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Crop Monitoring Platform: A Case of Teaching Machine Vision through Undergraduate Research

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Computing & Information Technology

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23.351.1 - 23.351.9



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Duke Mejia Bulanon Northwest Nazarene University

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Duke M. Bulanon is an assistant professor of the Physics and Engineering Department at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho. His research interests include agricultural automation, image processing, machine vision, and robotics.

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Stephen A. Parke P.E. Northwest Nazarene University

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Dr. Stephen Parke earned the AA degree from Olivet Nazarene University in 1980, and the BSEE and MSEE degrees from Purdue University in 1982 and 1984, respectively. He interned with the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, then spent the first several years of his career with IBM Microelectronics in Essex Junction, VT, where he worked in semiconductor R&D on five generations of IBM's memory chip technologies. In 1989, he was awarded an IBM PhD Fellowship and began full-time study at the University of California at Berkeley. He fabricated and studied nano-scale silicon-on-insulator transistors, and received the PhD degree from UC Berkeley in 1993. He transferred to the IBM Semiconductor R&D Center in Fishkill, NY where he became a team leader in the IBM/Toshiba/Siemens TRIAD multi-cultural technology development project. In 1996, he left IBM for an entrepreneurial academic start-up opportunity at Boise State University. He was the first EE faculty hired in the newly created College of Engineering. He initiated several university/industry partnerships to design, fund, construct, and equip the Idaho Microfabrication Laboratory and was the director of this lab for the first few years after it opened in 1998. He became ECE Department Chair at Tennessee Tech University in 2006, where he implemented “The 20/20 Vision” for improved curriculum, research funding, lab facilities, and engagement with industry and alumni. Since 2010, Dr. Parke has been the Engineering Program Director at Northwest Nazarene University, in Nampa, ID and Professor of Electrical Engineering.

His research spans the areas of Multi-gated Nanoscale Silicon Transistors, Semiconductor Memories, low-power, radiation-tolerant integrated circuits, and flexible electronics. His research has been funded by NSF, Air Force Research Lab, Missile Defense Agency, NASA, and American Semiconductor. He has published and/or presented 50 co-authored research papers, and is a co-inventor on 15 US patents, including the DTMOS and FlexFET transistors, which have been commercialized. He has been the primary advisor for 15 graduate students during the past eight years. He has a passion and aptitude for entrepreneurism, technology transfer and economic development activities. He is a co-founder of American Semiconductor, Inc. along with his former grad students and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Idaho.

He has actively served the IEEE Electron Devices Society for 20 years. He served ten years on the IEEE EDS Education Committee, and as Chair of the Graduate Research Fellowship Committee. He was the founding Chair of the Boise IEEE EDS Chapter in 1998, which went on to win the EDS Chapter of the Year award two times. As a result of these activities, he received the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000. He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer in the EDS.

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Crop Monitoring System: A Case of Teaching Machine Vision through Undergraduate ResearchD M Bulanon, Northwest Nazarene UniversityAbstractNorthwest Nazarene University, which is located at the Treasure Valley area of Idaho, is developing acrop monitoring platform (CMP). The CMP, which is composed of an image acquisition system and animage processing system, estimates fruit tree parameters such as tree canopy volume and canopyreflectance characteristics. The research project is conducted by undergraduate engineering students andtheir research adviser. This paper presents a case of teaching machine vision through undergraduateresearch.

Bulanon, D. M., & Parke, S. A. (2013, June), Crop Monitoring Platform: A Case of Teaching Machine Vision through Undergraduate Research Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19365

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