management, smart harvesting, supply chain management, smart agricultural practices..). For instance, IoT provides the tools for monitoring crops, equipment, vehicles, animals, and resources, and different technologies such as communications technologies, embedded systems, wireless sensor networks, data analytics, cloud/fog computing, Artificial Intelligence are required to collect, manage, share, analyze, and utilize the collected data. Never like before Smart Agriculture, treasuring the technology evolution in the field of Pervasive Computing, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, embedded systems can answer the aforementioned needs, improving the productivity and the environmental sustainability and preserving natural resources (soils, water, and biodiversity). It can drive the evolution of the agriculture and reorienting the focus on the Three Pillars of CSA as stated by the FAO:

  • sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes,
  • adapting and building resilience to climate change,
  • reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions, where possible.

These pillars outline the direction of action regarding the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-2031 based on the Four Betters: better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all, leaving no one behind.

Call for Papers

Science can play an important role to address the goals of the Smart Agriculture by helping to delay and contain the environmental emergency, to improve food production by making agriculture more efficient and with a lower environmental impact, reducing CO2 emissions and improving the resilience of crops. Technology evolution can provide advanced tools, methods, and systems to support the improvement of the quality of life of human and animals and to protect natural resources and biodiversity.

SmartAgr workshop will investigate the design, realisation and assessment of innovative technological solutions, including new paradigms, methods, systems and tools to ensure the implementation of Smart Agriculture systems and solutions to face off environmental emergency.

The workshop will be an interdisciplinary, multi-national initiative to gather, electrical and telecommunication engineers, computer scientists, agronomists to present new pervasive computing and embedded systems, communication solutions and devices to meet the aforementioned challenges. The workshop will invite and call for participation both representatives of academia and industry across the world interested in discussing on the last evolution of Smart Agriculture to face off the environmental emergency and to reorienting the agriculture evolution. From this point of view the workshop can provide a place where to profitably exchange ideas, present applications and solutions taking advantage from the heterogeneity of the contributors to encourage the cross-fertilization of ideas and competencies.

The papers should address forefront research and development in Smart Agriculture with a particular focus on, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Pervasive computing and embedded systems solutions enabling Smart Agriculture.
  • Artificial intelligence in Smart Agriculture.
  • Communications and networking technologies supporting Smart Agriculture systems and solutions.
  • New solutions, systems, models, applications to reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Technologies and applications to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and resilience to climate changes.
  • Technologies and application to preserve natural resources (soil, water, and biodiversity).

Call for Papers PDF available


Organizers and Workshop Chairs

Anna Lina Ruscelli, Gabriele Cecchetti

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy

Technical Program Committee

  • Mohammad Banat, Jordan University of Technology, Irbid, Jordan
  • Piero Castoldi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
  • Carmelo Di Franco, Aitronik, Italy
  • Anna Förster, University of Bremen, Germany
  • Anil Kumar Gupta, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Pune University Campus, India
  • Yining Liu, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, China
  • Mukhtar Mohamed Edris Mahmoud, University of Kassala, Sudan and Puntland State University, Galkaio, Somalia
  • Federica Matteoli, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Joel Onyango, Climate Resilient Economies Programme, African Centre for Technology Studies, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Daniele Sarri, University of Florence, Italy
  • Ana Paula Silva, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco - Escola Superior de Tecnologia, Portugal
  • Nicola Silvestri, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Lina Stankovic, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

Paper submission

Authors are encouraged to submit papers to the SmartAgr workshop, describing original, previously unpublished research results, not currently under review by another conference or journal, addressing state-of-the-art research and development in the area of Smart Agriculture.

Important dates

Extended Submission deadline: April 15, 2023
Notification of Acceptance: May 3, 2023
Camera ready manuscript due: May 10, 2023
Registration: same as main conference SMARTCOMP 2023 papers (no workshop-only registration)

Template and format

Paper submissions should be no longer than 6 pages (10pt font, 2-column format), including text, figures, and tables using the IEEE conference template.


Papers must be submitted electronically as PDF files through the EDAS Online Application.

If you do not have an EDAS account, please, register first via the following link https://edas.info/newPerson.php?noauth=1

Authors of invited papers must submit their paper(s) using the EDAS dedicated online submission application.

All submitted papers will be subject to single blind peer reviews by Technical Program Committee members.

For further instructions on how to prepare your manuscript, please consult the IEEE Author Digital Toolbox.

Camera ready

The camera ready instructions are available on the SMARTCOMP website at the following link Camera Ready Instructions

Please do not submit your final papers nor copyright forms through EDAS. We do not collect them via EDAS.

The camera ready process will be managed through IEEE CPS by the SMARTCOMP publication chairs.

Camera-Ready and Copyright Submission Link

For the accepted papers to be included in the proceedings, the camera-ready version must be submitted using the recommended format. Maximum workshop paper lenght is 6 pages and no extra page is allowed.

The final PDF has to conform to the requirements for publishing on IEEE Xplore. The submission link will take you to the verification tools provided by IEEE.

In addition, the IEEE copyright form has to be submitted through the same website.


All accepted papers presented in the workshop will be published in the proceedings of the conference and published in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library and Scopus indexed.


Each accepted workshop paper requires a full SMARTCOMP registration (registration for workshops only is not available), at the following link Full SMARTCOMP registration

This year IEEE SMARTCOMP will provide a Student Travel Grant . Deadline for application: May 15.


Nashville time (GMT-6)Description
13:30 - 13:35 Welcome from the Chairs
Chair: Anna Lina Ruscelli (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy)
13:35 - 14:15 Session: “Advanced ICT technologies for Smart Agriculture”
Chair: Thai Thao Nguyen (Montclair State University, USA)
13:35 - 13:55 Data Acquisition and Analysis for Improving the Utility of Low Cost Soil Moisture Sensors
Gautam Mundewadi, Rich Wolski, Chandra Krintz
13:55 - 14:15 Ready or Not? A Robot-Assisted Crop Harvest Solution in Smart Agriculture Contexts
Thai Thao Nguyen, Jesse Parron, Omar Obidat, Amy Tuininga, Weitian Wang
14:15 - 15:00 Invited talk:
IoT for Agriculture: Use Cases, Challenges and Opportunities

Prof. Anna Förster (University of Bremen)


Vanderbilt University Institute for Software Integrated Systems, Nashville, Tennessee

SmartAgr 2023 workshop is held in conjuction with SMARTCOMP 2023 conference and will be held at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, hosted by Vanderbilt University Institute for Software Integrated Systems.