ECE Seminar by Anna Förster: Internet of Things for Agricultural Scenarios - Overview and Research Challenges

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Armour College of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will welcome Anna Förster, Professor at the University of Bremen, to present a lecture, "Internet of Things for Agricultural Scenarios - Overview and Research Challenges."

Abstract: In this talk, we will explore how Internet of Things can be used in agricultural scenarios. We will first shortly explore some application scenarios, system architectures, and communication technologies. Then we will focus on some open research problems and their solutions, mostly in the area of underground networking. The research focus is on artificial intelligence techniques, like machine learning and swarm intelligence, to various aspects of wireless communication protocols and applications. 

Biography: Anna Förster obtained her M.Sc. degree in computer science and aerospace engineering from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, in 2004 and her Ph.D. degree in self-organizing sensor networks from the University of Lugano, Switzerland, in 2009. She also worked as a junior business consultant for McKinsey & Company, Berlin, between 2004 and 2005. From 2010 to 2014, she was a researcher and lecturer at SUPSI (the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland). Since 2015, she leads the Sustainable Communication Networks group at the University of Bremen.

Förster's main research interests lie in self-organizing and autonomous sensors, opportunistic networks, and underground sensor networks. One important aspect of her research is practical applications, which contribute to the global achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Such applications include decision agriculture, environmental monitoring, safety monitoring, health applications, and many more.

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