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Name: Ampatzidis, Yiannis
Title: Assistant Professor
Organization: Southwest Florida Research and Education Center-Immokalee
Education: Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, AUTH, Greece, 2010
Office Address: 2685 FL-29, Immokalee, FL 34142
Email: i.ampatzidis@ufl.edu
Telephone: 239-658-3400

Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis is an agricultural engineer and a new ABE faculty at SWFREC. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from the Aristotle University ofThessaloniki (AUTH, Greece) in 2010, his MS in Agricultural Engineering in 2005, his S.S. in Agricultural Engineering (5-year Diploma, MSc equivalent) in 2008 and his 8.5. in Agriculture and Ecology (5-year Diploma) in 2002 from the same university. He has held several research positions in Greece and USA. Most recently, Dr. Ampatzidis was an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering at the California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB). Before that, he was a researcher in the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS), at Washington State University (WSU). He has taught at Technological Educational Institute ofThessaloniki, at the Technological Educational Institute of Larisa, and at the AUTH (Greece). Generally, he works in the area of mechanization and automation of specialty crop production, focusing on the design, development, and testing of sensors and control systems for optimal management of inputs, resources and products. His current research focus is on mechatronics, precision agriculture, precision irrigation, smart machines, UAVs and machine systems with special interest in development, implementation and evaluation of agricultural machines and control systems for high value crops (precision agriculture applications, embedded systems developing and programming, UAVs-drones, GIS applications). He has authored or co-authored more than 70 papers in journals/international conferences, in his areas of expertise.

Keywords: precision irrigation; UAV; smart systems; Internet of Things; mechatronics-robotics; automation; precision farming; sensors/sensing; smart machinery; machine vision