We are delighted to welcome the incoming YPARD Belgium communications focal point: Ángela Patricia Guerrero Castillo.
Ángela is a graduate with a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering from Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito and a Bachelor in Mechatronic Engineering from Universidad de San Buenaventura in Bogotá, Colombia. Currently, Ángela is a Ph.D. student in Precision Agriculture at Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium.
Ángela has been working on variable rate nitrogen fertilization by using cutting edge technology with the aim to reduce environmental impacts while maintaining yield. Along these years working in agriculture, Ángela has focused her research in the automation of processes, the use of new technology for agricultural activities and the development of algorithms that improve quality in soil and crop properties measurement. Ángela started to work in the field of precision agriculture, using UAVs to capture photographs, used to generate orthomosaics, rebuild the terrain of the crop, and calculate vegetation indexes to make decisions about the crop. She has experience in fining-tune the UAVs, programming flight paths, taking photographs, calculating photographic parameters and processing images for analysis specifically on potato crops.
At the account of joining YPARD as a country representative, this is what Ángela had to say; I have always been aware that our world is our home and that everything we do must be directed towards its preservation. In my life, my main goal has been to help people by using mechatronic devices in order to improve their quality of life. Over the years I have realized that agriculture is one of the most important human activities and that we must pay close attention to it in order for it to be sustainable. Being part of YPARD motivates me to continue working for the sustainability of activities within agriculture. It is important to have a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment that generates innovation and contributes to progress. I stress the importance of having a broad network of contacts to achieve impacts on our society and overall to realize that together we are more.