The main objective of INSPIRE's research is to respond to issues relating to sustainable resources management. This is achieved by designing innovative processes and systems that combine technological progress and environmental quality.
The work draws on comprehensive and rigorous assessment of potential technological scenarios, combined with understanding of the activation mechanisms in these production schemas, whether agricultural (manure spreading, phytosanitary treatment, machinery consumption), energy (biomass or use of organic matter as a resource) or environmental.
The work is also enriched by increased awareness of human factors, both for human safety and health, influence on the environmental performance of the systems studied, as well as management and decision-making support tools.
Context and issues in society
Faced with the challenges of food shortage and climatic change, leading to major changes in production practices and methods, ecotechnological innovation and development is required.
The aim of INSPIRE's research is to promote economic development reconciling 'environmental quality' with ‘agricultural production’ by using the assets and resources in territories.
Beyond agricultural technology, the expertise and skills developed currently apply to new problems involving the re-use of resources (organic matter from various sources), production development and use of rural areas, favouring a more integrated tools and systems approach.
Scientific questions and issues
INSPIRE's research is structured by a comprehensive rationale, which amounts to characterising the environment and components handled, understanding how technological systems work and designing more efficient environmental and safety innovations. For agriculture, this approach is expressed by developing tools for the perception of environmental factors (sensors, etc.), for optimising the performance and functioning of machinery and for management (guidance, etc.) and decision-making (cartography, etc.) support.
As a complement to this 'traditional' research system, new fields of investigation are being added to devise the production of tomorrow's world. This requires us to strengthen the environmental assessment centre initiated as part of the previous strategic plan. In order to stimulate technological innovation processes, the research unit is developing a research line dedicated to new design-support tools. Original and innovative research is being carried out to model the behaviour of operators, both for agro-equipment safety and to limit health risks. A final aspect of our research involves developing decision-making support tools to optimise the use of technology and other input.
- Agrosystem technology and information systems
- Agro-equipment safety and performance technology
- Agro-process Information and technology - ITAP joint research unit
Jean michel Roger
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