Technical Sections VII

Section VII: Information Technology

Information Systems

Advance the development and effective use of information and communication technologies in all areas of agriculture in order to increase its sustainability, quality of operations and produce, productivity and profitability of the businesses. Target those technologies to every link of the production chains, education, research and policy making.



Chair: Prof. Seishi Ninomiya
University of Tokyo, Institute for Sustainable Agro-ecosystem Services (ISAS), Midori-cho 1-1-1, Nishi-tokyo, Tokyo 188-002, Japan
TEL: +81 42 463 1611
FAX: +81 42 464 4391
Vice Chair: Dr. Jiannong Xin
IFAS Office of Information Technology、University of Florida, PO Box 110495 Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
T.: +1 352 846 3217
F.: +1 352 392 5857
Secretary: Dr. Stanley C. Best Sepulveda
Instituto de Investigación Agropecuaria INIA – Quilamapu, Casilla 426, Chile
T.: +56 42 209761
F.: +56 42 209799
Dr. Jose Francisco Aguilar
University of Costa Rica
College of Engineering
Agricultural and Biosystem School
T.:+506 2511-643
F.:+506 2511-6657
Dr. Miguel Castro Neto
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Instituto Superior de Estatística e Gestão de Informação, Campus de Campolide, 1070-312 Lisboa, Portugal
T.: +351 213 870 413
F.: +351 213 872 140
Prof. Yibin Ying
Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environment Sciences, Zhejiang University, No. 866, Yuhangtang Street, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310058, P. R. China
T.: +86 57188982885
F.: +86 57188982885
Dr. Patrizia Busato
University of Turin, Dipartimento di Economia ed Ingegneria Agraria, Forestale ed Ambientale (DEIAFA), Italy
T.: +39 011 670.8623
F.: +39 011 670.8639
Dr. Pilar Barreiro Elorza
Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Laboratorio de Propiedades Físicas y Tecnologias Avanzadas en Agroalimentacion (LPF-TAG), Dpto. Ingeníeria Rural, Edificio "Motores y máquinas", E.T.S.I. Agronómos - U.P.M., 28040. Madrid. España
T.: +34 91 336 58 51
F.: +34 91 336 58 45
Dr. Iver Thysen
Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, ICT-AGRI Project Office, Nyropsgade 30, 1780 København V, Denmark
T.: +45 3395 8164
F.: +1 352 392 5857
Dr. Arno Ruckelshausen
University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Albrechtstr. 30, 49076 Osnabrück, Germany
T.: +49-541-969-2090
F.: +49-541-969-2235
Dr. Leisa Armstrong
Dr. J Adinarayana

Honorary Chairs:

Prof. Axel Munack
FAL, Institute for Technology and Biosystems Engineering, Bundesallee 50, D-38116 Braunschweig, Germany
T.: +49 531 5964201
F.: +49 531 5964299
Prof. Yasushi Hashimoto
Member of Science Council of Japan, Member of IFAC-council, 6-4-2-701Chifunemachi, Matsuyama, Ehime, #790-0011, Japan
T.: +81 899 41 4191
Prof. Nick Sigrimis
Agricultural University of Athens, Dept. Agricultural Engineering, Iera Odos 75, 118 55 Athens, Greece
T.: +30 1 529 40 36
F.: +30 1 529 40 39
Prof. Fedro Zazueta
Director, Office of Academic Technology, University of Florida, P.O. Box 117345, Gainesville, FL 32611-7345, USA
T.: +1 352 3920371
F.: +1 352 3920765
Prof. Antonio Mauro Saraiva
University of São Paulo, School of Engineering, Agricultural Automation Laboratory, Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, trav3, n158, Sao Paulo, SP, 055508-900 Brazil
T.: +55 11 3091 9088
F.: + 55 11 3091 5294

Mission, Objectives, Scope and Activities


The mission of Section VII is to advance the use of information and communication technologies to harness optimal farm management and food supply chain, achieving sustainable agriculture. The sustainability includes productivity, profitability, environmental harmonization, robustness against climatic change, food security, food safety, food quality and farm welfare. ICT should be utilized in almost all the fields in CIGR and interdisciplinary collaborations are particularly important in the Section VII activities.


Section VII aims to promote people to achieve the following targets through maximally utilizing most up-to-date ICT;

  • Policy making of ICT-based sustainable agriculture and rural development for green economy
  • Enhancement of e-education/training and communication tools to effectively transfer technologies to farmers and to solve the last one mile issue.
  • Enhancement of data acquisitions and development and sharing with efficient tool supports
  • Enhancement of data integration for agricultural big data based on interoperable data standardization
  • Enhancement of data and model integrations for effective decision supports
  • Enhancement of DSS development for farmers, extension staffs, policy makers and distributors
  • Enhancement of R&D of basic technologies and tools adaptable to ICT applications in agriculture


The scope of Section VII is broad covering;

  • Policy
    • ICT policies for sustainable rural development, ICT adoption in rural community, e-government, e-agribusiness based on green economy ,
  • Data content development
    • agricultural resources data banks, market information, weather information, soil information, technology information, digital library, intellectual property, big data cloud
    • Privacy security and data quality
    • Interoperable data exchange platform and cloud
  • Applications
    • decision support system, precision farming, sensors, knowledge management system, GAP support system, traceability system, e-learning/training system, extension service
    • Maximum utilization of big data and IOT
  • Technology
    • data/text/Web mining, machine learning, cloud computing, social media/Web technologies, metadata, standards and cataloging, taxonomy, ontology and the semantic Web, information retrieval, open source tools, sensor network, sensors, Grid, human-computer interaction, mobile services, remote sensing, GIS, pattern recognition, image analysis, modeling, security


To achieve the objectives, Section VII promotes the collaborations among related groups, providing opportunities to discuss and exchange information among them. The main activities of Section VII are to organize sessions and workshops collaborating with several organizations which have the similar aims in terms of the utilization of ICT in agriculture.

  • Section VII co-organizes WCCA (World Congress of Computer in Agriculture) as a member of INFITA (International Network of Federations of Information Technology in Agriculture, A WCCA takes place annually synchronously with one of the international conferences organized by one of the INFITA members.
    • CIGR2010 in Quebec, Canada (June, 2010)
    • EFITA2011 in Praque, Czech (July, 2011)
    • WCCA Workshop in Windhoek, Namibia (July 2011)
    • Initiation of African Network for Information Technology in Agricugure (ANITA) during IAALD African Chapter Meeting (May 2012)
    • AFITA2012 in Taipei, Taiwan (September, 2012)
    • EFITA2013 in Turin, Italy.
    • WCCA2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica
    • AFITA2014 in Perth, Australia
    • EFITA2015 in Poznan, Poland
  • Section VII organizes sessions and workshops on specific topics during the CIGR conferences
    • "Sensor Network and its Applications in Agriculture", an organized session in CIGR2011 in Tokyo
  • Section VII co-organizes workshops and sessions in several related conferences and meetings
    • "Agriculture and Food Security Workshop" in 5th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium in Tokyo, Japan (April, 2012)
    • ICT for Optimal Crop Management against Climatic Change", a proposed session in APAN (Asia Pacific Advanced Network) Chiang-Mai Meeting (February, 2012).
    • Human and Machine Interaction", an organized session in EFITA2013 in Tulrin (June, 2013)
  • Section VII Board meeting
    • CIGR2010
    • CIGR2011
    • CIGR2012
    • EFITA2013
    • WCCA2014
    • CIGR2014