OATS: The Open Ag Technology and Systems Group
The Open Ag Technology and Systems Center


About


Many of the most promising avenues for sustainable food-ag system improvements involve novel applications of sensing, networking, and computation to big data science, visualization, and analytics. Powerful data sets and models continue to be developed at the plot, watershed, and even regional level from these research efforts. However, there are fundamental issues impeding progress in data-driven sustainability and preventing translation of research into practice:

  • Issue 1: The full value in data is only realized when it can be integrated from multiple, context-rich sources in ways that adhere to trust requirements of its owners.
  • Issue 2: The data and algorithms produced by publicly-funded food/ag research are not easily obtainable for verification, extension, or translation to practice.
  • Issue 3: The rapid rise of data-driven agriculture has left many stakeholders short of the proper data analytics, software development, and computational thinking skills necessary to thrive.
  • Issue 4: The information technologies used in the food/ag industry and in university research lag behind the state of the art due in part to the absence of thriving open source communities that have propelled progress in the broader technology sector.


These issues are solvable by open source
data and algorithm exchange paradigms, so much so that we believe data exchange among systems, people, and projects is the most critical component for achieving data-driven sustainability goals. To harness the data revolution in agriculture we must therefore address the key attributes of data flow to empower agriculture which are

  1. trust
  2. automatable data exchange, and
  3. interoperability.


OATS faculty believe these attributes require levels of code-based standardization only achieved through the open source development paradigm. Helping to bring this open source culture to agriculture is the mission and focus of the OATS Center at Purdue University.

Ag's Future Belongs to Open Source

Our Team


Faculty


  • Dennis Buckmaster
    Assistant Dean and Associate Director of the Office of Academic Programs,Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Dean's Fellow for Digital Agriculture
    dbuckmas@purdue.edu
    Link to Bio
    Homepage
  • Melba M. Crawford
    Associate Dean of Engineering for Research / Professor of Agronomy, Civil and Electrical and Computer Engineering / Chair of Excellence in Earth Observation
    mcrawford@purdue.edu
    Link to Bio
  • James Garrison
    Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Electrical and Computer Engineering/Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering by courtesy
    jgarriso@purdue.edu
    Link to Bio

Staff


Current Students


Former Students


Publications & Presentations


2018

Buckmaster, D., J. Krogmeier, A. Ault, S. Noel, Y. Wang, Y. Zhang, A. Layton, A. Balmos. 2018. Use cases for real time data in agriculture. Proc. of 14th International Conference on Precision Agriculture. https://www.ispag.org/proceedings/?action=download&item;=5394. Accessed 10/16/18.

Y. Wang, D. R. Buckmaster, and J. V. Krogmeier, “Data-Driven Agricultural Machinery Activity Anomaly Detection and Classification,” in Fourteenth International Conference on Precision Agriculture, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (June 2018).

Y. Zhang, A. Balmos, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. R. Buckmaster, “Generating Product Traceability Trees for Harvesting from GPS Tracks,”  in ASABE Annual International Meeting, Detroit, MI (July 2018).

Y. Zhang, A. Ault, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. R. Buckmaster, “Activity Recognition for Harvesting via GPS Tracks using Neural Networks,”  in ASABE Annual International Meeting, Detroit, MI (July 2018).

2017

A. W. Layton, Y. Zhang, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. R. Buckmaster, “Determining Harvesting Efficiency via Multiple Combine GPS Logs,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting (doi: 10.13031/aim.201700816), paper number 1700816, Spokane, WA (July 2017).

Y. Zhang, A. Balmos, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. R. Buckmaster, “Dynamic High-Precision Field Shape Generation via Combine GPS Tracks,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting} (doi: 10.13031/aim.201700809), paper number 1700816, Spokane, WA (July 2017).

Y. Zhang, A. Ault, J. V. Krogmeier, D. R. Buckmaster, and J. L. Krogmeier, “Activity Recognition for Harvesting via GPS Tracks,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting (doi: 10.13031/aim.201700813), paper number 1700813, Spokane, WA (July 2017).

Y. Wang, A. D. Balmos, A. W. Layton, S. Noel, A. Ault, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. R. Buckmaster, “An Open Source Infrastructure for Real-Time Automatic Machine Data Processing,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting (doi: 10.13031/aim.201701022), paper number 1701022, Spokane, WA (July 2017).

2016

A. D. Balmos, A. W. Layton, A. Ault, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. R. Buckmaster, “Investigation of Bluetooth Communications for Low-Power Embedded Sensor Networks in Agriculture,” Transactions of ASABE, Vol. 59, No. 5, pages 1021-1029, 2016.

Y. Wang, A. D. Balmos, A. W. Layton, S. Noel, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. Buckmaster, “CANDroid: Freeing ISOBUS Data and Enabling Machine Data Analytics,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number 2459827, Orlando, FL (July 2016).  

A. Layton, Y. Wang, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. R. Buckmaster, “Robust Estimation of Field Management Zones Using Multi-Year Yield Data and a Hidden Markov Random Field,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number 162461641, Orlando, FL (July 2016).

Buckmaster, D., J. Krogmeier, A. Ault. 2016. Digital Ag systems in the US & possible lessons for Australia, paper presented at Digital Disruption in Agriculture Conference, Sydney, 2-3 June, 2016. http://farminstitute.org.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=154000. Accessed 10/16/18.

2015

S. Noel, D. Buckmaster, J. Krogmeier, A. Ault, and D. Hackney, “Assessing the Value of Low Cost Versus High Cost Soil Moisture Sensors,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number 152190968, New Orleans, LA (July 2015).

A. Layton, A. D. Balmos, A. Ault, J. Krogmeier, and D. Buckmaster, “Real-Time Cellular Streaming of ISOBUS Data: Network Considerations and Prototype Design,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number 152189113, New Orleans, LA (July 2015).

M. R. Koester, D. Buckmaster, A. Ault, and J. Krogmeier, “Accurate Manure Application Records -- Almost Automatically,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number 152189297, New Orleans, LA (July 2015).

2014

A. W. Layton, A. D. Balmos, S. Sabpisal, A. Ault, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. Buckmaster, “ISOBLUE: An Open Source Project to Bring Agricultural Machinery Data into the Cloud,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number 141929380, Montreal, Quebec, CA (July 2014).

J. T. Welte, M. Koester, C. Bowman, D. R. Buckmaster, J. V. Krogmeier, and A. C. Ault, “Structures, Features, and Benefits of the Open Ag Toolkit Approach to Farm Management Information Systems,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number 141929389, Montreal, Quebec, CA (July 2014).

A. D. Balmos, A. W. Layton, A. Ault, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. Buckmaster, “Toward Understanding the Errors in Online Air-Ride Suspension Based Weight Estimation,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number 141897468, Montreal, Quebec, CA (July 2014).

2013

J. Welte, A. Ault, C. Bowman, A. Layton, S. Noel, J. Krogmeier, and D. Buckmaster, “Autogenic Mobile  Computing Technologies in Agriculture: Applications and Sensor Networking for Smart Phones and Tablets,” in EFITA/WCCA/CIGR 2013 Conference: Sustainable Agriculture Through ICT Innovation, Torino, Italy (June 2013).

J. T. Welte, A. C. Ault, C. Bowman, S. Ellis, D. R. Buckmaster, D. Ess, and J. V. Krogmeier, “An Approach to Farm Management Information Systems Using Task-Specific, Collaborative Mobile Apps and Cloud Storage Services,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number 131579954, Kansas City, MO (July 2013).

A. D. Balmos, A. W. Layton, A. Ault, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. R. Buckmaster, “Investigation of Bluetooth Communications for Low-Power Embedded Sensor Networks in Agriculture,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number 131620559, Kansas City, MO (July 2013).

A. C. Ault, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. Buckmaster, “Mobile, Cloud-Based Farm Management: A Case Study with Trello on My Farm,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number 131593538, Kansas City, MO (July 2013).

S. A. Noel, A. Ault, D. Buckmaster, B. Engel, J. Frankenberger, I. Chaubey, J. Krogmeier, and D. C. Flanagan, “Watershed Delineation in the Field: A New Approach for Mobile Applications Using LiDAR Elevation Data,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number 131620655, Kansas City, MO (July 2013).

2012

A. Balmos, A. Layton, D. Hancock, A. Ault, J. V. Krogmeier, and D. Buckmaster, “Wireless Load Weight Monitoring via a Mobile Device Based on Air Suspension Pressure,” in ASABE Annual International Meeting, paper number  121337075, Dallas, TX (July 2012).

Contact Us


OATS is housed in the MSEE Building of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering on the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University.

For additional information about the Center, please contact: info@oatscenter.org.

Address of OATS:

Open Ag Technology and Systems Center
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
465 Northwestern Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2035
765-494-3530

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