Department Seminar: Robot-Assisted Data Collection

October 18, 2018

Presentation: "Robot-Assisted Data Collection in Cyber-Physical-Human Systems for Agriculture"

Presenter:  Joshua Peschel, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University


Smart cyber-physical-human infrastructure has traditionally focused on the urban environment with applications related to water, energy, and transportation infrastructure. In this talk, Dr. Peschel will expand the definition of infrastructure to include agricultural and natural systems and present a suite of new robot-assistive technologies that leverage robotics and computer vision to broaden sensing and sense-making across these three different types of environments. Demonstrative case studies in each type of system will be presented, including robot-assisted measurements for water resources and applications for aerial telemanipulation. The material covered will illustrate how the strategic, user-focused design of robotics and automated systems to accomplish unique environmental data collection can enable better informed decision-making. This talk will be of interest to researchers and practitioners working in fields that include the agricultural and biological sciences, civil and environmental engineering, and computer science.

Speaker bio

Dr. Joshua Peschel is an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and Black & Veatch Faculty Fellow at Iowa State University. He also holds courtesy appointments in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Peschel conducts research in the field of study he has founded called human-infrastructure interaction, which focuses on the evaluation, understanding, and design of co-evolving smart infrastructure systems. He broadly defines infrastructure to include agricultural, natural, and urban environments, and his work involves creating new technologies, data sets, and computational models for sensing and sensemaking in these three very different but often interconnected systems. His research program and students have been generously supported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. departments of Defense and Energy, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a number of private industry partners.