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Applied Intelligence

, Volume 49, Issue 11, pp 3821–3833 | Cite as

A spatio-semantic approach to reasoning about agricultural processes

  • Henning DeekenEmail author
  • Thomas Wiemann
  • Joachim Hertzberg
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Abstract

Digitization of agricultural processes is advancing fast as telemetry data from the involved machines becomes more and more available. Current approaches commonly have a machine-centric view that does not account for machine-machine or machine-environment relations. In this paper we demonstrate how to model such relations in the generic semantic mapping framework SEMAP. We describe how SEMAP’s core ontology is extended to represent knowledge about the involved machines and facilities in a typical agricultural domain. In the framework we combine different information layers – semantically annotated spatial data, semantic background knowledge and incoming sensor data – to derive qualitative spatial facts and continuously track them to generate process states and events about the ongoing logistic process of a harvesting campaign, which adds to an increased process understanding.

Keywords

Semantic mapping Environment modeling Ontologies Agriculture 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Work by Deeken is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the SOFiA project (Grant No. 01FJ15028). Work by Wiemann is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the framework of the BonaRes-initiative, project SoilAssist2 (Grant No. 031B0684D). The DFKI Osnabrück branch is supported by the state of Niedersachsen (VW-Vorab).

The support is gratefully acknowledged.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Knowledge-Based Systems GroupUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany
  2. 2.CLAAS E-Systems GmbHDissen a.T.W.Germany
  3. 3.DFKI Robotics Innovation CenterOsnabrück BranchOsnabrückGermany

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