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STATE OF ISRAEL I MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT   
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Plant Sciences
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Sensing, Information and Mechanization Engineering
Growing, Production and Environmental Engineering
Administration AGEN
Sensing, Information and Mechanization Engineering
Head: Meir Teitel, Ph.D.
Staff

Research in the Department of Sensing, Information and Mechanization Engineering is focused on implementing cutting-edge technologies for Israeli agriculture, with increasing emphasis on information technologies, sensors, decision-support systems, electronics, optics and control, advanced mechanics and robotics. All of these activities lead towards environmentally friendly, precise and profitable agriculture.

The Department's wide range of research activities place particular emphasis on:

  • Development of novel technologies and mechanization for postharvest treatments of fruits and vegetables; these developments include separating, sizing, sorting, hulling, cracking and handling systems;
  • Techniques for identification and measurement of internal and external indicators of quality attributes of agricultural products, by nondestructive techniques and methods, including: near-infrared, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonic, dielectric properties, computer vision, and bio-sensors;
  • Methods and means of transportation and of automated treatment and handling of products at various stages of the growing process; 
  • Optimization of various processes by means of Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS);
  • Development of precision agriculture systems, including site-specific spraying, fertilization, and irrigation of field crops, and orchards;
  • Development of robotic systems for harvesting of field and orchard crops;
  • Development of field machinery;
  • Applications of information technology.

The department is responsible for the ongoing operation of a workshop, an electromechanical lab, a GIS center and an agricultural aerial robotics laboratory.


Staff
Researchers
Name
(Surname, First name)
Research Interests /
Job description
Cohen Yafit, Ph.D. Precision agriculture: a) Fusion of thermal and hyperspectral imagery for monitoring and mapping water status in various crops and orchards; b) Spatio-spectral analysis of thermal and hyperspectral imagery for management zones delineation c) The effect of precision irrigation on yield parameters and water use efficiency (vineyard, cotton, peach) Spatio-temporal analysis of pests and diseases dispersion: Medfly, Red palm weevil, Olive fly, Heliothis, leaf-roll virus in grapevine and soil-borne diseases in potato. Development of spatial decision support systems for pest control. Development of automatic trap for Medfly monitoring
Klapp Iftach, Ph.D. Acquisition limits: algorithms and optical design for sensing in agriculture and environmental systems. Dr. Klapp, Ph.D. EE (physical electronics), is the PI of the Agro-Optics Lab, the lab confronts acquisition problems originate from inspection in precision agriculture and Interaction of light and vegetation/water and microbiology in agriculture environmental processes. Research interests include; computational imaging, passive and active optical design, super-resolution, stabilization low cost radiometric thermal imaging, fluorescence spectroscopy, hyperspectral spectroscopy as well as machine learning, inverse problems and machine vision algorithms and optimization. Publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Iftach_Klapp/publications Lab Website: https://iftachklapp.wixsite.com/agopt
Paz-Kagan Tarin, Ph.D. Remote Sensing (sensors, algorithms, applications) High fidelity imaging spectroscopy (HiFIS) Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) Applied Spectroscopy-plant & soil spectroscopy Spatial & temporal analysis Precision agriculture Agroecology Geo-statistics Big data and Meta-data analysis Machine Learning
Teitel Meir, Ph.D. Greenhouse management and control (ventilation, heating, CO2 enrichment, shading, structure); Energy in agriculture; Computer controlled data acquisition and instrumentation; Fluid mechanics and heat transfer in agriculture.
Vernick Sefi, Ph.D. Our lab is developing new hybrid bioelectronic and bioelectrochemical tools for basic science and diagnostic applications. Research includes: • Detection of protein and genetic biomarkers using bioelectrochemical sensors • Characterization of aberrant genomic and proteomic markers using bioelectronic platforms • Development of flexible biochips for detection of pathogenic markers • Study host-bacterial interactions by a real-time 3D mapping with electrochemical sensor arrays • Transduction of bio-recognition events to electrical currents: characterization, manipulation and applications • Electrochemical modulation of conformational behavior and biomolecular interactions • Investigation of biomolecular interaction kinetics and structural dynamics with single-molecule biophysical approaches WE DESIGN AND DEVELOP PLATFORMS INTEGRATING FUNCTIONAL BIOMATERIALS WITH ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE NANO AND MICROINTERFACES (ORGANIC, e.g., CARBON NANOTUBES OR INORGANIC, e.g., METALS)
Zion Boaz, Ph.D. Aquacultural Engineering; Robotics in Agriculture; Power and Machinery; Computer Vision and Image Processing; Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Imaging and Spectroscopy;
Engineers/Technicians
Name
(Surname, First name)
Research Interests /
Job description
Berenstein Ron, Ph.D. Robotics, Agriculture robotics, Image Processing, Machine vision, Control
Brikmann Roman
Goldshtein Eitan, M.A. Decision support systems
Goldwasser Yonatan, B.Sc.
Kashti Yossi Development and design of agricultural machinery; Development of methods for quality evaluation of agricultural machinery.
keisar ohaliav, Mr. development and improvement of the agricultural machines. Precision agriculture: UAV operator for Remote Sensing.
Levi Asher Poltry house and greenhouse climate; Thermal imaging and sensing
Liddor Guy, B.Sc.
Rapaport Tal, Ph.D. Remote sensing of vegetation Hyperspectral sensing X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry Geographical information systems (GIS) Coding
Reshef Liad, B.Sc. Mechanic design CAD specialist Robotics
Shenderey Clara, M.Sc.
Scholars
Name
(Surname, First name)
Research Interests /
Job description
Retiree
Name
(Surname, First name)
Research Interests /
Job description
Grinshpon Yoseph Electronics design
Hoffman Aharon
Schmilovitch Ze'ev, Ph.D. Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) methods and sensors; Near infrared spectroscopy; Produce Disinfection by steam RF measurements; Postharvest Engineering; Quality of agricultural products; Sorting and separation of agricultural products; Fluidized bed technology
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