UF ABE Robotics Team competes at ASABE Annual International Meeting


Students from the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering were recently awarded 8th place in the ASABE Student Design Competition at the ASABE annual meeting, where they competed against 14 other teams.

The student’s objective was to design and build a fully automated robotic system imitating the transfer of citrus from a harvester to a processing plant. The students built a system consisting of two robots, where one hauls the fruit and transfers it to another that moves the fruit to its final destination.

Students Amanda DeCanio,Brandon Roarke, Stacy Bromlow, Joe Cerillo, Eduardo Carrascal, Hao Gan, Akram Gholami, and Thiago Onofre all contributed to the project, with guidance from  Dr. Wonsuk (Daniel) Lee and Dr. Alireza Pourreza.

Read more about the students’ experience here: http://ufifasirrigator.blogspot.com/2016/10/diverse-humans-create-diverse-robots.html?m=1

ABE professor recognized for climate change research

UF ABE professor Senthold Asseng was published in the journal Nature Climate Change for his researching examining how temperature affects the growth of wheat crops.

Asseng, known for his modeling expertise, led a team of nearly 50 scientists from around the world in using simulations and statistical methods to estimate how rising temperatures will impact global crop production.

Asseng said that increased temperatures can prevent wheat, and other crops such as fruits and vegetables, from producing high yields. With climate change rising temperatures around the world, and the global population increasing to an estimated 9 billion by 2050, research on how temperature affects global crop growth is more important than ever.

Asseng said that accurate predictions of the true effects of climate change must consider models of climate, crop growth, and economic impacts.

This study, which was conducted as part of AgMIP – the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project, marks the first time different temperature-impact predictions have been compared globally. Asseng said that the findings will allow himself and other scientists around the world to have confidence in the accuracy of their predictions going forward.

More information on Asseng’s findings can be found here: http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/2016/09/ufifas-study-global-food-security-aided-by-combining-different-methods/