Thomas F. Burks

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he environmental impact from herbicide utilization has been well-documented in recent years. As a result, efforts to protect groundwater quality by restricting the use of certain herbicides is likely to increase in the years to come. However, society is likewise concerned about maintaining cost-effective production of agricultural crops. According to(More)
The citrus industry is an important constituent of Florida's overall agricultural economy. Proper disease control measures must be undertaken in citrus groves to minimize losses. Technological strategies using machine vision and artificial intelligence are being investigated to achieve intelligent farming, including early detection of diseases in groves,(More)
This article discusses the development of a sensor fusion system for guiding an autonomous vehicle through citrus grove alleyways. The sensor system for path finding consists of machine vision and laser radar. An inertial measurement unit (IMU) is used for detecting the tilt of the vehicle, and a speed sensor is used to find the travel speed. A fuzzy logic(More)
In this work we develop a real time system that recognizes occluded green apples within a tree canopy using infra-red and color images in order to achieve automated harvesting. Infra-red provides clues regarding the physical structure and location of the apples based on their temperature (leaves accumulate less heat and radiate faster than apples), while(More)
Three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of a tree canopy is an important step in order to measure canopy geometry, such as height, width, volume, and leaf cover area. In this research, binocular stereo vision was used to recover the 3D information of the canopy. Multiple images were taken from different views around the target. The Structure-from-motion (SfM)(More)
Visual servo control of autonomous systems, nonlinear adaptive control, nonlinear networked control systems, human-robot interaction, robust pose estimation, nonlinear filtering, precision agriculture and agricultural robotics.