The smart farm: imaging systems and IoT technologies for precision agriculture applications

Date: 9 October 2019, 13:00-16:30
Place: SRUC, West Mains Road, King’s Buildings, Edinburgh EH9 3JG

Please join Scotland’s Rural College and CENSIS to examine the use of imaging systems and IoT technologies for precision agriculture, and explore potential collaborative activity in this space particularly around:

  • Crop growth - maximising crop yields, monitoring weather conditions, soil and moisture sensors to optimise irrigation, seeding and planting, weeding and crop maintenance, assessing crop maturity and harvesting.,
  • Livestock management – general herd health including predicting and measuring animal weight gain, automated feeding, controlling environments in barns
  • New equipment – UAVs and drones for real-time monitoring and analysis, autonomous vehicles/driverless tractors, robotics and automation


The event is designed to get you ‘up to speed’ on some of the latest imaging technologies as they may be applied to precision agriculture, and used either to address business challenges or spark an idea for a new application, product or service.

On the day you’ll have the opportunity to network with attendees, meet technology developers, find out about funding support for collaborative work and perhaps leave the event with a new business or project partnership.

Delegates will hear how vision, imaging and IoT systems are being applied to agriculture and are changing the way we farm, using examples and real-world case studies from SRUC researchers. CENSIS will introduce the expertise and equipment available in its new Vision Lab, a dedicated facility in its Glasgow office helping businesses adopt or deliver innovative computer vision or imaging solutions. We’ll also discuss funding opportunities and highlight any wider funding calls in this area.

Following a networking break, you will have an opportunity to pitch your own idea, company or research to the audience with a view to building new research and business networks. Follow the link to register and let us know if you’d like to make a one-slide, two-minute pitch.

The event will include ample networking time and the opportunity for 1-2-1 discussions to explore challenges with CENSIS and SRUC staff.

Provisional agenda

13:00 -13:30

Arrival and lunch

13:30 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:00

The CENSIS Vision Lab

14:00 - 15:00

SRUC projects showcase

15:00 - 15:15

Coffee break

15:15 - 15:30

2-minute industry pitching opportunities

15:30 - 15:45

Funding opportunities

15:45 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30

Close and networking

Who is it aimed at?

The event will be of particular interest to agri-tech companies looking for collaboration partners to explore the application of these technologies.

You do not need to be working on an agri-tech project or even be planning any activity in this space: the event will be equally suited to those who want to familiarise themselves with progress and new technologies in this field, explore opportunities and make new contacts.


The event is free to attend but registration is required.

Once you register you’ll be sent information on travel directions to SRUC including public transport options as well as driving and parking details.


Please note there is no parking at the campus but street parking in the vicinity is available. We encourage people to use public transport.

How To Find Edinburgh Campus

Innovation Hub

Address: SRUC, Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG

Telephone: 07771 775609


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