Optical Sensing for Agricultural Applications

It is our pleasure to announce that our Special Issue is now open for


Optical sensing has become a widely acceptable solution for monitoring field, crop and soil status. Thus, advanced field management may be supported by incorporating information from various optical sensors; consumer-grade RGB-D (red green blue-depth) cameras, LIDAR and multispectral sensors, acquired by various remote and proximal platforms (e.g. satellites, planes, unmanned aerial systems (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) etc.), or sensing systems installed on conventional equipment like tractors and other man-operated vehicles. Several functions of these optical sensors in agriculture include yield prediction, soil sensing, nutrient and pesticide applications, weed control, irrigation control, selective harvesting, and numerous other applications in the framework of Precision Agriculture, as well as navigation, context and situation awareness for operations management in agricultural environments.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to publish research articles, as well as review articles, addressing recent advances on systems and processes in the field of optical sensing, remote and proximal, for applications in agriculture. Original, high-quality contributions that have not yet been published and that are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought.