Welcome to PAA Lab!
   Students, visiting scholars, and faculty with research and collaborative interests are encouraged to contact myself.

 Jianfeng Zhou, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor
 Dept. Agriculutral Systems Management
 Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering
 University of Missouri
 211 Ag. Engineering Bldg., Columbia, MO 65203
 Email: zhoujianf@missouri.edu
 Office: 573-882-2495
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Research Interests
My research goal is to discover and develop new technologies for crop production, management and breeding. Current research focuses on Integration of sensing and robotic technologies to improve crop management, production and phenotyping. The objectives include:

(1) Mechanical and automation (robotic) technologies for tree-fruit and row crop management and harvesting
(2) Proximal and unmanned aerial system (UAS)-based remote sensing system for crop scouting and water, nutrition and soil management
(3) Unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for autonomous field data collection and high throughput phenotyping
(4) Internet-of-things (IoT)-based data-driven decision support system for precision crop management
(5) Big data driven agricultural systems management

About Lab
The PAA Lab is part of the Department of Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) and Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering (FSB). With the focus of agricultural automation, research area involves a large range of targets, including sensing technologies in precision agriculture and phenomics (high throughput crop phenotyping), and mechanical and robotic technologies in crop harvesting, management and breeding. Most research projects will be multidisciplinary, with close collaboration with experts in Engineering, Plant Science (breeding, plant physiology, stress biology), Agronomy and other crop related professionals. By engineering crops with state-of-art technologies, reseaches will boost the solutions for world hunger and labor issues.
Open Positions
The PAA Lab is sincerely inviting undergraduate researchers, graduate students (accept both master and PhD levels) and visiting scholars with research interests to the Lab. Students with the background of mechanical engineering, agricultural engineering, electronic engineering and related disciplinary are welcome to apply. Please contact Jianfeng Zhou (zhoujianf@missouri.edu) for more details.
For enrollment information: (1) Bioengineering program and the requirements;
                                             (2) Food and Hospitality Systems program and the requirements.
For international students: Language and financial requirement.