6 Aarhus University – AU

Aarhus University, Department of Engineering, Operations Management group https://eng.au.dk/en/research/electrical-and-computer-engineering/control-and-automation/operations-management/

Team in O+

Dr Claus Grøn Sørensen. Claus leading WP MODEL. He is a Senior Scientist/Head of Research Unit in the Operations Management division of the Department of Engineering. He holds a PhD in Production and Operations Management. He has over 25 year experience in production and operations management, decision analysis, information modelling, system analysis, and simulation and modelling of technology application in agriculture. Research topics include resource analyses and optimisations, whole farm analyses and optimisations, the feasibility of introducing innovative technologies systems in agriculture, development of management information systems and smart farming applications (e.g. FP7 projects like FutureFarm and SmartAgriFood2). He has participated (as project coordinator, WP leader, and partner coordinator) in multiple international projects. He is the author of more than 350 articles in peer reviewed Journals and conference proceedings. He is currently the Danish representative on the Executive Council of the European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EugAgEng), past-chairman for CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural Engineering) Section V on System Management, and currently the President of EurAgEng (European Society of Agricultural Engineers). http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Claus_Sorensen3

Dr Michael Nørremark. Assistant professor in the Operations Management division of the Department of Engineering. The main focus of research has been on theory and applications in the area of applied agricultural precision agriculture with a special emphasis on developing novel integrated machinery systems and smart farming systems. He is currently responsible for a research project on innovative and organic crop cultivation systems in cooperating targeted decision support systems, cost-benefit, and sustainability assessment. Other projects include GeoWebAgri (Geospatial ICT infrastructure for agricultural machines and FMIS in planning and operation of smart farming technologies and systems), and ‘WEEDS’ developing technologies and systems for automatic intra-row weeding in organic row crops. The list of publications includes 40+ publications covering in peer reviewed journals and conferences. http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/michael.norremark@agrsci.dk

Dr Allan Leck Jensen. Senior Scientist in the Department of Engineering – Operations Management Unit. Applied Information and Communication Technology. Implementation of agricultural research results in operational applications on pc, pda or mobile. Internet based collaboration. Decision support under uncertainty. Object-oriented modelling. Online dynamic databases. Responsibility for the technical and scientific development of a range of operational applications: PlanteInfo.dk: The first Danish web platform for farmers and agricultural advisors with weather forecasts and weather-driven forecasts about risk of pests and diseases, irrigation, harvest forecasts etc. (1996-2010). SortInfo.dk and SortsValg: Online database with variety data for most relevant Danish field crops. SortsValg is a decision support tool on top of the database ranking the varieties after preferences set by the user GroFrIT.dk: Web tool for simultaneous production planning, management and documentation for the supply chain of fruit and vegetables NP-Risikokort.dk: Web-based GIS tool to plan the optimal land areas for phosphorus mitigation of the environment MoVeTracker: Tool for decentralised communication between collaborating field machines with cellular networks, applied to optimise maize and grass harvest. http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Allan_Leck_Jensen

Dr Jens Grønbech Hansen. is scientist in the Department of Agroecology, expert in agro-meteorology, potato late blight epidemiology and development of decision support systems. He is coordinator of EuroBlight and WP leader on DSS in the ongoing IPMBlight2.0. He is manager of the database and web tools development for the Global Rust Reference Centre hosted by AU, using the same ICT framework supporting EuroBlight and the IPMBlight2.0 project.

About The Universität Hohenheim

Aarhus University (AU) was founded in 1928. It has 37.500 students; about 1.900 PhD students – of which one in four has a foreign nationality – and close to 700 postdoctoral scholars together with 8,000 employees. AU covers the entire research spectrum and a range of international master and doctoral programs. Specifically, the Department of Engineering/Operations Management Unit carries out research and teaching in the fields of biosystems engineering as well as innovative technologies to be applied in industrial production and bio- production system. The Graduate School of Science and Technology stimulates talent development and offers courses in research disciplines and training of various skills, like transferable skills and public outreach. AU, and specifically the Department of Engineering, has a strong record of private industry cooperation/supervising industrial PhD’s and facilitated by the AU Technology Transfer Office. The Department of Engineering at Aarhus University involves 4 sections including within each section a number of research groups with an overall staff of 170 employees. Specific research groups’ carries out research in the fields of system engineering, operations analysis and optimisation, environmental engineering and innovative technologies, to be applied in specific production systems. The Operations Management group of the Dept. of Engineering embraces the overall concept of systems engineering involving research, development and implementation of planning, control and application technologies for the precision treatment of plants and other production entities as well as efficient data collection and documentation methods for the production traceability. There is research into new production principles concerning the application of mathematical/physical models, decision support systems for operations and task management, design and implementation of information technology and communication and other innovative technologies. Additional, new products and production methods are evaluated in terms of sustainability, feasibility, etc. Specifically, the research methods and applications have been targeting organic production systems in terms of optimised plant care systems, optimised feeding and manuring systems, etc. as part of sustainability engineering, an important aspect includes the evaluation of innovative technologies in terms of sustainability indicators like environmental impact, operational efficiency, and economic feasibility. This also involves Multi Stakeholder Analysis: weighting, scaling, trade-offs; Technology assessment: functionality, user friendliness, risk analysis, implementation, validation; Life Cycle Assessment: climate change, resources, energy, toxicity; and Risk Analysis: frequency, severity, probability, acceptability. AU is a multi‐disciplinary university and the Department of Agroecology (AGRO) is part of the Faculty for Science and Technology. The department has a strong background in all aspects of crop management including integrated management of weed, diseases and pests, cropping systems, crop physiology, soil conservation and nutrient management. The department has a total staff of 250 including 61 PhD students. In 2016, the department published 260 peer-reviewed international articles. Integrated pest management, IPM and modelling is one of the research areas in which the Department of Agroecology is particularly strong The department host the Global Rust Reference Centre (wheatrust.org) that is a key player in the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (globalrust.org) and is one of three coordinators of EuroBlight – a potato late blight network for Europe.