SPECIAL SESSION #4

Technologies and Strategies for Sustainable Livestock Farming

ORGANIZED BY

Conte Giuseppe Conte

Giuseppe Conte

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment - University of Pisa

Mantino Alberto Mantino

Alberto Mantino

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment - University of Pisa

Pezzuolo Andrea Pezzuolo

Andrea Pezzuolo

Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture, and Forestry - University of Padova

Barbaresi Alberto Barbaresi

Alberto Barbaresi

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences - University of Bologna

Bovo Marco Bovo

Marco Bovo

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences - University of Bologna

Guo Hao Guo

Hao Guo

China Agricultural University, China

Ruchay Alexey Ruchay

Alexey Ruchay

Chelyabinsk State University, Russia

ABSTRACT

This session gathers the latest methodological developments and applications in precision livestock farming. Research related to technologies and strategies for sustainable livestock farming are welcome. Specific focus is given to technologies for animal production system and animal welfare monitoring, livestock greenhouse gases emission estimation. Furthermore, precise monitoring and measures considering technological factors affecting the valorization of sustainable agro-food production and by-products. Papers that integrate sensor and actuation technologies with emerging network connectivity, edge and cloud computing solutions are also considered.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

Giuseppe Conte is an associate professor at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the University of Pisa in Animal Breeding and Genetics. His main research activities deal with: milk and cheese quality, particularly on fatty acid composition and on nutritional and functional properties of dairy fat; meat quality and influence of feeding and farming systems on fatty acid composition of intramuscular fat, also adopting nutrigenetic approaches; principal factors affecting lipid oxidation; effect of genetic and environmental factors on milk fat composition; study of the effects of genetic polymorphisms on milk fatty acid composition; effect of diet on ruminal population ; sustainable livestock systems and mitigation of the environmental effects, with emphasis on methane emission.
He authored several publications on national/international journals and conferences proceedings and published various papers on ISI WoS and Scopus Journals.
Giuseppe Conte is member of: Italian Scientific Association of Animal Production/Associazione Scientifica di Produzioni Animali (ASPA); European Association of Animal Production (EAAP). He is Editorial board member of Frontiers in Veterinary Science (Associate Editor), Animals (Associate Editor).

Alberto Mantino. Currently I am an assistant professor in animal science at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (DAFE) of the University of Pisa (Italy) and I am a co-founder of TELLUS (www.tellus.srl) a university spin-off company. My research activities are focused on the agroecological transition of conventional livestock farming systems towards sustainable mixed and agroforestry systems. I am involved in several multi-actor projects aiming to develop participatory approach to unlock synergies in mixed farming and agroforestry systems and to achieve agro-environmental and socio-economic resilience in the context of climate change. Currently (2023), I am involved in three international research projects, AGROMIX (www.agromixproject.eu), DIGITAF (https://digitaf.eu) and RE-LIVESTOCK (https://re-livestock.eu).

Andrea Pezzuolo is a researcher at the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture, and Forestry of the University of Padova in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering field – Rural Buildings and Agro-forestry Land Planning. His main research activities deal with: Precision Livestock Farming, Automation and Sensor Technology; Rural and Livestock Buildings Bioenergy from Biomass, By-products and Biowaste.
He authored several publications on national/international journals and conferences proceedings and published various papers on ISI WoS and Scopus Journals.
Andrea Pezzuolo is member of: Italian Association of Agricultural Engineering/Associazione Italiana di Ingegneria Agraria (AIIA); Interdepartmental Centre “Giorgio Levi Cases” for Energy Economics and Technology of University of Padova; Editorial board of Computer and Electronics in Agriculture (Associate Editor), Animals – “System and Management Section” (Associate Editor), Sustainability, Agri-Engineering, Biofuels Bioproducts and Biorefining and Research of Agricultural Engineering.

Alberto Barbaresi ia a Civil Engineer and Architect, Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering, is an assistant professor at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences of the University of Bologna in the Agricultural and biosystems Engineering field - Rural Buildings and Agro-forest Land Planning.
His main research activities deal with: energy efficiency in food processing buildings, renewable energy source in the agricultural sector, analysis and design of agricultural and agro-industrial buildings for process optimization and minimization of environmental and landscape impact; smart farming and precision livestock farming systems; innovative LED lighting systems in protected crops; traditional rural building and landscape integration of the rural built system and infrastructure in rural areas; monitoring systems for environmental, production energy meseaurements.
He is member of the research team of the University of Bologna in several National and European projects.
He presented articles and has been invited speaker and chairman in national and international conferences. He authored several publications on national and international journals and conferences proceedings and published various papers on ISI WoS and Scopus Journals. He is referee for various international scientific journals.
He is member of the Italian Association of Agricultural Engineering/Associazione Italiana di Ingegneria Agraria (AIIA), EurAgEng, and CIGR.

Marco Bovo is Researcher of Rural Buildings and Agro-forest Land Planning at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences of the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. He has graduated with honours in Civil Engineering and he holds a PhD in Structural Engineering and Hydraulics. His main research activities deal with: design and calibration of environmental monitoring systems for greenhouse gas emission measurement, modelling and analysis of environmental parameters in agricultural, livestock and agro-industrial buildings, thermo-acoustic optimization of building envelopes, LCA and CFD simulations, structural design of civil and rural buildings, PLF systems, energy production by renewable sources. He is member of the research team of the University of Bologna within the ongoing PRIN 2017 research project “Smart dairy farming: innovative solutions to improve herd productivity” and PRIMA Project “Self-sufficient Integrated Multi-Trophic AquaPonic systems for improving food production sustainability and brackish water use and recycling (SIMTAP)”. He is member of the Italian Association of Agricultural Engineering (AIIA), European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng), and International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR).

Hao Guo, Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering. Associate Professor in College of Land Science and Technology and College of Information and Electrical Engineering, China Agricultural University. His main research activities are: 3d point cloud processing and it application in agricultural field, Precision Livestock Farming, livestock status monitoring and body measurement.
He participates as member of the China Agricultural University in several projects from National Natural Science Foundation of China.
He authored several publications on national and international journals and conferences proceedings, such as Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. He has been invited speaker in national and international conferences. He is the founder of Point Cloud Learning in China(PCLCN)(www.pclcn.org). He is referee for various international scientific journals. He is member of the Chinese Society of Agricultural Engineering, China Computer Federation (CCF), China Society of Image and Graphics. He is the committee member of the 3DV in China.

Alexey Ruchay received his M.Sc. in Computer Security from Chelyabinsk state University, Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2008, and Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from Chelyabinsk state University, Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2012. His Ph.D. research focused on biometric authentication. He is now Head of the Department of Computer Security and Applied Algebra, Chelyabinsk State University, Chelyabinsk, Russia, and Associate Professor, Department of Information Security, South Ural State University (National Research University), Chelyabinsk, Russia.
He is Senior Researcher of Agricultural engineering at Federal Research Centre of Biological Systems and Agro-technologies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His main research activities are 3D point clouds data, image processing, data mining, machine learning, computer vision and its application in agriculture. Ruchay’s research interests include Security Modelling and Analysis, Biometric Authentication, Deep Learning, and Computer Vision.
He is a guest editor of the special issue "Recent Advances in Precision Livestock Farming" of the journal Agriculture (MDPI). He is a member of the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), USA. He is a member of the program committee of the international conference "Analysis of Images, Social Networks and Texts" (AIST) Russia. He is a reviewer of the following international journals: Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, Biosystems Engineering, Animals, Agriculture, Neurocomputing, Computers & Graphics, Expert Systems with Applications, Applied Sciences, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Biomedical Signal Processing and Control.
He is a member of the editorial board of the journal "Vestnik UrFO. Security in the Information Sphere", Russia.

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