報告人： Dr. Manoj Karkee，Washington State University
講座1: Automation and Robotics in Agriculture（06.19上午8：30，工學院347會議室）
Decreasing availability and increasing cost of farm labor is a critical challenge faced by agricultural industry around the world. Robotics has played a key role in reducing labor use and increasing productivity in farming. Modular automation and robotics technologies developed in recent years, decreasing cost and increasing capabilities of sensing, control and automation technologies such as UAVs, and increasing emphasis by governments around the world in mechanizing and automating agriculture have created a conductive environment to develop and adopt smart farming technologies for the benefit of agricultural industries around the world including smaller, subsistence farming operations common in developing and underdeveloped countries. In this presentation, the author will first discuss the importance of precision and automated/robotic systems for the future of farming (Ag 4.0). He will then summarize past efforts and current status of agricultural automation and robotics, particularly for fruit crop production, followed by an introduction of the novel systems being developed in his program. The technologies to be introduced include robotic fruit harvesting, fruit tree pruning, and crop thinning. At the end, future directions in research and development, and potential efforts in technology and knowledge transfer to farming in developing countries like China will be discussed.
講座2: Publishing research findings: How to develop convincing manuscripts? （06.20上午8：30，工學院448會議室）
As scientists, we are always striving to conduct the most innovative research. However, to bring the benefit of our research efforts to the scientific community and the general public, the findings need to be reviewed by our peers and published in timely fashion. While asking right research questions, creating meaningful hypothesis and/or needs, and developing and implementing rigorous approaches are crucial and challenging aspects, writing convincing manuscripts with strong focus, desired level of details, efficient flow and specific conclusions is equally challenging. It is the manuscript and later the article that present the value of the research, not the research itself. While developing quality research manuscripts is more an art that each of us have to learn through practice, there are certain approaches and guidelines that will be helpful to be successful in publishing scientific articles. In this seminar, Dr. Manoj Karkee will share his own journey through the scientific publication and will present a few general guidelines that might be helpful for researchers with limited experience in scientific publication. The seminar will also include a journal editor’s perspective (Dr. Karkee is an Associate Editor of Transactions of the ASABE) in terms of what would scientific journals be looking for. In addition, the seminar will identify a few major drawbacks that can be avoided during the manuscript development to improve the quality of the journal articles.
Dr. Manoj Karkee is an Associate Professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at Washington State University (WSU). He was born and raised in eastern hills of Nepal. He received his diploma in Civil Engineering and undergraduate in Computer Engineering from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. His MS was in remote sensing and GIS from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and his PhD was in Agricultural Engineering and Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University. Dr. Karkee leads a strong research program in the area of sensing, machine vision and agricultural robotics at the WSU Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems. He has published widely in such journals as ‘Journal of Field Robotics’, ‘Computers and Electronics in Agriculture’, and ‘Transactions of the ASABE’, and has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences and universities. Dr. Karkee is currently serving as an elected chair for International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee 8.1, Control in Agriculture, as an associate editor for ‘Transactions of the ASABE’, as a guest editor for ‘Robotics’, and Editorial Committee Member of Information Processing in Agriclulture. Dr. Karkee was recently recognized as ‘2019 Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence and IoT’ by Connected World magazine and was featured as the ‘Western Innovator’ by Capital Press.