Advances and Innovations in Agricultural Engineering. The 2nd NJF - Agromek- EurAgEng joint seminar

Nov. 28 - 29, 2016 in Herning, Denmark


Several topics will be covered during the conference in Herning, which should draw interest from all of us working within Agricultural Engineering, please see the list of topics below.

The main goal is to increase and strengthen the Agricultural Engineering cooperation within research, education, companies, advisory service as well as innovation between our countries. Additionally, we offer participation with approved presentations free of charge for PhD- students (a total maximum of 10) in order to better include young upcoming AE scientists. You are all warmly welcome with a presentation from your work or as an active participant! Together we can improve the future farming in our countries!

Innovation is a key issue for future farming and in pending research and it is a clear focus for this conference. Participation as well as presentations from the AE manufactures and companies are welcomed.

The conference will highlight the common interest of AE from researchers and manufactures and aims to improve the level of AE education and AE consultancy within the Nordic Baltic countries. At the end of the conference, the participants are offered free of charge to take part in special interest groups (SIG) visiting selected types of machinery at the fair, e.g. latest new equipment items in plant protection, safety, precision farming, last innovations etc. Detailed information about the SIG groups will be announced together with the final program, closer to the conference.

Keynote speakers

David Ball

David Ball is currently a Senior Robotics Engineer at Bosch Startup Deepfield Robotics designing robotic solutions for agriculture. Previously he was a Chief Investigator at the Queensland University of Technology on the $3 million QLD DAF “Strategic Investment in Farm Robotics” project. Before this he was a researcher on the “Robotics for Zero-Tillage Agriculture” project for which his team was awarded the QUT Vice Chancellor Team Performance Award in 2013. He completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Systems Engineering in 2001 and his PhD in Mechatronic Engineering in 2008, both at the University of Queensland. His first research position was on an Australian Special Research Initiative, Thinking Systems, a highly cross-disciplinary team which investigated navigation across real and conceptual spaces. He has lectured various university units covering team-based design, control, perception and robotics.


Niels Dybro

Niels Dybro is finishing up his PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focusing on “Sustainable intensification of global crop production” to which he has taken a total systems perspective, ranging from demographic trends, global climate zones, crop land availability, to recent historical crop yields, crop production and ways to sustainably feed 9 billion people by 2050, including exploring crop production process- and mechanization options.

Niels Dybro is currently employed at John Deere at their Moline Technology Innovation Center in the Soil ad Crop Systems group as Staff Engineer focusing on total system analysis and design with emphasis on job optimization. He has worked at John Deere in different capacities since 1998, when he started in design of operator controls in the tractor cabs, followed by some time in manufacturing engineering and supply management, followed by work on characterization of customers total solution system for crop production and solution options for the near and long term.

In addition to the PhD in Agricultural Engineering, Niels Dybro has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, an MBA from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, a certificate in Systems Design and Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The conference will start at 12 am on the 28th and finish at 18 am on the 29th (from 12-18 on the 29th SIG groups will visit the Agromek.

Target group

  • Engineers & industrial employees with interest within arable farming and agricultural engineering.
  • Researchers, advisors, students & farmers.
  • Exhibitors & employees from the exhibiting companies at Agromek.

For all further information about the seminar please do not hesitate to send e-mail to Snorri Sigurdsson, chairman for NJF´s Technology Section: sns@seges.dk



Innovation and product design

Innovation processes are challenging because of demanding design requirements due to hard environmental conditions, seasonal work, user skills and ergonomic constraints. User-Centered or User-Driven innovation methods could be more used to improve the design. State of art in the Northern Europe.

Biorefinery and energy production

Reclamation of valuable products from agricultural residues such as proteins,  bioplastics, biogas, bioethanol and incineration technologies.

Robotics, sensors and Precision Agriculture

Agricultural robotics and intelligent machines. Use of laser scanners and other sensors in practical use and AE research. Imaging. State of art of precision agriculture and expected use for the next 10 years. Mission planning and route optimization. Parallel tracking and controlled traffic farming.

Data communications between agricultural systems

Open standards and interoperability for data exchange between systems like machines and management systems involving geo-spatial data infrastructures, data services accessible via standardized inter-faces and formats, web-services, ISOBUS, and development of network information model.

Farm management information systems

Data acquisition and information processing, decision support for operations optimization, data integration, distributed information management (cloud, Internet-of-things, etc.), advanced data acquisition on machines, integration with management systems.

Operation management and optimization

Resource usage, energy requirement, planning tools for machine dimensioning, scheduling and routing, planning and logistics in the supply chain, user-driven design of information’s system, information modeling, system analyses and sustainability analyses.

Indoor mechanization

Last updates within indoor mechanization with focus on usage of robotic technique.

Advisory and consulting services

Advisory service level within AE in our countries and how to benefit and increase the quality in near future? Advisory services are especially invited to contribute.


Education level within AE and our countries today. How to benefit and increase the quality in near future? Scientific people from universities and university colleges are especially invited to contribute.

Soil compaction

Soil protection and Machine Soil interaction. Modelling of soil compaction. Machinery to reduce soil compaction. Decision support systems to predict and minimize soil compaction.

Plant protection machinery

The sprayer manufacturers meet new challenges for technical developments. Advanced technical solutions are expected or hoped for but also have to be on a realistic economical level for the market-(s). The Machinery Directive and the Safe Use Directive (SUD) has put new demands and challenges on sprayer manufacturers and sprayer operators.

Sprayers with high technological performances and capacities are put on the marker, with solutions to increase environmental safety, precision in application and minimizing losses as well as increased comfort for the operator. Sprayer inspection is to be implemented in all Europe on all kinds of equipment, this put demands on administration processes, testing equipment and control methods. Drift reducing technologies is introduced in many countries as a means to get plant protection products approved and to reduce sizes of buffer zones. Challenges to get them used by operators who may fear reduced efficacy of treatments.

Spray records are demanded by regulations and traceability contracts. Highly technical automatic solutions are under development

Post harvest and logistics

Handling of biomass for storage, logistics for transport of biomass from site of harvesting to storage or processing facility, technology/sensors for monitoring storage over time, type of transport, quality of stored biomass.

Ergonomics & safety

Occupational safety and health situation in farms. Ergonomics of work needs to be considered as a changing issue since agricultural work includes more and more information handling, monitoring of system performance and service. Use of external manpower and foreign workers challenge the working environment in the ever growing farms. This also has an effect on product development in agricultural engineering.

Energy efficiency

Improved energy efficiency in machinery and systems, energy efficiency measurements, effects of indirect energy inputs, farms self-supplying in energy, future technologies.

Environmental aspects and Climate neutral farming

Climate neutral farming, lowered machinery emissions, lowered system emissions, clean technologies, improved methodology for environmental evaluation.


Preliminary program

Monday 28th of November

Time Topic   Speakers
10.00-12.00   Registration and   coffee  
12.00-12.15   Introduction and welcome  
12.15-13.00 Robotics 1. Keynote speaker   David M. Ball from Bosch Deepfield Robotics  Agricultural   Robots  
13.00-14.00   Lunch  
14.00-14.20 Robotics Thorvald II: A   modular and confiurable agricultural robot Lars Grimstad, NMBU,   NO
14.20-14.40 Robotics Exploring the use of   robot and drones as phenotyping tools in plant breeding Morten Lillemo, NMBU,   NO
14.40-15.00 Sensors Sensors from   companies Anton Gårde Thomsen,   AU, DK
15.00-15.20 Sensors Learnings from a   survey on the use of crop sensors on Danish farms Anna Marie Thierry,   SEGES, DK
Break 20 min      
15.40-16.00 Imaging & weeds Tools and   techniologies for reduced herbicide use in cereals Therese W. Berge,   NIBIO, NO
16.00-16.20 Imaging & weeds IPMwise-a new   descision support system (DSS) for integrated weed management (IWM)  Per Rydahl, IPM   Consult ApS, DK
16.20-16.40 Imaging & weeds “Vision algorithms   for Weed Control within the DockWeeder Project” Tsampikos Kounalakis,   AAU, DK
16.40-17.00 Tillage Optimal seedbed   preparation in a changing climate  Dorothee Kolberg,   HH, NO
Break 40 min   Poster session,   please see end of program. Demo of equipment for inspection of sprayers. Demo   of the Thorvald robot.  
17.40-18.00 Energy Improving energy   efficiency of agricultural logistics– a case-study on four Swedish farms Carina Gunnarsson,   JTI, SE
18.00-18.20 Energy Biogas upgrading: a   flexible form of energy storage Alastair James Ward,   AU, DK
18.20-18.40 Energy Organic loading   rates, Degradation and Methane Production from the co-digestion of Dairy   slurry manure and Food waste. John Morken, NMBU, NO
18.40-19.00 Energy Cable-fed electric   tractors – a path to electrification of heavy field work? Gunnar Larsson, SLU,   SE
19.30 (20.00)   -   Workshop dinner  

Tuesday 29th of November

Time Topic   Speakers
08.20-08.40 Innovation An electronic grain passport and traceability system Matts Nysand,  LUKE, FI
08.40-09.00 Innovation A new low-temperature   dryer Matts Nysand, LUKE,   FI
09.00-09.20 Tillage Intensifying bare   fallow strategies to control perennial weeds  Timo  Lötjönen, LUKE, FI
09.20-09.40 Management and   systems Open Integration of   Farm Things and Management Systems Ari Ronkainen/ Antti   Suokannas, LUKE, FI
09.40-10.00 Management and   systems Troubleshooting Open   Multi-Machinery Systems in Agriculture Ari Ronkainen/ Antti   Suokannas, LUKE, FI
Break 20 min      
10.20-10.40 Management and   systems An offline infield   logistic planning tool for grain harvesting Kun Zhou, AU, DK
10.40-11.00 Management and   systems Data Fusion and   Decision making in Agriculture Biipjet Kaur, JKU, AU
11.00-11.20 Prescision farming Close-range remote   sensing and geo-data handling in precision agriculture Jakob Geipel, NIBIO,   NO
11.20-11.40 Prescision farming 15 years of research   on precision agriculture in Norway; what have we learned and where are we   heading? Audun Korsæth, NIBIO,   NO
Break 15 min      
11.55-12.00   EurAgEng and how to   interact in Nordic countries Claus Sørensen, AU,   DK
12.00-12.45 Prescision farming 2. Keynote speaker Niels Dybro, John Deere, USA.    Precision agriculture and future   agricultural farming  
12.45-13.00 Closing session Summing up and   information about SIG groups and the Agromek fair. Go to the Agromek Fair  
13.00-14.00   Lunch at Agromek fair  
14.00-15.30 SIG Special interest   groups (SIG) robotics and sensors, precision farming, innovation, indoor   mechanization going  around  at Agromek  
15.30-17.00 Agromek Visit Agromek fair on   your own  
Robotic elimination of mildew on strawberries   using UVB light, Lars Grimstad, NMBU, NO
Advisory and consulting services in   greenhouse sector in Antalya province of Turkey, Prof.Dr. Orhan ÖZÇATALBAŞ,   Turkey
BIOENERGY-Optimization of bio-methane   production from briquetted wheat straw by direct injection of KOH, Lu Feng
Low-methane biogas in dual fuel engines used   in agricultural tractors, Gunnar    Larsson, SLU, SE
Generative programming for safe mobile   robots, Tom Simonsen, CONPLEKS, DK

There will be shuttle buses from Billund airport to Herning MCH on Sunday, Monday and also at the end of Tuesday at low price rates. You can choose departure time from a  table during the registration process.

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Practical info

Call for papers and posters

Proposals for oral presentations and posters relevant to the seminar are welcome. Oral presentations are limited to 20 minutes (15 min presentation + 5 min for questions).

Please send a summary (max. 250 words, including title), indicating the preferred communication (poster/oral presentation) to the organizing committee. Use the standard form (link at the top to the right) or send directly to nils.bjugstad@nmbu.no within the deadline.

Deadline for abstracts: 15th of October 2016

Seminar contact

Advisor Snorri Sigurdsson , SEGES P/S
Agro Food Park 15,
8200 Århus N, Denmark.
Phone: +45 8740 5000
Fax: +45 8740 5010
E-mail: sns@seges.dk

Organizing committee

  • Nils Bjugstad (NO) - chairman. Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Allan Pedersen (DK). CEO for Agromek & Danish Agroindustry
  • Claus Sørensen (DK). Senior scientist at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus      University
  • Ole Green (DK). CEO, Agro Intelligence.
  • Eskil Nilsson (SE). Advisor, Visavi God Lantmannased AB
  • Hannu Haapala (FI). CEO ProAgria South Ostrobothnia
  • Kestutis Navickas (LT). Assoc. prof. and leader of Institute for Energy and Biotechnology Engineering, Aleksandras Stulginskis University
  • Per Anders Hansson (SE). Professor, Department of Energy and Technology,      Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Snorri Sigurdsson (IS). Advisor, Department of Dairy & Cattle Farming, SEGES P/S Denmark


Important dates

Deadline for abstracts: 15th of October 2016

Prices DKK
1 May – 30 September
NJF members     1,550

EurAgEng          1,550

Students           1,300

Others               1,950

1 October – 11 November
NJF Members 1,950

EuRAgEng         1,950

Students           1,700

Others              2,350