Advanced Sensor Application (ASA)

Executive Board:

Chair: Stefan Gerth, Fraunhofer (IIS), Germany

Co-Chair: Robert Koller, Forschungszentrum Juelich (IBG-2), Germany

Secretary: Jennifer Clarke , University Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), USA


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Goals of the Advanced Sensor Application (ASA) Working Group

This working group will focus on the topic of advanced sensor technology. Very often, the complexity of sensors like CT or MRT is reduced to act like a simple imaging device. However, the performance of the quality of a physical sensor is linked to the parameterization for a specific task and relying on standard operation procedures does not leverage from the full potential of the sensor. All of these sensors demand for a distinct technological background to operate them in a sweet spot between throughput and data quality. Due to the huge diversity in shapes, densities, environmental conditions and locations plant phenotyping is very challenging for complex technologies. At the same time, these technologies are offering huge benefits and unique insights for phenotyping.
Thus, the primary goal of the working group is to further exploit sensor technologies for application in plant phenotyping and establish best practices. Over this, the working group will actively discuss existing and emerging technologies and associated issues within plant science, including other scientific disciplines and industry. This direct communication line will foster synergies between the phenotyping community and technology developers / providers. Additionally, the members of the WG are starting or adapting training courses dedicated for plant phenotyping using advanced sensor application.

the scope is clearly set to technological advanced exploitation and application of technology and not the Deep Phenotyping by itself.

  • Additionally, the aspect of guided sampling was brought into the WG by Thomas Altman to be an important aspect for sensor development in the future


  • The sensors of interest for the beginning where: NMR (Robert Koller), Hyperspectral Imaging (Xavier Sirault), Computed Tomography (Stefan Gerth), Fluorescence imaging (David Rousseau)


  • For the community participation, a focus of the WG will be to talk about what is not working and why and to organize plant conferences at venues with non-destructive testing background to leverage from the multi disciplinarily of the event.


  • An important part in the Advanced Sensor Application WG will be the participation of technology developers and providers. Also the possibility to integrate them directly within the WG activities.