报告题目：Agricultural Robotics: the Need, Impact and Strategy
Dr. Qin Zhang is the Director of the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) of Washington State University (WSU), and a Professor of Agricultural Automation in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, WSU. His research interests are in the areas of agricultural automation, agricultural robotics, and smart agriculture. Before join the faculty at Washington State University, He was a Professor and working on developing agricultural mechanization and automation solutions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Based on his research outcomes, he has authored five books, written nine separate book chapters, edited three conference proceedings, published over 160 peer reviewed journal articles, presented about 300 papers at national and international professional conferences, and been awarded 11 U.S. patents. He is currently served in the Editor-in-Chief for Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, and Section III (Plant Production) Chair of CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering). He has also been invited to give numerous seminars and short courses at 40+ universities and research institutes and 12 major agricultural equipment manufacturing companies in the North/South America, Europe, and Asia; and invited to give keynote speeches at international technical conferences for 20+ times. Dr. Qin Zhang is an ASABE Fellow, and is serving as a guest or adjunct professor for 9 foreign universities.