Ana Antunes

Agronomist, SmartRural S.L

Ana Antunes (Female) has a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy by the University of Évora (Portugal). After finishing her degree, she applied for an Erasmus Internship in Smartrural and in this company she did a 6 months internship where she had the opportunity to collaborate in R&D projects for private companies working in studies such as seed potential analysis and biofertilizers tests and other projects on crop motorization with using data obtained from RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft). For this period her work mainly focused on remote sensing techniques for precision agriculture and geographic information systems. After finishing the internship the opportunity to stay in Smartrural has arisen, and she stayed in there working in the same department working in Data Science projects. For the last two years she has been collaborating on projects for data collection and analysis. She has carried out hundreds of field samplings, analyzing crops with the appropriate equipments and throughout this period she has improved her ability to interpret the state of a crop through its in situ observation and using remote sensing techniques. Her agronomic and geographic information systems training allowed her to apply her remote sensing techniques for the improvement of precision agriculture by analyzing and interpreting results. Currently, she has been collaborating in other European projects such as AI4EU

Ana is speaking at

Application Track 3 - Data Driven AI solutions
November 5, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


  • Nuria Lama (Parallel session chair) European Programmes Manager, Member of the Board of Directors of BDVA, Atos Research and Innovation
  • Ana Antunes (Speaker) Agronomist, SmartRural S.L
  • Giorgio Micheletti (Speaker) Consulting Director, IDC
  • Arne Berre (Speaker) SINTEF and NorwAI
  • Ioanna Roussaki (Speaker) Assistant Professor, National Technical University of Athens
  • Panos Ilias (Speaker) IT Business Analyst - DjustConnect, ILVO
  • Sander Janssen (Speaker) Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Team lead Earth Informatics
  • Luisa Volpe (Speaker) Head of Policy Development, World Farmers Organisation
  • Rita Gentili (Speaker) Coldiretti


The agrifood sector is one of the most important in Europe, not only because of its contribution to the economy, but also because of its relevance for rural areas, preservation of the environment or impact on citizens’ health. As many other industrial sectors, in the last years it has been increasingly adopting digital technologies. Many challenges still exist in its data-driven transformation, but it is very important that ongoing efforts are recognized and used as baseline for future developments. Large scale deployments of IoT devices have produced a vast amount of data; data models of the domain have been extended, and progress has been made in terms of data sharing and digital platforms for data integration and analytics. In addition, advances in robotics, image recognition and other disciplines are paving the way towards innovative AI-based applications.

This session will build on previous discussions about challenges but will focus specifically on creating awareness about the work done so far in data-related technologies for the agrifood domain. This concept gives us the opportunity to create links between different approaches, initiatives and projects working in the domains of big data, IoT and AI. Furthermore, we want to avoid a discussion focused exclusively in technology, as seen and “sold” by technologists. The session will give voice to the farmers and will drive a lively discussion that will undoubtedly inspire and help all the participants involved or interested in the agrifood sector.

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