AI & agriculture (agrifood) and environment

Agriculture and the environment are emerging sectors for digital applications. The variability of factors that determine primary production and the uncertainties linked to climate change increasingly require transversal skills, with artificial intelligence playing a fundamental role. Precision agriculture, also known as digital or cognitive agriculture, combines the collection and analysis of information with ‘big data’ techniques, often using terrestrial or aerial drones or satellite data, to provide farmers with targeted choices aimed at optimising production, reducing the use and waste of resources and improving product quality. AI techniques applied to the genotyping and phenotyping of microorganisms, plants and animals of agricultural and forestry interest allow immediate and large-scale evaluations of new genotypes and of impacts and responses to inputs, making it possible to develop decision support systems (DSS). DSS applications include early warning on biotic (e.g. invasions of alien species) and abiotic (e.g. extreme weather events) risks; response to climate change scenarios in relation to agricultural and land use change choices; selection of resistant or resilient varieties or varieties with better qualitative and quantitative production characteristics; traceability of agricultural and food chains, also with trained biosensors and blockchain systems, to ensure food safety and health and combat food fraud. The PhD course will involve lecturers from several university departments (Agriculture, Biology, Physics, Engineering), a multidisciplinary and internationally renowned Board of Professors and an affiliation with the most important international projects and infrastructures working on AI applications for agriculture and the environment.

Lead University: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Participants Universities and Research Institutions: Università degli Studi di Perugia, Università di Udine, Università “Campus Bio-Medico” di ROMA, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche.

Associated Universities and Research Institutions: Università degli studi di Firenze, Università degli studi di Bologna, Università degli studi di Parma, Università Parthenope Napoli, Università degli studi Roma Tre.

Fully-funded positions a.a. 2021-2022: 17 (Call, with deadline 23 July 2021 h 13:00 CET)

PhD Board:

1.LORETO  Francesco  Napoli Federico II  – Coordinatore
2.SANSONE  Carlo  Napoli Federico II  
4.SERRA  Giuseppe  UDINE  
8.PENNISI  Giuseppina  BOLOGNA  
9.STAIANO  Antonino  “Parthenope” di NAPOLI  
10.SANTONICO  Marco  Univ. “Campus Bio-Medico” di ROMA  
11.SEVERINO  Gerardo  Napoli Federico II  
13.SCALERA  Lorenzo  UDINE  
14.VOLLERO  Luca  Univ. “Campus Bio-Medico” di ROMA  
15.DI MARTINO  Ferdinando  Napoli Federico II  
16.SIETTOS  Konstantinos  Napoli Federico II  
17.TRIFUOGGI  Marco  Napoli Federico II  
19.DATTOLO  Antonina  UDINE  
20.MAZZOLAI  Barbara  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT  
21.MILELLA  Annalisa  Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche  
22.PAOLINI  Valerio  Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche  
23.SANÒ  Paolo  Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche  
24.VARRIALE  Antonio  Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche