BigDSSAgro 2017

Date: 27-29 September 2017
Venue: Montevideo, Uruguay

The deadline for paper submissions to the 1st International Conference on Agro Big Data and Decision Support Systems in Agriculture (BigDSSAgro 2017) has been extended to June 4, 2017.

The BigDSSAgro conference is devoted to decision support systems in agriculture, which combine models, databases and algorithms to support many real-world decision-making problems.

The access to cheap sensor technology, drones, climate data and forecasts, satellite information about soils, humidity and more is provoking a revolution with the irruption of Big Data and opening the door to the development and application of novel optimization and simulation models in Agriculture and the Agri-food industries.

The main question to solve is how to transform the huge amount of data into useful information to decision-makers. Current applications cover a wide range of different areas, from food production or animal welfare to sustainability or climate change impact; and they are expected to still increase in future. The scope of the conference includes findings on established andnew Operations Research, Big Data and Analytics methods ineffective decision-making applications in Agriculture and in the Agri-food industry, including their supply chain, and also problems in Forestry and in Environment studies.

Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to:


– Operational research methods relevant to agriculture, forestry and environment
– Sustainability indicators in agriculture and environment
– Modelling sensor based data to get useful information
– Big Data techniques with potential applications in agriculture
– Optimization and simulation models, including agent based simulation
– Decision support tools based on Big Data and Operational research techniques
– Decision support tools based on GIS and their implications with Big Data
– Economic aspects of adoption of Big Data analytics

Applications of the above mentioned methods in the following settings:

– Smart farms, sensing applications in agriculture
– Precision agriculture, digital agriculture
– Industrial agriculture
– Small scale farming
– Agri-business supply chain
– Forestry
– Land Use
– Environment studies and environmental protection

Important Dates:

– Abstract submission deadline: (EXTENDED) June 4, 2017 (Anywhere on Earth)
– Paper notification: July 17, 2017
– Camera-ready deadline: July 30, 2017
– Conference:  September 27-29, 2017

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Walter Rossing, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
– Dr. Pascale Zarate, Université de Toulouse Capitole 1, France

The conference program will also include a Seminar on Data Science  by Dr. Emilio Carrizosa from U. de Sevilla, Spain.

– Special issues have been agreed for this conference with two ISI Journals:
(1) Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
(2) Annals of Operations Research

General Information on Submissions

Abstracts must be submitted electronically in PDF format using the easychair system at the link, and should be between 1 and 3 pages long, using the format available at the conference web page.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register and complete the registration payment before July 30 in order for the paper to be included in the conference schedule and proceedings.

Authors are invited to submit full article versions for consideration in one of the following two journal special issues:
– Computers and Electronics in Agriculture,
– Annals of Operations Research.

General Chairs:

– Héctor Cancela, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
– Lluís M. Plà, Universitat de Lleida, Spain

Program Chairs:

– Antonio Mauttone, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
– Adela Pagès-Bernaus, UDL, Spain

Technical Program Committee:

– Renzo Akkerman, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
– Víctor Albornoz, UTFSM, Chile
– Walter E. Baethgen, Columbia University, USA
– Sandro Bimonte, IRSTEA, France
– Carlos Bouza, UH, Cuba
– Pablo Chilibroste, UDELAR, Uruguay
– Ángel Cobo, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
– Sergio Serra da Cruz, UFRRJ, Brazil
– Santiago Dogliotti, UDELAR, Uruguay
– Fernando Garagorry, EMBRAPA, Brazil
– Frederick Garcia, DigitAg, France
– Marcela González Araya, Universidad de Talca, Chile
– Andrew Higgins, CSIRO, Australia
– Anders R. Kristensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
– Concepcion Maroto , UPV, Spain
– Lorena Prádenas, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
– Luiz Henrique Antunes Rodrigues, Unicamp, Brazil
– Daniel Rodriguez, University of Queensland,  Australia
– Sara Rodríguez, UANL, Mexico
– Pablo Rodriguez-Bocca, UDELAR, Uruguay
– Lorena Rodríguez-Gallego, UDELAR, Uruguay
– Walter Rossing, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
– Christian von Lücken, UNA, Paraguay
– Andrés Weintraub, Universidad de Chile, Chile
– Pascale Zarate, IRIT, France

Local Organizing Committee

– Jorge Corral, UDELAR, Uruguay
– Gastón Notte, UDELAR, Uruguay
– Martín Pedemonte, UDELAR, Uruguay
– Pablo Rodríguez-Bocca, UDELAR, Uruguay
– Omar Viera, UDELAR, Uruguay

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