5G ecosystem towards smarter and sustainable agriculture: opportunities and challenges

The increasing population in the world forces humans to improve farm yields using advanced farming methods. Rising pressure on ecosystems, such as climate change and soil erosion, is affecting farming today. Thus, the shift towards precision sustainable agriculture is key in addressing environmental challenges and in unlocking unseized market potential. Precision agriculture/farming embodies agriculture practices adaptation towards maximum crop yield using minimum resources like water, fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Adding new technologies to provide integrated and tailored solutions for farmers as well as driving digitalization and sustainability will be at the core of transforming the crop science industry. Technological advances in 5G and IoT coupled with artificial intelligence (AI)-based programming will play a fundamental role in achieving the prospected increased production requirements. The implementation of those technologies in agriculture encounters many challenging issues at several levels including not only the technical issues but also entailing various finance, operation, and management ones. 

The objective of this vertical track of the IEEE 5G WF, is to provide a platform for communications and collaboration between industry, government and research communities on the state-of-the-art in the role of 5G technology in enabling smart sustainable agriculture across Canada and internationally. The objective is to provide a clear picture of where we are today, where we are heading with the future of humankind and how 5G can serve as an accelerator in making sustainable agriculture a common reality across the globe. The track shall have distinguished speakers from IoT & 5G & AI, agriculture industry domains sharing their perspectives covering the cross-cutting topics around the 5G & sustainable agriculture interplay.

Keynote Address

Session 1: 5G, Edge and AI to accelerate digital transformation in sustainable agriculture

4 speakers to be invited – Candidates have been identified

Session 2: Agritech industry implementations  

4 speakers to be invited – Candidates have been identified

Keynote Panel Discussion 

4 panelists to be invited – Candidates have been identified


Halima Elbiaze (Senior Member, IEEE) is currently a full Professor with the Department of Computer Science, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada, where has been serving since 2003. She is also serving as assistant director of LATECE Research lab on emerging Internet Technologies. Her research interests include B5G networks, IoT, cloud/Edge computing, and quality of service management in optical and wireless networks. Halima has authored and coauthored many journals, patents, and conference papers. Currently, her research is at the intersection between emerging technologies and its application in connected health, sustainable agriculture, and other segments to improve quality of life, equity, and inclusion in eco-friendly environments.  

Abdoulaye Banire Diallo is a Professor and Director of the Bioinformatics Lab at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He is also a co-founder and Chief Scientist of at My Intelligent Machines (MIMs). Currently, Abdoulaye’s research is at the intersection between bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and genomics. He is developing technologies that empower life scientists in the health and agrigenomics sectors to address important questions by providing algorithms and machine learning methods to detect, study and monitor pathogens in epidemiological surveillance, to include genomic precision in livestock production models, and to model and monitor biodiversity in agriculture and forestry. He also provides Artificial Intelligent -powered technologies to help deliver to life science communities an easy-to-use and integrated genomic informed solutions.

Colleen Josephson is a research scientist in distributed edge within the CTO office at VMware. She is also co-chair of the Green G working group within the ATIS Next G Alliance. Her research interests include wireless communications and sensing, with a focus on technologies to enable sustainability. Her most recent work focuses on agricultural sensing. Colleen completed her PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where she was named 2020 Rising Star in EECS. Before beginning her PhD, she worked at Cisco Meraki as a wireless engineer. 


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