Tue, Jul 17, 2018
1:00pm to 1:40pm
Agriculture is moving rapidly towards automation of many field operations. This automation trend is driven by increasing equipment size and sophistication coupled with the human operator’s inability to monitor and control critical machine functions. Today, supervised autonomy will facilitate removal of operators from the field environment. Field machinery void of the traditional operator platform will change dramatically. Topics affecting future field machinery configurations will include reduced vehicle weights (e.g. eliminate of soil compaction), changes to cropping systems (e.g. monoculture to polyculture), mechanical life versus technical obsolescence, field operation logistics, operations, environmental benefits, alternative ownership models, and the role of venture capital in creating agricultural businesses of the future. Simply stated, technologies developed outside of agriculture will become the new driving force of our industry.
Scott Shearer received his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1986. Currently, he serves as Professor and Chair of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at OSU. Prior to 2011 he was Chair of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kentucky. Highlights of his research career include development of methodologies and controls for metering and spatial applying crop production inputs (seed, fertilizer and pesticides); modeling of agricultural field machinery systems; autonomous multivehicle field production systems; strategies for deployment of UAS in agriculture; and analyses of production agriculture data sets. He has lead research supported by over $12M in grants; authored more than 200 technical publications (refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, meeting papers and book chapters); and has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences, professional meetings and farmer forums. Dr. Shearer is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.