Keynote speech: Combining environment control, crop management and genetics to improve greenhouse product quality

- the case of tomato.


Nadia Bertin is Director of research at the PSH (Plants & Horticultural Systems, Avignon) research unit of INRA

(National Research Institute for Agronomy).

She is an engineer in Agronomy and she has been working at INRA since 1989. Her main areas of expertise are the ecophysiology of horticultural crop and the quality of fleshy fruits.

She is the leader of the team « growth, architecture and fruit quality » which develops experimental and modeling approaches to understand the impact of cultural practices, environmental factors and genotype on resource acquisition, plant and organ growth under sub-optimal conditions (water deficit, high temperature, low nitrogen supply), while improving the taste, nutritional and environmental quality of harvested organs. Process-based models and functional-structural models are used for knowledge integration (from cell to plant), analysis of genetic variability (links between QTL/genes and model parameters) and innovation for crop management (analysis of complex systems, emerging properties, high-throughput phenotyping in silico experimentation, ideotype design).

N. Bertin has been involved for several years in ANR (Task Manager) or European projects in collaboration with geneticists (UGAFL). She is the author of 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and 75 Communications in international conferences. In 2016, she was the general chair of Hortimodel, the leading international conference in horticultural cropping systems modelling.


In-Bok LEE


Keynote speech: Future-oriented integrated approach of field experiment and modeling of aerodynamics and energy engineering for revolutionizing greenhouse design and control. 



In-Bok Lee is Professor at Seoul National University, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Republic of Korea.

He received a PhD degree in 1998 in aerodynamics and energy in agriculture at the Ohio State University, USA.

The major research field of I.B. Lee is Aero-Environmental and Energy Engineering in Agriculture while his researches

combine experimentation and simulation.  He conducts studies on greenhouse structural design with wind loads, natural

and mechanical ventilation design of greenhouses, energy saving and renewable energy of greenhouse, information and communication technology and smart farm greenhouses, virtual reality of greenhouse for education, etc.

His research team, Aero-Environmental and Energy Engineering Laboratory (A3EL) is very strong for aerodynamic approaches such as Computational Fluid Dynamics, large-sized wind tunnel, particle image velocimetry, and actively develops various advanced experimental tools for field experiments.

In-Bok Lee has published over 120 peer review papers and over 200 papers in professional journals.



Keynote speech: Current developments in greenhouse robotics and challenges for the future


Dr. Jochen Hemming (1969) received his MSc degree in 1996 and a PhD degree in 2000 in Horticultural Science from

the University of Hannover, Germany. After that he started to work at the contract research part of

Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands.

In his current position as Senior Researcher Computer Vision and Robotics in Horticulture he works in large European projects on robotic harvesting and plant manipulation and is project leader of a number of national research projects.

His research is focused on developing new robotic and mechatronic solutions and on the optimization of existing concepts together with industry and international partners. Two key ingredients in this field are machine vision and artificial intelligence which are used to control robots, to sort, and to assess the quality of horticultural and food products and to detect pests and diseases. He is member of the EurAgEng and chair for the Sensors, Vision and Robotics Working Group under the Commission of Horticultural Engineering of the ISHS.

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