“Smart Ag”-- Creating the Future for Global Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources


报告题目:“Smart Ag”-- Creating the Future for Global Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

报告人:Dr. Norman R. Scott

Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

Academician, National Academy of Engineering

Former Vice President of Cornell University (1989-1998)

Honorary Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University






    Dr. Norman R. Scott is a Professor Emeritus in Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University. He used to be the Vice President of Cornell University between 1989 and 1998. In 1990, he was selected as an Academician of National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Scott has focused on research in sustainable development. This research is directed to development of sustainable communities with emphasis on biologically derived fuels, renewable energy, recycling, managed ecosystems and industrial ecology.



     I see Digital Agriculture (DA) or SmartAG as a holistic, systems approach that uses the rapidly expanding power of information technologies to address agriculture’s Grand Challenges (food access, health and well-being; social and economic prosperity; sustainable productivity, resiliency, sustainable and responsible innovation) through optimized collection, analysis, distribution, and application of data across food systems. This approach uses a deployment of the digital innovations in biotechnology, nanotechnology, computing and communication to enable efficient and cost-effective sensing and automation. This same framework supports a revolution in discovery and design in the biological, ecological, environmental and socio-economic contexts that will define the productivity, resiliency and sustainability of future food systems. In supporting operations in food production, distribution and regulation, DA (SmartAg) will lead to improved decision making and implementation across scales, from management of an individual plant or animal, through the optimization of production within ecological and environmental contexts, to interactions with regional or global markets. These new capabilities will empower stakeholders to act collectively to improve their own prosperity while accounting for the coupled socio-economic, public health and environmental outcomes of their decisions.


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