Italian Delegation Università La Sapienza Roma at FIU

Presentation CROPP Project and possibilities of collaboration with FIU

Event co-organized by The Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, FIU, European and Eurasian Studies Program, School of Computing and Information Sciences, Department of Earth and Environment, Agroecology Program School of Environment, Art & Society, Southeast Environment Research Center and Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Center.

CROPP Project – Networking Event

  • Friday, September 4th, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Presentation CROPP Project and possibilities of collaboration with FIU
      Florida International University – MMC – 11200 SW 8th Street – ECS 349 – Miami, Florida 33199
    • Program
  • Friday, September 4th, 2015 – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    • Presentation CROPP Project
      University of Miami Physics Library, Knight Physics Building 1320 Campo Sano Ave., Coral Gables. FL. 33146
    • Program

The Miami Scientific Italian Community (MSIC) introduces a delegation of 9 students from the Sapienza University in Rome who won the first selection for a NASA competition amongst over 150 universities worldwide and will receive a price at the US Embassy in Rome – the sponsor of the event. They will now participate to the final selection for which they produced a video selected from NASA as the winner of “Galactic impact” category.

Their project (http://cropp.herokuapp.com) aims at developing a way to monitor and control key parameters of the health of agriculture systems, relying on the combined collection of data with in situ sensors and satellite imaging data to help predict long term and on a large scale the yield of harvest. Thanks to the World EXPO 2015 held in Milan, this year the Agribusiness sector has been particularly hot and visible.

It is tangible that innovation in this area are highly competitive on the current marketplace globally. The students have also presented a functioning prototype of the sensor for in situ data collection.

Obviously, the optimization of the “Earth Observation” system for processing and analysis of satellite imaging data will be useful to rely on technical support, due to the complex subject matter. They have already established contacts with the European Space Agency (ESA) at ESRIN in Frascati, Italy, where ESA’s Center for Earth Monitoring is located.

As you can surmise, they are talented and very motivated students. Due the strike of initial success, they are now creating a Star-up company at their University. The students have been invited by NASA to visit the Kennedy Space Center on September 2nd 2015 for a scheduled rocket launch.

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