Digital Rural Futures Conference Call for Abstracts

Published 12 March 2013

The University of New England (as part of the Regional Universities Network) is hosting Australia’s first Digital Rural Futures Conference in Armidale, Australia’s first mainland NBN town and home of the NBN SMART Farm from 26 to 28 June 2013.

The Conference aims to be a regular, national forum to exchange ideas and provide updates on the opportunities and challenges faced by agriculture in Australia’s digital economic future.  The conference will involve business leaders, technology developers, farmer groups and regional development groups.

Ultimately a national broadband communications network offers enormous opportunities for Australia’s agricultural sector. In turn, connected farms and their supporting industries and communities will play a significant role in Australia’s digital economic future.

Registration will open soon, but you are invited NOW to submit abstracts addressing aspects of the Conference themes:

1. Smart technology: including sensors and sensor networks, immersive and sentinel vision and communication technologies, far-end control and autonomous systems (including UAVs and robotics) for environment and agricultural production.

2. Data and information management: including cloud-based services, interoperability, sharing and security, crowd sourcing and citizen science, remote surveys, web-supported smart phone apps etc.

3. Smart services and decision support systems: application cases including precision agriculture, farm-to-customer retail, remote on-farm product support, teleworking, remote diagnostic and advisory systems including tele- veterinary and tele-agronomic support, assisted living, tele-health, remote extension and training , consumer surveys, intelligent networks for power grid control, emergency and environmental risk management.

The Digital Rural Futures Conference is about building networks and raising awareness of challenges and opportunities across a broad range of fronts. We encourage abstracts designed to introduce your research, your group or institution, your business or your activity to other Conference delegates.