SPIE is organizing a new conference for next spring on optical biosensing technologies for plant factories, precision agriculture, and environmental control.
The first international conference on Sensing Technologies for Biomaterial, Food, and Agriculture (SeTBio) will be held 23-26 April 2013 in Yokohama, Japan.
SeTBio will highlight light technologies and their applications such as environmental controls to promote agricultural growth, remote sensing for crop management, photonic sensors for food inspection, biosensing for livestock and aquaculture, soil sensors, and light-based analysis of biomaterials.
Agri-photonics and the area of biosensing technologies for food and agriculture have been covered in many SPIE conferences and publications over the years, including at the Sensing for Agriculture and Food Quality and Safety conference at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing in April and in a 2009 article in SPIE Professional.
The inaugural conference in Yokohama, to be chaired by Naoshi Kondo, professor at Kyoto University Graduate School of Agriculture, is being organized specifically to share the latest information on the use of various lights, from red LEDs to lasers to THz waves, for plant factories, agriculture, and environmental control. Topics will also include optical CT, fluorescent materials, machine vision, remote sensing, soil sensors, and bio-instrumentation for livestock and aquaculture.
Conference co-chairs are Yuichi Ogawa and Hiroshi Shimizu of Kyoto University; Seiichi Oshita of University of Tokyo; Sakae Shibusawa of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology; and Tsuchiya Hiroshi of Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan).
SetBio will be held as part of the Optics & Photonics International Congress (OPIC), which attracted more than 10,000 attendees in 2012. It is the only annual international event in Japan on optics and photonics that supports both science and industry. It includes technical conferences as well as an exhibition, with English as the primary language.
Abstracts are due 20 December.
For more information on SeTBio: spie.org/SeTBio.
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