Qin Zhang

Director of the Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) at Washington State University

Dr. Qin Zhang is the Director of the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems of Washington State University (WSU), a Professor of Agricultural Automation in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU, and a Fellow of an American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).  He is also a Full Member of the Club of Bologna (a world task-force on strategies for the development of agricultural mechanization).  His research interests are in the areas of agricultural automation, agricultural robotics, and precision agriculture.  Prior to the current position, He was a Professor and working on developing agricultural mechanization and automation solutions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Based on his research outcomes, he has authored five books, written nine separate book chapters, edited three conference proceedings, published over 150 peer reviewed journal articles, presented about 300 papers at national and international professional conferences, and been awarded 11 U.S. patents.  He is currently serving in the Editor-in-Chief for Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, and the Chair of Section III (Plant Production) of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR).  He has also been invited to give numerous seminars and short courses at 30+ universities and research institutes and over a dozen agricultural equipment manufacturing companies in the North/South America, Europe, and Asia; and invited to give keynote speeches at international technical conferences for more than 20 times.

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