Some might say that exciting, futuristic predictions are Dr. Satwant Kaur's forte. Her many awards and accolades celebrate unparalleled accomplishments in technology, and her version of the future can often seem like science fiction. However, humanity has made great technological strides, and will surely continue to do so; Dr. Kaur believes soon, such advances will affect how crops are grown.
Dr. Kaur's predictions about the farming industry include a widely integrated use of robotics. Not only does this mean a decrease and eventual end to human farm labor, it also implies an ability to control robots remotely- meaning very few humans would need to be present on a given farm at all. Farming with autonomous robots would also means faster farming: several robots would drive several tractors at once to plow the lands, till fields, plant seeds, dispense fertilizers, and harvest crops. Sensors on board robots might even analyze soil conditions to determine the optimal type and amount of fertilizer to administer, likely increasing crop production. Other sensors might monitor the fuel state and operating condition of the tractor and its attached implements and send read-outs to the farm’s central monitoring station, allowing for alerts and preventative maintenance to avoid costly and time consuming repairs.
Dr. Kaur cautions that there will, of course, be some challenges in using autonomous robots for farming. These include the actual building and training of the robots as well as making them adaptable to weather changes and extreme temperatures. Additionally, there would be challenges in terrain mapping and recognition as well as any navigational uncertainties and the logistics of course correction. These may seem like many challenges; however, much of technology we use on a daily basis seemed impossible twenty or even ten years ago, and, as always, Dr. Kaur reminds us that radical changes may be nearer than we might think.
Dr. Satwant Kaur, inventor of CA Technology's Event Correlation Engine, Intel's Reduced Interoperability Technologies, and numerous inventions at HP in Health and Life Sciences, holds a Bachelors of Technology in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India. She has an MS in engineering and computer science from Oakland University in Oakland, Michigan. She also has a PhD in enhanced Internet protocols for efficient mobile communication from Oakland University.
She has received many awards and accolades for her unparalleled accomplishments in technology, including: Intel’s 2009 Technology Innovation Award, Intel’s 2009 Outstanding Women Award, and IEEE EIT’s 2001 best paper award for her paper “Mobile IP and Implementation of Regional Registration”. She is also the author of the Amazon Bestseller "Transitioning Embedded Systems to Intelligent Environments”.
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