The focus of my research is investigating the machinery processes needed to enable a single human producer to effectively manage agricultural areas measured in hectares when variations occur at the sub-meter level. In particular, I’ve been studying this variability’s effect on machinery power usage and methods to address these effects using hybrid drivetrains and alternative energy sources. I’ve also been investigating ways to control and operate the machinery at the necessary resolutions through multiple sensors embedded within larger pieces of equipment or the autonomous control of multiple smaller machines. The outcome of this research would enable more production using fewer inputs. This research represents a small part of the world-wide recognized Water, Energy and Food Nexus and like the larger Nexus is composed of many interconnected components.
Keywords: Sensors, Machinery, Autonomous Vehicles, Hybrid Powertrains, Vehicle Routing, Mobile Apps