UF Robotics Places 4th at ASABE AIM 17

The UF ABE robotics team celebrates 4th place in the ASABE AIM 2017 Robotics Competition – this is great progress from last year’s 8th place.

The competition consisted of 13 robotics teams at this year’s ASABE Annual International Meeting in Spokane, Washington.

(left to right) Shirin, Tyler, Akram, Eduardo, and Hao

Again this year, the team was mentored by ABE PhD student Hao Gan and faculty Dr. Wonsuk Lee.

Other team members include graduate students Akram Gholami and Shirin Ghatresamani and undergraduate students Eduardo Carrascal and Tyler Poon (Mechanical Engineering).

This year’s competition task was to simulate raspberry farm pruning. With it’s stealthy but aggressive skill, the team robot was affectionately named the “Snapping Turtle.”

Congratulations to the UF ABE Robotics Team!

2017 ASABE Annual International Meeting

2017 ASABE web banner_REV.inddUF ABE faculty and students had a tremendous presence and participation at the ASABE Annual International Meeting held in Spokane, Washington, July 16-19th. Among the many presentations, moderated sessions and posters were three faculty and  students who were recognized with society awards. The UF ABE Robotics team also competed in the Robotics Competition.

Congratulations to the following:

Mike Dukes2017 Fellow of ASABE (for professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in, or related to, the field of agricultural, food, or biological systems engineering)

Kati MigliaccioG.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award (for superior research and extension programs fostering water conservation by irrigators in the eastern US)

Joe SaguesBoyd-Scott Graduate Research Award (recognition for excellence in the conduct and presentation of research to build the knowledge base needed by engineers who design equipment, facilities, and processes for the sustainable operation of a biological system)

UF ABE Robotics Team– Hao Gan, Akram Gholami, Azadeh Azar, Alizedah Azar- 4th Place




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