Research

By 2050, the world will encounter serious food shortages if global temperatures continue to increase. Consequently, global warming and population growth would have a drastic impact on food prices and production. In order to sustainably feed this growing population, the agricultural production needs to be optimized by developing novel technologies to maximize yield while minimizing input and environmental impact. Digital agriculture, use of robot labor, automation, and access to frequent, high-resolution, and precise data can effectively assist us to secure an environmentally-friendly food production. Our research approach in the Digital Agriculture Lab is to solve problems inspired by applications that will make significant advancements in engineering systems for agriculture.

 

Grants

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, NIFA  (2 awards)
  • NSF – Artificial Intelligence Institute for Food Systems  (1 award)
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture   (5 awards)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, AFRI  (1 award)
  • California Table Grape Commission   (3 awards)
  • Almond Board of California   (5 awards)
  • California Pistachio Research Board   (2 awards)
  • California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)  (1 award)
  • CITRIS Core Seed Funding  (1 award)
  • Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety   (2 awards)

Research Updates

Spray Backstop

Spray Backstop is a low maintenance attachment system for air-assist sprayers that blocks the spray droplets escaping the canopy from tree's top or sides. 

Virtual Orchard

Virtual Orchard (VO) is a technology to describe canopy geometry for individual trees in an orchard using 3D reconstruction of tree canopies.