Syiah Kuala University together with Universitas Malaysia Pahang held the 2019 International Conference on Agricultural Technology, Engineering and Environmental Sciences (ICATES). The conference which took place at the Oasis Hotel Aceh, Banda Aceh, August 21, 2019, focused on discussing the fields of agricultural technology, engineering, and environmental science in the face of the industrial revolution 4.0.
Chair of the committee, Dr. Ing. Agus Arip Munawar, said the purpose of this activity was to share the results of research from various disciplines, as well as to develop collaboration among researchers. There were 101 papers from various scientific disciplines and institutions from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China, the Philippines, Thailand and Russia participating in this conference.
Vice Rector IV Unsyiah, Dr. Hizir, said Unsyiah continued to seek and develop new innovations and sustainable programs that could improve the performance of academics and community services.
"This conference is in line with Unsyiah's spirit in facing the global industrial era 4.0."
He added that at this time, many aspects of life were closely related to engineering and science. But he hopes to continue to pay attention to issues of agriculture and the environment. He also believes that this gathering of academics can increase knowledge and perspectives in developing scientific networks among researchers.
Meanwhile, Acting Governor of Aceh, Nova Iriansyah, who was the keynote speaker, said the 4.0 industrial revolution was one of the most crowded topics discussed throughout the world in an academic and practitioner perspective. This revolution is changing the way it works by adopting digital technology, including in agriculture. Therefore, he continued, technology for agriculture in industry 4.0 must be able to develop a new generation of agriculture, while filling the connectivity gap with farmers.
The conference also featured speakers from various universities and practitioners from around the world, such as from Germany, Australia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. (Unsyiah PR / fer)