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Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture (CIDA) Seminar Series: "From Farm to Takeoff: Small Unmanned Robots for Agricultural and Biological Systems" - Sierra Young; cosponsored by SIPS, Synapsis and SYSEN

Monday, December 9, 2019 at 11:30am to 1:00pm

Bill and Melinda Gates Hall, 114
107 Hoy Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

Biological and agricultural environments are dynamic, unstructured, and uncertain, posing challenges for data collection at the necessary spatial and temporal scales to enable meaningful systems analysis. Small unmanned systems, however, can overcome some of these challenges by enabling autonomous or human-assisted image-based and in situ data collection. This talk will present a suite of technologies that leverage robotics and computer vision to broaden sensing and sensemaking across different types of biological and agricultural environments. Case studies presented include rapid mobile phenotyping of row crops and focused human-robot interaction studies for aerial telemanipulation, with a focus on their potential in precision agriculture.

Sierra Young is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on the use of robotics and automation for sensing and sense-making in agricultural and natural systems, and human-robot interaction for small unmanned systems. The Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture (CIDA), a faculty led initiative focused on creating a strong voice in the emerging area of Digital Agriculture (DA), invites Asst. Professor Young to present her research for CIDA’s monthly seminar series.

This seminar is consponsored by the SIPS section of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Synapsis the PB&G student group and the department of Systems Engineering.

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