Dr. Ioannis Ampatzidis
Research: Precision Agriculture Engineering
Research program involves unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for agriculture and natural systems, smart sensors and machinery, mechatronics, artificial intelligence and robotics, machine vision and learning, automation, remote sensing, wireless sensor network, and big data application ◦Emphasis is being given to developing smart machines and equipment for site-specific applications (e.g. precision sprayer for pests and weeds) in order to reduce agricultural inputs such as water, fertilizer, and pesticides.
Research area includes the mechanization and automation of specialty crop production (e.g. harvest), focusing on the design, development, and testing of sensors and control systems for optimal management of inputs, resources and products
In the combined extension and research program, he collaborates with other faculty and research partners, creating synergy both inside and outside of the University of Florida to provide leadership in precision agriculture, automation and robotics.