Center for Digital Agriculture

Driggs-Campbell receives Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation

Assistant Professor Katherine Rose Driggs-Campbell has received a 2023 Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for “contributions to the design of autonomous systems that operate in the real world and interact safely with people.”  Read more here.

CDA To Lead Undergrad Research Program On Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence Practices

The Center for Digital Agriculture will lead an on-site Research Experience for Undergraduates program titled “Drivers for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Practices (MAPs).” CDA is a collaborative effort between the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, the Grainger College of Engineering and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications to help agricultural producers, researchers, and industries keep pace with the ways […]

CDA To Create Profitable Food Oases In Urban Ecosystems

The Center for Digital Agriculture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign received a $975,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for Robotics Integrated High Tunnels (RobInHighTs) to create profitable food oases in urban ecosystems. The project will use AI-powered robotics to automate operations for high tunnels at UIUC’s Sustainable Student Farm – leading to improved crop yields, reduced […]

Ainsworth and Guan Rank Among World’s Most Influential

Nine researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2022 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. The list recognizes research scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated exceptional influence – reflected through their publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade. This year’s list includes 6,938 […]

Robots roam at UI’s $3.9 million ‘Farm of the Future’

Between rows of corn near Curtis Road and Race Street sprouts bright-green cereal rye, planted by an autonomous robot. Earlier this fall, University of Illinois researchers remotely steered a four-wheeled device through the cornfield as it skittered seeds across the ground. The seeds grew into cereal rye, a cover crop, which can capture unused nitrogen […]

EarthSense Creator Girish Chowdhary Discovers Unique Audience, Energy from NSF Visit

Illinois Autonomous Farm Chief Scientist, and EarthSense Co-founder, Girish Chowdhary received an invitation from NSF director Sethuraman Panchanathan to address a special audience that included India’s Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman. “The inspiration for me to represent EarthSense, as I understand it, came from the NSF director, ‘Dr. Panch,’ because of the interest […]

Master’s Degree in Engineering with Concentration in Digital Agriculture

Agricultural production increasingly relies on digital tools and knowledge to address the challenges of climate change and provide resources for a growing world population. Practices such as precision agriculture, digital farming, biotechnology, and genomics involve complex data processing that requires a highly skilled workforce.  The University of Illinois now offers a Master’s Degree in Engineering […]

Improving the World Through Agriculture

This summer, the Center for Digital Agriculture, AIFARMS, and CROPPS co-hosted the eight-week (June 13 – August 5, 2022) on-site REU summer program. The program pairs promising students with mentors and puts them on projects on the leading edge of technology. The students not only get valuable experience on real-world projects solving real-world problems but they also get paid while […]

CDA Partnership with EarthSense

For US farmers, enormous GPS-guided equipment makes easier work of planting and harvesting thousands of acres each season. Now, thanks to a partnership between UIUC’s Center for Digital Agriculture,  a collaboration among the College of ACES, Grainger College of Engineering and NCSA,, and robotics start-up EarthSense, some of the work is being assigned to machines […]

Dr. Leona Su and Yi-Cheng Wang Awarded NIFA “Small and Medium-Sized Farms”

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) invested $5 million as part of AFRI’s Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) Small and Medium-Sized Farms program. This program seeks to address priorities and related issues focusing on development and/or adoption of new models to assist agriculture landowners’/managers’ decision-making with respect to scale management and technologies to […]


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