NNU Assistant Professor of Engineering Dr. Duke Mejia Bulanon attended and presented a paper at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) 120th Annual National Conference and Exposition. The June 23 -26 conference in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted more than 3,600 participants.
Co-authored with NNU Professor of Engineering Dr. Stephen Parke, Dr. Bulanon presented a paper entitled Crop Monitoring Platform: A Case of Teaching Machine Vision through Undergraduate Research. The research received the Best Paper Award in the Computing and Information Technology Division. This prestigious honor distinguished the research from 50 other submissions in this category.
The paper details the research performed by NNU undergraduate engineering students in developing a crop-monitoring system to assist in agricultural management in Idaho, and explains the benefit of teaching machine vision in a Control Systems course in conjunction with research. The student researchers on the project were Mark Horton (Nyssa, Ore.), Paulo Salvador (Rio Claro, Brazil), Kyle Lambert (Eugene, Ore.) and Ronny Beech (Nampa, Idaho). The research was funded in part by a grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and in part by a grant from the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium.
The paper is available in full online from the ASEE Conference Proceeding at http://www.asee.org/public/conferences/20/papers/6702/view.