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Smart Farming Technology Research Center (SFTRC)

Smart Farming Technology Research Centre

 

ABOUT US

Smart Farming Technology Research Centre (SFTRC), UPM, has been involved in researches on the farming management concept using modern technology to increase the quantity and quality of agricultural products. The research centre addresses a wide spectrum of topics in recent agricultural engineering and technologies development including appropriate mechanisation; agricultural automation; smart cultivation practices; green and zero waste technology; GPS/GIS; remote sensing; soil scanning; agricultural informatics; and Internet of Things technologies. The centre had made significant contribution in this area including the establishment of an ICT centre called Smart Farming Community Centre in Tanjung Karang Selangor supported by the ICT section of the Ministry of Science & Innovation in 2005. At the centre, the researchers teach farmers in the community how to use computers and use ICT to manage their farm. They’ve created a custom website where the farmers can access fertility maps for their fields and track their activities throughout the growing season. Through this program, about 30 farmers in Tanjung Karang are enrolled in the centre’s precision program. And in the nine years since the project began, the area has upped production from 4 metric tons per hectare (the national average) to more than 6 metric tons per hectare. The group has published more than 568 articles in prestigious journals over the past ten years. It has successfully produced 539 postgraduates in smart farming studies. The group has conducted contract research worth millions of ringgit at national and international level particularly in agricultural engineering and precision agriculture researches.

 

VISION

To lead the charge in enhancing technological advancement in precision agriculture

 

MISSION

To build innovative technological solutions and services in agriculture through advanced researches; development efforts; and technological diffusion in engineering and sciences

 

RESEARCH AREA

Precision Agriculture

 

STAFF

No.

Name

Email

1.

Mr. Ezrin Husin

ezrin@upm.edu.my

 

 

KEY RESEARCHERS

 

No.

Name

Email

1.

Professor Ir. Dr. Desa Ahmad

desa@upm.edu.my

2.

Profesor Dr. Abdul Rashid b. Mohamed Shariff

rashidpls@upm.edu.my

3.

Associate Professor Dr. Samsuzana Abd Aziz

samsuzana@upm.edu.my

4.

Associate Professor Dr. Siti Khairuniza Bejo

skbjeo@upm.edu.my

5.

Associate Professor Dr. Norhashila Hashim

norhashila@upm.edu.my

6.

Associate Professor Dr. Hasfalina bt. Che Man

hasfalina@upm.edu.my

7.

Dr. Aimrun Wayayok

aimrun@upm.edu.my

8.

Dr. Muhammad Razif b. Mahadi

razifman@upm.edu.my

9.

Dr. Nazmi Mat Nawi

nazmimat@upm.edu.my

 

RESEARCH FACILITIES

N-Sensor

New Holland Tractor

 

GPS Receivers (RTK, DGPS, Handheld)

Veris EC Sensor

 

Penetrologger

River Profiler and Catamaran

Keyence Color Vision System

Multiprobe Water Quality Sensor

Liquid Dielectric Test Fixture (16452A Keysight)

Dielectric Test Fixture (1645B Keysight)

UAV for crop minitoring


 

ACTIVE RESEARCH GRANTS

No.

Project Leader

Research Title

Date Start

Date End

Approved Amount

(RM)

1

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Samsuzana Abd Aziz

Management and Information System for Hydroponic Culture System

2019

2020

RM122,500

2

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Samsuzana Abd Aziz

Utilization of Smartphone and Cloud Computing to Determine Nitrogen Status Based on Chlorophyll Content of Plant Leaf

2019

2020

RM25,000

3

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Samsuzana Abd Aziz

Development of Energy-efficient, Long-range Communication System for Environmental Monitoring using Low Power Wide Area Networks for Internet of Things

2018

2019

RM119,000

4

Dr. Md Rowshon Kamal

Development of Climate-Smart Irrigation Scheduling For IADA KETARA Irrigation Scheme

2018

2019

RM 20,000

5

Dr. Nazmi Mat Nawi

Measurement of Field Performance for Different Machinery Used In Rice Production and Their Effects on Soil Compaction

2018

2020

RM25,000

6

Dr. Diyana Jamaludin

 

LED Supplemental Lighting in Rockmelon Production For Building Integrated Agriculture

2018

2020

RM60,000

7

Prof Dr. Azmi Yahya

Optimum Waterwheel Design for Power Generation in A Primary Irrigation Canal Of A Rice Scheme Area

2018

2020

RM25,000

8

Prof Dr. Azmi Yahya

Traction Performances of Off-Road Floatation Tires Running On Low Bearing Capacity Terrain

2018

2020

RM25,000

9

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norhashila Hashim

Kelulut Honey As Edible Coating For Quality Preservation And Shelf Life Extension Of Carica Papaya L

2018

2020

RM25,000

10

Dr. Nazmi Mat Nawi

Determination of Optimum Drying Conditions of Mobile Dryer For Malaysian Field Corn Production

2018

2020

RM50,000

11

Dr. Mohamad Firdza Bin Mohamad Shukery

Optimal Planning Of Biomass Facility for Sustainable Oil Palm Biomass Management

2018

2020

RM58,000

12

Dr. Muhammad Hazwan Bin Hamzah

Co-Digestion of Pineapple Waste for Mesophilic Bio-Methane Production

2018

2020

RM60,000

13

Dr. Sharence A/L Nai Sowat

Design of Lightweight Cutting and Gear Mechanism for Harvesting Of Oil Palm Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB)

2018

2020

RM60,000

14

Dr. Mahirah Jahari

Machine Vision System for Rice Quality Evaluation Using Fluorescence Technique

2018

2020

. RM60,000

 

 

PUBLICATION LIST FOR 2018

No.

Authors

Tittle

Journal

Vol

Iss-

ue

Page Start

Page End

1

Onwude D.I., Hashim N., Abdan K., Janius R., Chen G., Kumar C.

Modelling of coupled heat and mass transfer for combined infrared and hot-air drying of sweet potato

Journal of Food Engineering

228

 

12

24

2

Razak J.A.B.A., Shariff A.R.B.M., Ahmad N.B., Ibrahim Sameen M.

Mapping rubber trees based on phenological analysis of Landsat time series data-sets

Geocarto International

33

6

627

650

3

Asim M., Jawaid M., Abdan K., Ishak M.R.

The Effect of Silane Treated Fibre Loading on Mechanical Properties of Pineapple Leaf/Kenaf Fibre Filler Phenolic Composites

Journal of Polymers and the Environment

26

4

1520

1527

4

Onwude D.I., Hashim N., Abdan K., Janius R., Chen G.

The potential of computer vision, optical backscattering parameters and artificial neural network modelling in monitoring the shrinkage of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) during drying

Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

98

4

1310

1324

5

Khosrokhani M., Khairunniza-Bejo S., Pradhan B.

Geospatial technologies for detection and monitoring of Ganoderma basal stem rot infection in oil palm plantations: a review on sensors and techniques

Geocarto International

33

3

260

276

6

Sowat S.N., Wan Ismail W.I., Mahadi M.R., Bejo S.K., Kassim M.S.M.

Trend in the development of oil palm fruit harvesting technologies in Malaysia

Jurnal Teknologi

80

2

83

91

7

Ilahi W.F.F., Ahmad D., Husain M.C.

Correction to: Effects of Root Zone Cooling on Butterhead Lettuce Grown in Tropical Conditions in a Coir-Perlite Mixture (Horticulture, Environment, and Biotechnology, (2017), 58, 1, (1-4), 10.1007/s13580-017-0123-3)

Horticulture Environment and Biotechnology

59

1

139

140

8

Khaled A.Y., Abd Aziz S., Bejo S.K., Nawi N.M., Seman I.A., Onwude D.I.

Early detection of diseases in plant tissue using spectroscopy–applications and limitations

Applied Spectroscopy Reviews

53

1

36

64

9

Khaled A.Y., Abd Aziz S., Rokhani F.Z., Ibrahim N.U.A.

Interdigitated electrode for degradation assessment of palm olein during batch deep fat frying

Transactions of the ASABE

61

1

15

24

10

Khaled A.Y., Abd Aziz S., Bejo S.K., Nawi N.M., Abu Seman I.

Spectral features selection and classification of oil palm leaves infected by Basal stem rot (BSR) disease using dielectric spectroscopy

Computers and Electronics in Agriculture

144

 

297

309

11

Ali M.M., Janius R.B., Nawi N.M., Hashim N.

Prediction of total soluble solids and pH in banana using near infrared spectroscopy

Journal of Engineering Science and Technology

13

1

254

264

12

Hashim N., Adebayo S.E., Abdan K., Hanafi M.

Comparative study of transform-based image texture analysis for the evaluation of banana quality using an optical backscattering system

Postharvest Biology and Technology

135

 

38

50

13

Zin M.H., Abdan K., Norizan M.N., Mazlan N.

The effects of alkali treatment on the mechanical and chemical properties of banana fibre and adhesion to epoxy resin

Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology

26

1

161

176

14

Lin M.G., Lasekan O., Saari N., Khairunniza-Bejo S.

Effect of chitosan and carrageenan-based edible coatings on post-harvested longan (Dimocarpus longan) fruits [Efecto de los recubrimientos comestibles a base de chitosano y carragenano en los frutos de longan (Dimocarpus longan) después de la cosecha]

CYTA - Journal of Food

16

1

490

497

15

Asim M., Jawaid M., Abdan K., Ishak M.R., Alothman O.Y.

Effect of Hybridization on the Mechanical Properties of Pineapple Leaf Fiber/Kenaf Phenolic Hybrid Composites

Journal of Renewable Materials

6

1

38

46

16

Shamshiri R.R., Kalantari F., Ting K.C., Thorp K.R., Hameed I.A., Weltzien C., Ahmad D., Shad Z.M.

Advances in greenhouse automation and controlled environment agriculture: A transition to plant factories and urban agriculture

International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

11

1

1

22

17

Onwude D.I., Hashim N., Abdan K., Janius R., Chen G.

Combination of computer vision and backscattering imaging for predicting the moisture content and colour changes of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) during drying

Computers and Electronics in Agriculture

150

 

178

187

18

Ahmadzadeh Araji H., Wayayok A., Massah Bavani A., Amiri E., Abdullah A.F., Daneshian J., Teh C.B.S.

Impacts of climate change on soybean production under different treatments of field experiments considering the uncertainty of general circulation models

Agricultural Water Management

205

 

63

71

19

Mo'allim A.A., Kamal M.R., Muhammed H.H., Yahaya N.K.E.M., Zawawe M.A.B.M., Man H.C., Wayayok A.

An assessment of the vertical movement of water in a flooded paddy rice field experiment using Hydrus-1D

Water (Switzerland)

10

6

 

 

20

Mo'allim A.A., Kamal M.R., Muhammed H.H., Soom M.A.M., Zawawi M.A.B.M., Wayayok A., Man H.C.

Assessment of nutrient leaching in flooded paddy rice field experiment using hydrus-1D

Water (Switzerland)

10

6

 

 

21

Onwude D.I., Hashim N., Abdan K., Janius R., Chen G.

Investigating the influence of novel drying methods on sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.): Kinetics, energy consumption, color, and microstructure

Journal of Food Process Engineering

41

4

 

 

22

Hashim N., Onwude D.I., Osman M.S.

Evaluation of Chilling Injury in Mangoes Using Multispectral Imaging

Journal of Food Science

83

5

1271

1279

23

Al-Aqeeli Y.H., Abd Aziz S., Yusuf B., Wayayok A.

Evaluation of single reservoir performance for flood risk reduction using a developed simulation model: Case study of Makhoul reservoir

Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology

26

2

571

584

24

Norizan M.N., Abdan K., Salit M.S., Mohamed R.

The effect of alkaline treatment on the mechanical properties of treated sugar palm yarn fibre reinforced unsaturated polyester composites reinforced with different fibre loadings of sugar palm fibre

Sains Malaysiana

47

4

699

705

25

Shamshiri R.R., Jones J.W., Thorp K.R., Ahmad D., Man H.C., Taheri S.

Review of optimum temperature, humidity, and vapour pressure deficit for microclimate evaluation and control in greenhouse cultivation of tomato: A review

International Agrophysics

32

2

287

302

26

Khaled A.Y., Abd Aziz S., Khairunniza Bejo S., Mat Nawi N., Abu Seman I., Izzuddin M.A.

Development of classification models for basal stem rot (BSR) disease in oil palm using dielectric spectroscopy

Industrial Crops and Products

124

 

99

107

27

Onwude D.I., Hashim N., Abdan K., Janius R., Chen G.

Modelling the mid-infrared drying of sweet potato: kinetics, mass and heat transfer parameters, and energy consumption

Heat and Mass Transfer/Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung

54

10

2917

2933

28

Abdulsalam M., Man H.C., Idris A.I., Yunos K.F., Abidin Z.Z.

Treatment of palm oil mill effluent using membrane bioreactor: Novel processes and their major drawbacks

Water (Switzerland)

10

9

 

 

29

Alias A.H., Tahir P.M., Abdan K., Salit M.S., Wahab M.S., Saiman M.P.

Evaluation of kenaf yarn properties as affected by different linear densities for woven fabric laminated composite production

Sains Malaysiana

47

8

1853

1860

30

Ng J.L., Abd Aziz S., Huang Y.F., Wayayok A., Rowshon M.

Generation of a stochastic precipitation model for the tropical climate

Theoretical and Applied Climatology

133

1-Feb

489

509

31

Jayaselan H.A.J., Ismail W.I.W., Nawi N.M., Shariff A.R.M.

Determination of the optimal pre-processing technique for spectral data of oil palm leaves with respect to nutrient

Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology

26

3

1169

1182

32

Hilal Y.Y., Ishak W., Yahya A., Asha’ari Z.H.

Development of genetic algorithm for optimization of yield models in oil palm production

Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research

78

2

228

237

33

Khairunnniza-Bejo S., Ramli N., Muharam F.M.

Wireless sensor network (WSN) applications in plantation canopy areas: A review

Asian Journal of Scientific Research

11

2

151

161

34

Shamshiri R.R., Weltzien C., Hameed I.A., Yule I.J., Grift T.E., Balasundram S.K., Pitonakova L., Ahmad D., Chowdhary G.

Research and development in agricultural robotics: A perspective of digital farming

International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

11

4

1

14

35

Aisyah H.A., Paridah M.T., Khalina A., Sapuan S.M., Wahab M.S., Berkalp O.B., Lee C.H., Lee S.H.

Effects of fabric counts and weave designs on the properties of LaminatedWoven Kenaf/Carbon fibre reinforced epoxy hybrid composites

Polymers

10

12

 

 

36

Baharudin M.R., Nasruddin H.N., Rahman A.A., Mahadi M.R., Noor S.B.M.

Numerical model for individual time calculation for evacuation among secondary students

International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

36

5

450

470

37

Abdulsalam M., Man H.C., Idris A.I., Abidin Z.Z., Yunos K.F.

The pertinence of microwave irradiated coconut shell bio-sorbent for wastewater decolourization: Structural morphology and adsorption optimization using the response surface method (RSM)

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

15

10

 

 

38

Onwude D.I., Hashim N., Abdan K., Janius R., Chen G.

Numerical modeling of radiative heat and mass transfer for sweet potato during drying

Journal of Food Processing and Preservation

42

10

 

 

39

Rowshon M.K., Iqbal M., Mojid M.A., Amin M.S.M., Lai S.H.

Optimization of equitable irrigation water delivery for a large-scale rice irrigation scheme

International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

11

5

160

166

40

Hamzah N.H.C., Yahya A., Man H.C., Baharuddin A.S.

Effect of pretreatments on compost production from shredded oil palm empty fruit bunch with palm oil mill effluent anaerobic sludge and chicken manure

BioResources

13

3

4998

5012

41

Jayaselan H.A.J., Nawi N.M., Ismail W.I.W., Mehdizadeh S.A.

Application of artificial neural network classification to determine nutrient content in oil palm leaves

Applied Engineering in Agriculture

34

3

497

504

 

 

ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED IN 2018

  1. Series of Smart Farming Workshops
  2. Knowledge Transfer Programs:

Knowledge transfer program at Smart Community Centre at Sawah Sepadan, Selangor

 

Knowledge Transfer on urban farming at Maybank Academy

Rooftop farming using drip fertigation

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Research Field Visits:

 

Research trip to an aquaculture farm in Penang

 

Research trip to a hydroponic farm in Genting

 

A research field trip to see chemical spraying using UAV at Tanjung Karang Selangor

 

 

CONTACT INFO

Associate Prof. Dr. Samsuzana Abd Aziz,

Head,

Smart farming Technology Research Center,

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering,

Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Email: samsuzana@upm.edu.my Tel: +603-9769 4326

 

Updated:: 28/08/2019 [m_zulfadhli]

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