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Manoj Karkee Agricultural Automation and Robotics Lab

News and Media Coverage

2019

Welcome the Plants That Move on their Own

2018

Leading Agricultural Automation and Robotics Research: Interview with Prof. Manoj Karkee

WSU’s apple picking machine provides potential for future orchard operations, Interview and coverage by Alfredo Llanos at NBC Local News

Shaking it up in the orchards, Ross Courtney, Good Fruit Growers

Automated Agriculture: Researchers Work on Robotic Weeder, Denise Keller, Onionworld.net

Automating Ag: Less labor, more innovation in the fields and in the air, producebluebook.com

Researchers share future of ag tech in Consortium tour, CAHNRS News

Dr. Karkee’s lab has been recommended for funding by Washington Department of Agriculture for next 3 years

WSU researchers developing ‘smart irrigation’ for fine wines, water conservation, Seth Truscott, CAHNRS News

IoT: The Next Farming Frontier, Connected World, Bethanie Hestermann

Dr. Karkee’s lab was funded by NSF-USDA Cyber Physical Systems Program to develop ‘SMART Irrigation System using IoT and Big Data Analytics’

Dr. Karkee’s lab was funded by Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission to develop ‘A Robotic System for Fruit Tree Pruning’.

Dr. Karkee’s lab was funded by Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission to develop ‘A Multi-purpose Robotic System for Tree Fruit Crops’.

Dr. Karkee’s lab was funded by Washington Wine Commission to develop ‘An Automated Green Shoot Thinner’.

Dr. Karkee’s lab was funded by Washington Wine Commission to develop ‘A Smart-phone-based crop-load estimation tool for Vineyards’.

WSU precision ag program ranks with world’s best, WSU News

Taking everything into account (in Spanish), Kate Prengaman, Good Fruit Grower

Global thinking sets up New Zealand Agtech Startups for Outsized Impact, AgFunder News

Why robots should shake the bejeezus out of cherry trees, Wired Magazine..

Local company advancing rapidly on robotic strawberry harvester, The Ledger..

Ripe for Robots? by John H. Tibbetts, Mechanical Engineering, Magazine of American Society of Mechanical Engineers..

2017

Autonomous Agriculture, USA Today…

Apple-Picking Robot Prepares to Compete for Farm Jobs, Tom Simonite, MIT Technology Review…

Washington State Seeks to Automate Apple Orchards, Assembly..

Robotic Pickers on the Horizon, Phil Ferolito, Yakima Herald..

Robot Hand Picks Apples without Bruising, Farm Shows..

Dr. Karkee’s lab was funded by Washington Red Raspberry Commission to continue working on automated bundling and tying of canes.

Robotic fruit pickers promise labor saving, The Packer…

Dr. Karkee’s lab was funded by WSU’s Emerging Research Issues program to continue their work on bird deterrence from crop fields with UASs.

Dr. Karkee’s lab was funded to commercialize a ‘Mobile App for In-Orchard Apple Crop Load Estimation’

2016

Dr. Abhisesh Silwal (2014-2016; Now Post Doc at Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University) and Dr. Karkee were awarded a WSU Commercialization Gap Fund project to develop a mobile app for apple crop-load estimation.  

Dr. Karkee and WSU CPAAS organized an International Conference on Ag Robotics and Automation

Dr. Suraj Amatya (2011-2015; now Post Doc at Purdue University) awarded international ‘Giuseppe Pellizzi Prize 2016′

WSU to host conference on automating agriculture

Quest for robotic apple picker continues

Dr. Suraj Amatya (2011-2015; now Post Doc at Purdue University) awarded ASABE ‘Boyd-Scott Graduate Research Award 2016

Agriculture 3.0: How researchers are harvesting the power of robots and drones to reboot farming

Aadit Shrestha was awarded ASD Inc. Instrument Award, 2016

Developing technologies that will change the agriculture