Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute
George Kantor is a Senior Systems Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. He has over 20 years of experience research in developing and deploying robotic technologies for real-world applications such as agriculture, mining, and scientific exploration. In the agriculture domain, earlier research projects include the development distributed sensor-actuator networks for intelligent irrigation control and the development vehicles for autonomous navigation in specialty crops environments. One of his current efforts investigating in-field robotic phenotyping technologies that include autonomous mobility, camera imaging, and contact sensing to accelerate the breeding of sorghum. Another project is using imaging in viticulture crops to provide nondestructive crop yield predictions, crop quality assessments, and pruning weight measurements. His group is exploring similar technologies in apple orchards, specifically pursuing automated apple detection to facilitate harvest from an automated harvest platform that carries human pickers. Kantor holds B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park.