Drones as a Gateway for Data Driven Agriculture: Synergies With Other Emergent Technologies (AI, Iot, Big Data)

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Dr. Ali Elbattay

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems are growing quickly to become strong tool and assets in smart agriculture. From on demand remote sensing/information products to carrying operations (e.g. spraying or pollination) they have proven to be a versatile and cost effective tool for better agriculture management and operations.

Various types of drones exist and can be easily deployed over small, medium and large farms or areas. ICBA intends to develop and implement and integrated system of IoT and drones based data into a GIS powered AI

Dr. Ali Elbattay is Senior Scientist in Remote Sensing and Drone Technology. He is concurrently Chief Innovation Officer at the first company specializing in drone solutions in Dubai – Falcon Eye Drones. He joined ICBA in September 2018. Prior to that, he held various academic positions at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia, and the Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain where he was promoted to the Academic Rank of Associate Professor - Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics in 2017. He is author and co-author of more than 50 publications and recipient of several international awards, including for the best scientific paper at the 4th IGGC conference in 2015 and for the spatially-enabled mobile application at the GISWORX conference in 2014. He supervised over 35 students (Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc.) and managed a number of international research grants. In 2015, he initiated the project titled “Drones for Geomatics – Capacity-Building Initiative by the Arabian Gulf University”. In March 2017, he was the project leader for the first international course and workshop titled “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry” in Dubai.

Dr. Ali Elbattay is the co-chairperson of "Drones Synergies", the aspiring biggest international conference and capacity-building event in the Gulf region dedicated to drones and artificial intelligence, geomatics and smart agriculture, etc.

He holds a Ph.D. in remote sensing specialization from the University of Quebec, Canada.