SISTEMI INFORMATICI PER APPLICAZIONI IN AGRICOLTURA DIGITALE

Gestione e Valorizzazione delle Risorse Agrarie e delle Aree Protette SISTEMI INFORMATICI PER APPLICAZIONI IN AGRICOLTURA DIGITALE

0712200032
DIPARTIMENTO DI FARMACIA
EQF6
GESTIONE E VALORIZZAZIONE DELLE RISORSE AGRARIE E DELLE AREE PROTETTE
2020/2021

YEAR OF COURSE 3
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2016
SECONDO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
642LESSONS
Objectives
The course provides basic knowledge about the main technologies for land monitoring and production control in agriculture, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), Sensor Networks for agriculture. Also, the course introduces information systems supporting production and logistics. the course prepares to the evaluation and choice of available technologies for land monitoring and production control. The course also prepares to the choice and the use of information systems supporting production and logistics.
The main knowledge that will be acquired by the students are:
-Basic concepts about GIS, remote sensing, UAV and sensors technologies for Agriculture
- Knowledge about to image analysis and regulation for UAV
- Main characteristics about sensors, data logger, GPS receiver, UAV and GIS software platforms
Basic knowledge about computer system architecture
-Computer networks;
-Foundation of Database management systems and remote sensing image processing
The main skills will be:
-analyze the status of crops on the basis of data provided by sensors, remote sensing data, and data acquired through UAVs
-identify: the types of sensors and / or data loggers to be used for the acquisition of field data, GPS receivers for tracking the movement of agricultural vehicles
-evaluate: maximum sizing of DBMS for data storage, communication networks for the construction of the sensor network,
-use: GIS software, visualization software and simple processing with predefined filters of remote sensing images, data loggers, flight planning software for a UAV,
Prerequisites
In order to understand and be able to apply knowledge most topics covered in the course, it is required to have passed the compulsory exams of Physics and Computer Science.
Contents
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
•Introduction to Database Management Systems (DBMS) for agricultural applications
•Introduction to GIS: mapping systems and sistemi di mappatura and georeferencing problems; background and layers; entities and attributes
•Global positioning system (GPS); configuration and use of GPS receivers for farm machine
•Import in GIS of the GPS paths of farm machines
•Information system for production and logistics in agriculture

Remote sensing
•sensors and platforms for multispectral data acquisition
•physical principles of optical acquisition and spectroscopic processing in the visible and infrared fields
•basic processing and interpretation of remote sensing images

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
•UAV with propellers and fixed wing
•Components of a UAV
•Flight planning
•National regulations for aeronautical circulation (ENAC)
•Multispectral cameras for UAV

Sensor networks for agriculture
•Sensors and actuators for agriculture
•Microcontrollers and data loggers
•Communication protocols for sensor
•Software tools for the configuration and the management of sensor networks
Teaching Methods
The course includes 42 hours of lectures and exercises (6 CFU). In particular, 21 hours of lessons (3 CFU) and 21 hours of exercises (3 CFU) are scheduled.
The course is organized as follows:
-classroom lessons on all course topics
-classroom exercises on the following topics:
ouse of GIS
ovisualization and basic processing of remote sensing images
ouse of a UAV flight planning software
oconfiguration of a datalogger, data import and tabula/graphical data visualization

Modality
The exercises will be organized in the laboratory, if available, or directly in the classroom; Students will be organized in groups of 3/4 people and using the PCs available in the lab or their own laptops will develop the proposed exercises under the supervision of the teacher.
Verification of learning
THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE COURSE OBJECTIVES IS CERTIFIED BY PASSING AN EXAM WITH EVALUATION IN THIRTIETHS AND IS CONSIDERED PASSED WITH THE MINIMUM MARK OF 18/30. THE EXAM INCLUDES AN ORAL EXAM THAT TAKES PLACE ON A PRESCHEDULED DAY. THE ORAL EXAM INCLUDES THE PRESENTATION OF A TECHNICAL PROJECT PRODUCED BY THE STUDENT INDEPENDENTLY OR IN GROUPS ON A TOPIC INDICATED BY THE TEACHER. THE TEST IS EVALUATED IN THIRTIETHS AND IS CONSIDERED PASSED WITH THE MINIMUM MARK OF 18/30.
THE ORAL EXAM CONSISTS OF A DISCUSSION LASTING ABOUT 20 MINUTES AIMED AT ASSESSING THE LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING ACHIEVED BY THE STUDENT ON ALL THE CONTENTS OF THE PROGRAM. THE ORAL TEST WILL ALSO ALLOW TO ASSESS THE STUDENT'S COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND AUTONOMOUS ORGANIZATION OF THE EXPOSITION ON THE TOPICS WITH A THEORETICAL CONTENT.
TO COMPLETE THE ORAL EXAM THE DISCUSSION OF THE DURATION OF ABOUT 10 MINUTES OF A TECHNICAL PROJECT PRODUCED BY THE STUDENT AUTONOMOUSLY OR IN A GROUP ON A CASE STUDY PROPOSED BY THE TEACHER. THE DISCUSSION WILL ILLUSTRATE THE PROBLEMS POSED BY THE ASSIGNED CASE, THE POSSIBLE PROJECT ALTERNATIVES, THE POSSIBLE REGULATORY CONTEXT, THE METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH ADOPTED, THE ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS OBTAINED. DURING THE DISCUSSION THE STUDENT CAN USE SLIDES AND ON REQUEST BY THE MEMBERS OF THE EXAMINATION COMMITTEE SHOULD BE READY TO PROVIDE THEORETICAL INSIGHTS AND DETAILED CLARIFICATIONS.
THE EXAM ALLOWS TO ASSESS BOTH THE CAPACITY FOR KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING, AND THE ABILITY TO APPLY THE ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, THE PRESENTATION ABILITY, AND THE ABILITY TO LEARN AND INDEPENDENTLY DEVELOP SOLUTIONS.
Texts
Slides, scientific articles and other supplementary readings will be available at the instructor's webpage.
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