PCI’s Corporate Outreach team is spearheading the Innovation Ecosystem function for the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoTAg), an NSF-backed Engineering Research Center for precision agriculture led by Penn and launched in September 2020.
In the Center’s first year, the team successfully recruited and signed up eighteen members – including start-ups, investment firms, mature companies, and non-profits – for the Center’s industrial participant advisory board. Board members provide valuable input and feedback on research directions, pay annual dues, and will collaborate down the road in commercializing developed IP. Discussions continue with many other prospective members who share the Center’s vision of achieving sustainable, environmentally-safe and energy-conscious food security through innovative technology.
About the NSF’s Engineering Research Centers
The U.S. National Science Foundation is investing $104 million in four new engineering research centers over the next five years. Each center will have a specific research focus. Penn is one of the Principal Investigator, under the direction of Dr. Cherie Kagan, of IoTAg.
This IoTAg Center seeks to ensure food, energy and water security with new systems to increase crop production while minimizing energy and water use and environmental impacts of agricultural practices. To accomplish this task, center researchers will focus on the development of low-cost sensor technologies to measure these variables at relevant spatial and temporal scales. The other partner universities, include: Purdue University, University of California, Merced, and the University of Florida.
The other centers include: