Mark Spekken is a PhD candidate from the University of São Paulo (Brazil) who has been working at our group as a guest researcher over the past few months. He has worked several years in the field of path planning algorithms, aiming to increase the efficiency of machine operations in arable fields. Currently, his research focusses on agricultural operations in steeply sloping areas where the orientation of crops has a very strong impact on soil erosion processes. His case studies concern mechanized sugarcane, which is widely grown in (sub)tropical climates and has a very high machinery cost.
Mark will present algorithms and software he has been working on as well as work in progress on the assessment of environmental impact (mostly water erosion) of designed cropping patterns.