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Illinois Autonomous Farms Goals

The ultimate goal is to improve Illinois farmers’ productivity, sustainability and profitability. We will advance AI in three areas:

  • robots to collect data for under-canopy crops, utilizing weeding and spraying robots;
  • urban food garden robots;
  • plant manipulation in berry-nut orchards with low-cost mobile robots and soft manipulators.

Illinois Autonomous Farms Team

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Girish Chowdhary

girishc@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Supratik Guha

Supratik Guha

guha@uchicago.edu


University of Chicago: Professor, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

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Vikram Adve

vadve@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Professor, Computer Science

Narendra Ahuja

Narendra Ahuja

ahuja@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Research Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Katherine Driggs-Campbell

krdc@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Salah Issa

salah01@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

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Saurabh Gupta

saurabhg@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Kris Hauser

kkhauser@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Associate Professor, Computer Science

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Girish Krishnan

gkrishna@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Assistant Professor, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

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Roser Matamala

matamala@anl.gov


Argonne National Laboratory: Terrestrial Ecologist, Environmental Science

Illinois Autonomous Farms Team in the News

Farms are going to need different kinds of robots

BBC News

On a lush, green patch of rolling farmland in Australia’s Queensland, cows are quietly grazing in a scene that is replicated around the world.

A closer inspection, however, would reveal that these particular bovines are a bit more high-tech than normal.

Behind one ear, each carries a device roughly the size of a matchbox – a tamper-proof, solar-powered, satellite-connected smart “tag” that is constantly transmitting real-time data back to the farmer…

A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots

NY Times

A new generation of autonomous robots is helping plant breeders shape the crops of tomorrow.

In a research field off Highway 54 last autumn, corn stalks shimmered in rows 40-feet deep. Girish Chowdhary, an agricultural engineer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, bent to place a small white robot at the edge of a row marked 103. The robot, named TerraSentia, resembled a souped up version of a lawn mower, with all-terrain wheels and a high-resolution camera on each side…

The Future of Farming is Autonomous

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

CSL’s Girish Chowdhary has spent years developing robotic technology to improve on traditional farming practices. He is now leading an effort to improve farming practices even more by making it autonomous through artificial intelligence.

In mid-August it was announced that the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was going to be the home to two new artificial intelligence institutes…