Maria Culman

Maria Culman
KU Leuven | ku leuven · Faculty of Bioscience Engineering

Master of Science
Ph.D. scholar

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Introduction
I am a digital-agriculture passionate and a data-driven agronomy believer. For that, I have completed multidisciplinary research and development in both the Internet of Things and Data Fusion to generate solutions that provide actionable information to farmers. Last year, I completed my Master in Telematics under a scholarship from the Colombian Center of Excellence and Adoption on the Internet of Things (CEA-IoT). Moreover, I feel actively interested in following my research career in Data Science applied to data-driven methods for Precision agriculture.

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Phoenix palms cover more than 1.3 million hectares in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and North Africa regions and they represent highly valued assets for economic, environmental, and cultural purposes. Despite their importance, information on the number of palm trees and the palm distribution across different scenes is difficult to obtain and, the...
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In order to achieve optimum yields in oil palm, management practices should be tailored to the crop site agro-ecological conditions. Nevertheless, oil palm farmers often have to make decisions based on a limited knowledge base. Considering that water management is a critical aspect of oil palm crops, this paper describes an inference method for irr...
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This paper reviews agro-industrial and environmental applications that are using Internet of Things (IoT). It is motivated by the need to identify application areas, trends, architectures and open challenges in these two fields. The underlying survey was developed following a systematic literature review using academic documents written in English...
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In this paper, a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) solution is proposed for soil’s condition measurement to monitor oil palm plantations (PalmNET) according to agricultural meteorological practices. The PalmNET monitoring system is composed by a WSN used for in-field soil’s condition measurement and a web-server interface for data visualization. PalmNE...
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This paper presents a novel approach to identify and geolocate nutrient deficiencies in oil-palm plantations using a mobile application. The process starts when the user captures an image of an oil-palm leaf with the integrated camera of an Android smart device. Then, the application processes and classifies the image into four categories correspon...
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This paper presents a novel approach to identify and geolocate nutrient deficiencies in oil-palm plantations using a mobile application. The process starts when the user captures an image of an oil-palm leaf with the integrated camera of an Android smart device. Then, the application processes and classifies the image into four categories correspon...
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This paper presents the development of a system to monitor and geo-reference noise in urban environments using the Internet-of-ings (IoT). The system intends to help control agencies and citizens to monitor noise using smart devices and services available on the Cloud for data sharing. The system includes a mobile application that periodically capt...
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To provide an efficient solar generation system, the embodiment design of a two axis solar tracker for an array of photovoltaic (PV) panels destiny to supply the power demand on off-the-grid areas was developed. Photovoltaic cells have high costs in relation to t low efficiency; and while a lot of research and investment has been made to increases...
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Crop field monitoring systems are a strategic tool to get information for establishing better agriculture practices in crop management. Among the different technologies for crop monitoring, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are recognized as a powerful one to collect and process data in the agricultural domain with low-cost and low-energy consumption...
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Nowadays, energy efficiency and the Electric Power Quality are two inseparable issues in the evaluation of three-phase induction motors, framed within the program of Rational and Efficient Use of Energy (RUE).The use of efficient energy saving devices has been increasing significantly in RUE programs, for example the use of variable frequency drive...
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En la actualidad, la Eficiencia Energética y la Calidad de la Potencia Eléctrica constituyen dos temas inseparables en la evaluación de motores trifásicos de inducción, enmarcados dentro del programa de Uso Racional y Eficiente de la Energía (URE). El objetivo general del proyecto fue evaluar el impacto en estos dos aspectos, en una bomba centrífug...

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The Center of Excellence and Adoption on Internet of Things (CEA-IoT) is an alliance of 3 technological leaders (Intel-HPe-Microsoft), 5 Colombian universities (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogota, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali, Universidad Tecnológica de Bolivar, Universidad Santo Tomás, and Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga), and 5 companies from strategical Colombian productive sectors (Hospital Universitario San Ignacio, Banco Pichincha, Logyca, Zona Franca Bogotá, and Totto-Nalsani). The CEA-IoT is initially funded by the Colombian ICT Ministry in order to empower the country in IoT technologies.