On 9th October 2020, IEEE AIUB Student Branch in collaboration with IEEE Computer Society AIUB Student Branch Chapter successfully organized a webinar titled Application of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) in Precision Agriculture: Issues and Challenges through the CISCO WEBEX MEETING platform. The webinar mainly focused on wireless sensor networks in precision agriculture and the ways of implementing these technologies in this promising field. The session was conducted by Mr. Mohamed Rawidean Mohd Kassim, Asia Pacific (Region 10) Regional Coordinator, IEEE Computer Society; Research & Development Manager, Technology Deployment Department, Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia; Distinguished Speaker, IEEE Computer Society.
The seminar was inaugurated by the opening remarks from Prof. Dr. A.B.M Siddique Hossain, Advisor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch; Dean, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB, who talked about the importance of modern technologies in agriculture. He highlighted the fact that as the food demand has increased in the world due to increased population, usage of technology in agriculture is a must for better production. He concluded by encouraging the participants to engage themselves in research works.
After that, Mr. Mohamed Rawidean Mohd Kassim started his session by introducing himself. Then he talked about the significance of IoT in agriculture and the advancement of agricultural technologies from manual to automation. He also showed future models of agricultural farms which will use advanced technologies to meet up the world food demand. Mr. Kassim elaborately explained the architecture of the Wireless Sensor Networks and IoT sensors, including the working principles along with their numerous advantages. The speaker mentioned about oil palm breeding and smart mushroom cultivation systems where WSN and IoT sensors can be used for monitoring and controlling. Afterwards, Mr. Kassim gave an overview of the steps of smart agriculture that farmers should follow to obtain the maximum possible productivity. He talked about the challenges which can be faced by the farmers in smart cultivation farms. He also shared knowledge with the help of which farmers can deploy smart agriculture in rural areas. He talked about the importance of boosting crop production and explained how WSN, AI, Big Data, Robotics, Drones, Machine vision, and Cognitive technologies can play a big role in achieving that goal. The session ended with a question-answer session where the speaker answered all the questions asked by the participants.
Afterwards, Dr. Mohammad Hasan Imam, Counselor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch; Advisor, IEEE EMBS AIUB SB Chapter; Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB, took the platform and gave the concluding speech where he appreciated the initiatives taken by the student branch to organize this webinar and showed gratitude to the speaker for conducting the session. He also talked about the ongoing research works on Wireless Sensor Networks and encouraged the participants to be involved in this field considering its current demand and healthy prospects. The event was graced by the presence of 75+ participants. A group photo session took place which marked the end of the session.