Dr. Scott Shearer - The Ohio State University

Professor and Chair, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University: Big Data in Ag Panel Moderator

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Dr. Scott A. Shearer received formal training in agricultural engineering from The Ohio State University and was awarded B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ’81, ’83 and ’86.  He serves as Professor and Chair of the Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University.  Prior to OSU he was a faculty member and then Chair of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kentucky.  During his 30-years in academia, his research efforts have focused on controls and methodologies for metering and spatial distribution of inputs (seed, fertilizer and chemicals) for precision crop production systems.  His current research activities include autonomous, multi-vehicle field production systems; unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for remote sensing; yield monitor development and testing; evaluation of precision seeding technologies; and modeling of current and future field machinery systems including logistics and compaction.  Much of his early work involved spectral and spatial image processing for classification agricultural settings.  He has lead or cooperated in research supported by more than $10M in grants; authored or coauthored more than 180 refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, and technical publications; has taught upper level and graduate engineering courses including machine design, fluid power systems, design of off-road equipment, and precision agriculture; and has made numerous invited presentations at national and international meetings, workshops, farmer forums, and extension outreach events.

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