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Alessandro Giusti, R&D Director, CyRIC will moderate the Session powered by CyRIC about smart farming solutions based on Photonics Technology at the Smart Farming Conference 2021.

Dr Alessandro Giusti is the R&D Director of CyRIC. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a PhD in Mechanical Systems Engineering from the Laboratory of Robotics, Politecnico di Milano.

His expertise extends to bio-photonics-based, automated analytical instrumentation, robotics, embedded systems design and integration, embedded electronics and the internet of things. He has been a leading member of the coordinating team of 7 EU-funded projects (H2020 and FP7) and participated in numerous EU and National projects in Cyprus, Greece and Italy. He has a track record of more than 25 publications in journals and conferences.

Interview

What drives you?
I have a passion for technology solutions that can help revolutionize the agri-food world, especially focusing on healthier, more qualitative and safe food, animals and ecosystem.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To see in practice how novel, bio-photonics-based technological solutions are changing the agri-food industry.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
New types of photonics-based biosensors.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Faster, more accurate and throughout the value chain (from farm to fork) screening of quality and safety charactrisitics of food/ soil/ water/ livestock samples.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Regulatory issues and proving the efficiency of such sensors.

CyRIC is a pioneering Cyprus-based company and a regional landmark of research, innovation and entrepreneurship. CyRIC provides professional Innovation and Research and Development services to both local and international customers specializing in the fields of product design, engineering and prototyping, electronics design, robotics, automated analytical instrumentation and software development. Moreover, a number of specialized consultancy and entrepreneurship services are offered to start-ups and SMEs helping them develop new innovative products, establish and expand their business and acquire funding and investments. CyRIC personnel accumulates vast experience in Research and Innovation projects with participation in numerous multimillion projects and hundreds of publications in journals and conferences.

CyRIC is the first Business Innovation Center (EU|BIC) in Cyprus, certified by the European Business Network (EBN) validating the range and quality of the innovation services provided to local SMEs as well as the incubation services (technical and business support) provided to start-ups. Since 2014, CyRIC has invested and incubated several start-ups and currently operates the only ICT Incubator in the country, called Gravity (http://gravity.ventures/). Many of CyRIC start-up’s and spin-offs incubated at Gravity have won local and international competitions & awards.

CyRIC is also the coordinator of the Cyprus Digital Innovation Hub (CyDI-Hub). The DIH is offering services to the local SMEs in the areas of robotics, technology for agriculture, manufacturing, IoT and more. The DIH is linked to multiple DIH networks around Europe. The hub is the only one in Cyprus that has been selected by the European Commission for receiving training through PwC to (further) develop our business plan and capitalize on best practices identified by other DIHs in Europe. The company has also been awarded by the European Business Awards as the National Champion in Innovation for 2015/16 in Cyprus.

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