Team

Peter M. Hirst

Peter M. Hirst

Peter Hirst is a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. For the last 30 years he has conducted research on various aspects of tree fruit physiology and culture. His current research interests include tree architecture, flower bud development and regulation of fruit size. He has also been involved in rootstock evaluation as a member of the NC-140 regional research group for the last 16 years. Hirst is fruit extension specialist for Indiana and teaches a senior undergraduate level course in fruit production and physiology. He is currently vice-president of the American Pomological Society and received the Golden Apple Award (Indiana Horticultural Society), the early career extension award (PUCESA), and the U.P. Hedrick Award (APS). He is consulting editor for tree fruits for the journal Hort Technology.

 

Johnny Park

Johnny Park

Johnny Park is a research assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. His research interests span various topics in distributed sensor networks, computer graphics, computer vision, and robotics. In his previous USDA-SCRI project, he led the research efforts in automated monitoring of insect populations, which resulted in the development of an electronic trap called Z-Trap. He and his team at Spensa Technologies are commercializing the Z-Trap technology.

 

Jayson Harper

Jayson Harper

Jayson Harper is a professor of agricultural economics at Pennsylvania State University, with extension and research interests in the area of risk management and crop production economics. Work on horticultural crops has included crop insurance, economic evaluation of plum pox virus, high tunnel production systems, alternative apple and peach production systems, irrigation, mechanical harvesters, hydroponic vegetable production, fruit quality, alternative vegetable production systems, and tree fruit IPM.

 

Leland Glenna

Leland Glenna
Leland Glenna is an Associate Professor of Rural Sociology in the Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education Department at The Pennsylvania State University. His teaching and research program fit into three areas of emphasis: 1) social and environmental impacts of agricultural science and technologies, 2) the role of science and technology in agricultural and natural resource policy making, and 3) the social and ethical implications of democratizing science and technology research. His domestic research includes the topics of university-industry research collaborations in agriculture and food sciences, Marcellus Shale gas development, and natural resource policy. His current international research projects focus on agricultural and community development in Kenya and West Africa. He has been a post-doctoral associate and lecturer at Cornell University, a research sociologist at the University of California at Davis, and an assistant professor at Washington State University.

 

Tony Koselka

Leland Glenna

Tony Koselka is a founder of Vision Robotics Corporation. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he concentrated on design. He has spent his career as a design engineer and entrepreneur. Early in his career he won two Industrial Design Society of America design awards and successfully co-founded and sold his first start-up company, CyberGear, Inc. In addition to design engineering and running start-ups, he has hands-on experience in manufacturing environments.

During his time at Vision Robotics, he has been actively involved in all company activities including working on every company projects. He has designed or managed the design of all the mechanical systems including those on the grapevine pruner. He will continue that development as part of the Automation of Dormant Pruning of Specialty Crops project and will help transfer that technology to pruning apple trees.

 

 

Tara Baugher

Tara Baugher

Tara Baugher is co-team leader of the Penn State Tree Fruit and Grape Production Extension Program. Transdisciplinary tree fruit and grape extension team members and stakeholder advisory groups developed a strategic plan to ensure the long-term goal of a production to consumer system that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Curriculums include 1) Increasing Orchard and Vineyard Sustainability with Advanced Integrated Pest Management, 2) Retooling the Tree Fruit and Vine Crop Industries with Innovative Technologies, 3) Bringing in a New Generation of Horticulturists from Diverse Backgrounds, and 4) Implementing Marketing Strategies to Meet Customer Needs and Sustain Farm Enterprises.

 

Avinash Kak

Avinash Kak

Avi Kak is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. His research focuses on algorithms, languages, and systems related to wired and wireless camera networks, robotics, computer vision, etc. His co-authored book “Principles of Computerized Tomographic Imaging” was republished as a Classic in Applied Mathematics by SIAM (Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics). His other co-authored book, “Digital Picture Processing,” also considered by many to be a classic in computer vision and image processing, was published by Academic Press in 1982. His more recent books are contributions towards “The Objects Trilogy” he is creating. The first book in the trilogy, “Programming with Objects,” was published in 2003 by John-Wiley. The second, “Scripting with Objects,” was published in 2008, also by John-Wiley. The last, to be titled “Designing with Objects,” is currently in the works.

 

Anouk Patel-Campillo

Anouk Patel-Campillo

Dr. Anouk Patel-Campillo’s research focuses on the international and domestic restructuring of agro-food supply chains and their impact on economic development initiatives as well as people and places. Domestically, she has conducted research on the Pennsylvania and Californian wine industries. Within this line of research Dr. Patel-Campillo’s research objectives are to analyze 1) the ways supply chains emerge and evolve; 2) grower responses to changes in their competitive environment; 3) the opportunities and constraints associated with the institutional contexts within which they endeavor.

 

Jim Schupp

Jim Schupp

Jim Schupp is associate professor of pomology at Pennsylvania State University and Director of the Fruit Research and Extension Center in Bigglerville, PA.

 

Bret Wallach

Anouk Patel-Campillo
Bret Wallach founded Personal Robotics Inc. in 1999 to develop autonomous robotic solutions that focused on vision-based mapping. At that time a convergence of favorable cost factors, the need for more efficient labor solutions across multiple industries and consumer markets, and advances in robotics technology indicated that robotics was ready to move out of the lab and into the marketplace. 

The company, which was renamed Vision Robotics Corporation to better reflect the technology that drives VRC’s proprietary, patented technology, has been capitalized through private funding and partnerships with, among others, the California Citrus Research Board and Korvan Industries.