The scenic town of Wageningen in the Netherlands recently played host to the annual project meeting of Smart Droplets. Representatives from all nine partner organizations gathered for a two-day event on October 26th and 27th to reflect on the project’s previous accomplishments and strategize for the future.
Day one kicked off with an overview of the Smart Droplets project and the progress made so far, presented from our partners from the Agricultural University of Athens. The day was segmented into thematic discussions starting with a focus on ‘Project Management & Quality Assurance’. This was followed by the intriguing topic of ‘Ecosystem Mapping & Training’ presented by AgriFood Lithuania DIH, where highlights included a discussion on user requirements, existing reference architectures, and strategies for training non-experts. But perhaps the most technologically advanced session was ‘Digital Platform and Digital Twin Intelligence’, presented by our partners from the Wageningen university. The presenters delved into AI for pesticide recommendations, pest detection techniques, and the overarching framework of the digital twin.
On the second day, the agenda focused on technical insights, starting with a session on ‘Autonomous Robotic Spraying System’ by Eurecat. The discussions revolved around robust localization strategies, AI models, and the intricacies of robotics integration for autonomous operations. Following this, the partners of the AUA took centre stage to present on ‘Field Deployment & Evaluation’. The day wrapped up with a detailed discourse on ‘Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication’, presented by Foodscale Hub, covering vital areas such as community building, event outreach, exploitation of the project’s results and IPR management issues.
The Smart Droplets annual project meeting was a great success, offering the chance to reflect on achievements and to plan the future of the project. The collective energy of all participants, the quality of discussions, and the clear roadmap ahead suggest a promising future for Smart Droplets. Wageningen, with its rich academic heritage, was the perfect backdrop for such a meeting of minds, and we’d like to express our gratitude to the University of Wageningen for hosting this annual meeting.