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Ioannis Athanasiadis

Associate Professor
Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
Wageningen University

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Digital Future Farm

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WUR Strategic Theme Flagship, 2020-2022
PI: T.Been, C. Kamphuis, and I. Athanasiadis.

A digital twin will be built for arable and dairy farming systems: the Digital Future Farm (DFF). The DFF will provide researchers and farmers with an engine to model the nitrogen cycle of mixed farm systems with two aims:

  • reducing the nitrogen use of the farm while maintaining or increasing crop yields, and
  • minimizing the nitrogen losses on the farm itself.

The digital twin will employ modular components, each component representing a biophysical aspect of the farm (e.g. soil, crops, animals). Each component can be made custom to a farm and linking these components will result in a full-inclusive farm-specific digital twin. A machine learning approach will be used for the twinning process.