About the Author
Dionysis D Bochtis is the Director of the Institute for Bio-economy and Agri-technology (IBO), Center of Research and Technology - Hellas (CERTH) and member of the Board of Directors of CERTH. He also holds part time positions, including: Professor (Agri-Robotics) at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food technologies, University of Lincoln, UK, and Senior Scientist (Operations Management) at the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark. He holds a PhD in Fleet management in bio-production systems, a M.Sc. in Automation Control, and a B.Sc. in Exact Sciences (Physics). His primary research is Systems Engineering focused on bio-production and related provision systems including, both, conventional systems with enhanced ICT and automation technologies and fully robotized systems. He is the author of more than 250 articles (75 in peer reviewed journals) and has been invited for more than 20 key-note speeches around the globe. Claus Gron Sorensen is the Head of the Operations Management unit in the Dept. of Engineering, Aarhus University. He holds a Ph.D. in Production and Operations Management and has over 25 year experience in production and operations management, information modelling in terms of decision processes, type of information, system analysis, and simulation and modelling of technology use in agriculture. Research topics have included resource analyses and optimisations, integration of technical management evaluations for whole farm analyses and optimisations, the feasibility of introducing robotic systems in agriculture and the development of management information systems (e.g. FP7, FutureFarm). Dimitris Kateris is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Agriculture Engineering at the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus. He received his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2015, for his dissertation on "Intelligent system for fault diagnosis in agricultural tractor mechanical subsystems" He also holds M.Sc. degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2006 and two bachelor degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Water Resources from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2006) and Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly (1999), respectively.From 2012 to 2015 was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Agriculture Technology, Technological Instute of Epirus. From 2002 to 2011 was an Adjunct Lecturer in Agriculture Engineering at the Department of Biosystems Engineering, Technological Instute of Thessaly.He concentrates his scientific research in the areas of Agricultural Machinery, Nondestructive testing and evaluation, Fault diagnosis techniques in mechanical subsystems, Vibration Analysis, Acoustic Emission Analysis, Machine Condition Monitoring, Neural Networks (NN), Machinery and Power systems, Safety and Reliability in Agricultural Machinery, Automation and New Technologies in Agricultural Machinery, Status check using Neural Networks and Self-Organizing Maps, Support Vector Machines (SVM).