Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS)

Celebrating a century of impact by WSU’s Biological Systems Engineers

For a century and more, WSU’s Biological Systems Engineers have transformed Northwest agriculture. On March 9, BSE faculty, students, and staff celebrated their accomplishments and reflected on the impact of those who came before.

BSE faculty 2024

USDA undersecretary encounters research for specialty crops at Prosser

A U.S. Department of Agriculture visit shares grant-funded advances in smart technology, virus-free plants, biotic and abiotic stresses, and training the next-generation workforce.

WSDA and USDA Prosser visit 2024

Automated drones could scare birds off agricultural fields

A WSU research team has developed a systems where cameras could spot birds feeding on fruit and launch drones to drive off the avian irritants. All without human interference.

A drone hovers over a green vineyard with mountains in the background.

WSU to lead national AI research institute for agriculture

WSU will lead a multi-institutional research institute to develop artificial intelligence solutions to tackle agriculture challenges related to labor, water, weather, and climate change.

Six men stand in an orchard looking at a drone, which is held by one of the six men.

WSU partners with Netherlands, Washington growers to improve orchard robotics, automation

A delegation led by the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission visits the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2019. The Commission leads a new, collaborative effort between researchers and…

Laura Hill, Qin Zhang elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Laura Hill and Qin Zhang will join the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Composite photo of Hill, Zhang headshots

Robotic crop pollination goal of new $1 million grant

A team led by WSU scientists received grant to develop robotic technology for crop pollination.

Karkee works on an extended metal arm with several hinges.

Pioneering WSU scientist recognized for innovation in AI, ‘Internet of Things’

Discovering new ways for machines to boost productivity and conserve resources on Northwest farms and orchards, Washington State University scientist Manoj Karkee was named a 2019 Pioneer in artificial intelligence and the “Internet of Things” by Connected World magazine. Karkee was one of 11 scientists in the U.S. and Canada to receive the recognition from […]

Dr. Karkee stands with a flying drone and other machines on a table behind him.