Today's agriculture and plantation sector have transformed into high-tech enterprises that most 20th-century farmers might barely recognize. Over the past decade, the ICT, GIS, GPS, Drones, Satellite Imageries, electronic sensors and other new tools have placed farming into a technological wonderland.

The ultimate purpose of all this high-tech gadgetry is optimization, from both an economic and an environmental standpoint. The development of flying robots give rise to the possibility that field-crop scouting, currently done by humans, could be replaced by UAVs with machine vision and hand-like grippers. Accurate and near real-time information can also enable crop insurance companies to develop better products that are more useful to farmers.

The seminar will discuss opportunities and challenges in integrating biotechnology, geospatial technology, ICT, automation/mechanization and precision analytics into smart farming practice.