Agricultural Automation Engineering
Agricultural Automation Engineering scientists work to provide engineering solutions to crop production problems in agriculture. From seed to table, our researchers collaborate with the growers, harvesters, and food processors plus the industry that supports them to develop new technologies for the economic growth and environmental sustainability of agriculture.
Current primary research activities include the development of wireless sensor networks for real-time yield monitoring and tracking of fruit; remote and contact sensing of soils and plants; automated and targeted pest management systems; vegetable and fruit post harvest handling; smart and/or robotic agricultural machinery; on-machinery crop sensing and control systems; and sensor-based field operation management.
The Center for Precision Agriculture has additional information.
Ag Automation Engineering In the News
Lav Khot and CAHNRS highlighted during NIFA’s National Washington Day – May 10,2023
USDA | NIFA May 11, 2023
To celebrate National Washington Day on May 10, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is highlighting the innovative NIFA-funded research conducted by Lav Khot, CAHNRS and Washington State University (WSU).
NIFA’s support allows CAHNRS to bring new ideas to light that improve our food supply, protect our environment and natural resources, and keep Washington agriculture competitive. More than 73% of CAHNRS extramural funding is from federal sources, the most important of which is USDA-NIFA. … » More …Read Story
- WSU’s Lav Khot, colleagues receive multi-state award for ag drone research
- Mark Schrader places in the ASABE Oral/Poster Competition at ASABE 2022
- Sindhuja Sankaran honored by CAHNRS with Excellence in Early Career Award
- Drones and bird pests
- WSU Flower Thinning Robot
- Three Minute Thesis – Uddhav Bhattarai wins the CAHNRS PhD Competition
- Uddhav Bhattarai is a finalist for best oral presentation at ASABE 2021
- Legacy of leadership and mentorship for retiring professor – Claudio Stockle
- WSU to lead national AI research institute for agriculture
- Lav Khot named to 40 Under 40 Class of 2021
- WSU summer undergraduate research featured at virtual symposia
- Lav Khot to lead WSU’s AgWeatherNet
- Abhilash Chandel wins CAHNRS Graduate Student Leadership Award
- IEEE MetroAgriFor 2020 – Conference Award for Best Paper Presented by a Young Researcher
- Robotic crop pollination awarded $1 million grant
- Satellites show promise as tool for monitoring crop development
- Spray, without the sprayer – Taking air out of the equation
- Adding Washington State to the California-Dutch AgFoodTech
- Who are you going to call? Rotbusters!
- New global fellowship program grows discoveries, partnerships in ag research
Faculty in Emphasis
Manoj Karkee, Ph.D.
Lav R. Khot, Ph.D.
Sindhuja Sankaran, Ph.D.
Qin Zhang, Ph.D.