CIDA seminar - Wendy Ju: Remote observation of farm vehicle interaction
From Gabriela Cestero
Institute for Digital Agriculture – Fall 2020 Seminar Series:
New Faculty Research in Digital Agriculture
Remote observation of
farm vehicle interaction
Wendy Ju, Associate Professor, Information Science, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech
Travel restrictions and social distancing measures make it difficult to observe, monitor or manage physical fieldwork. We describe research in progress that applies technologies for real-time remote observation and conversation in on-road vehicles to observe field work on a farm. We collaborated on a pilot deployment of this project at Kreher Eggs in upstate New York. We instrumented a tractor with equipment to remotely observe and interview farm workers performing vehicle-related work. This work was initially undertaken to allow sustained observation of field work over longer periods of time from geographically distant locales; given our current situation, this work provides a case study in how to perform observational research when geographic and bodily distance have become the norm.
Bio:Dr. Wendy Ju is an Associate Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and in the Information Science field at Cornell University. She is also on the faculty at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Wendy designs human interaction with automated systems, particularly robots and autonomous vehicles. Wendy has innovated numerous methods for early-stage prototyping of automated systems to understand how people will respond to systems before the systems are built. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford, and a Master’s in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. Her monograph on The Design of Implicit Interactions was published in 2015.