Title: UAVs in Action
Date: Wed Jul 24, 2019
Time: 1:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Moderator: Kevin Price
Practical Uses and Limitations of UAV Technology

Understanding the practical uses; as well as limitations, of a UAV is critical when using this technology for remote sensing. By understanding how to safely operate and collect the necessary imagery it becomes possible to make field management decisions in real-time, when the decisions can make an impact. Throughout the 2018 growing season and into 2019 Purdue University Extension Educators and Specialists flew hundreds of acres gathering valuable information not only on crops but also identified UAV operational pitfalls which can be avoided.

John Scott (speaker)
Digital Ag Extension Coordinator
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service
, IN
John Scott is the Digital Agriculture Extension Coordinator working with Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN). Prior to joining Extension, John was in agriculture retail for a number of years. He completed his A.S. in Agriculture Economics as well as a B.S. and M.S in Agronomy all from Purdue University. His current work encompasses applied uses and adoption of digital agriculture technology in the ten county WHIN region.
Austin Pearson (speaker)
County Extension Director/ANR Extenstion Educator
Purdue Extension
Tipton, IN 46072
Austin Pearson is an Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Educator for Purdue Cooperative Extension Service in Tipton County, Indiana. He completed his B.S. and M.S. in Agronomy specializing in Applied Meteorology and Climatology from Purdue University. His current work entails assisting multiple clientele ranging from home horticulture to commercial agriculture and to provide agriculture education programs to central Indiana. He has been involved with the rollout of Purdue Extension’s focus on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and their application to precision agriculture.
Length (approx): 40 min
Oklahoma State UAV Swarms & Agriculture: Technological Foundations and Business Needs

A common theme in today’s technology culture is the idea that swarms of UAVs will lead to a revolution in precision agriculture.  The swarms will enable a mass-scale individualization of the farm field, sensing and delivering care to plants on an individual level.  This model would be a transformative change in the way farming is done, however, both the technological roadmap and business economics to achieve this vision require more attention.

In this talk, we use Oklahoma State University’s work on basic and applied swarm development to establish the technological case for aerial swarms.  We explore biological data and aerial demonstrations of (25-200 member) swarms to illustrate the basic principles and current limitations of swarm technology.    This discussion highlights the hardware and algorithmic components necessary to enable robust, multi-functional swarms.  This talk also begins to address the economic context of harvesting high and low value crops by using simplified harvesting models for comparison against traditional harvesting methods.

Imraan Faruque (speaker)
Assistant Professor, Director, Autonomous Physics Group
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078-5016
Imraan Faruque’s research interests include reduced-order models of complex systems, biologically inspired locomotion and control systems, unmanned aerial systems, and flight dynamics and control. Dr. Faruque’s specialization is in dynamic models of flying insect feedback, and in reduced order flight dynamics models that can concisely capture the dynamic properties of insect flight control, where his work has led to over 40 publications, including the Office of Naval Research’s 2019 Young Investigator Award, and numerous best paper awards and patents. Dr. Faruque is currently an Assistant Professor in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, with an appointment as Assistant Research Professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Aerospace Engineering. He is a Commonwealth Scholar alumnus of Virginia Tech (2006), and received his MS (2010) and PhD in Aerospace Engineering in 2011 from the University of Maryland. He previously held research positions at the Army Research Lab, the Air Force Research Lab, and at General Electric Aircraft Engines.
Length (approx): 40 min
Multi-Layered Sensing with sUAS in Agriculture

The use of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) in agriculture is viewed as one of the next opportunities in broad acre crop production.  This presentation will focus on how we might transition the layered sensing approach used by the U.S. military to generate actionable information to guide corn and soybean crop care.  Topic will include the fixed wing coverage of large acres, directed scouting using multi-rotor drones, options for within canopy sensing and the use of artificial intelligence for interpreting image and time series data.     

Scott Shearer (speaker)
Professor and Chair
Ohio State University, Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
Columbus, OH 43210

Scott Shearer received his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Ohio State in 1986. Currently, he serves as Professor and Chair of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Ohio State. Highlights of his research career include development of controls for metering and spatial applying crop inputs, modeling of agricultural field machinery, autonomous field machinery, and strategies for deployment of sUAS in agriculture. He has lead research supported by over $15M in grants; authored more than 200 technical publications; and has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences, professional meetings and farmer forums. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Length (approx): 40 min