WELCOME TO the MU PAAL


The University of Missouri (Mizzou) Precision and Automated Agriculture Lab (PAAL) is part of the Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering and College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. With the focus of agricultural automation, research area involves a large range of targets, including sensing technologies in precision agriculture and phenomics (high throughput crop phenotyping), mechanical and robotic technologies in crop harvesting, management and breeding, and emerging technologies for animal wellbeings and management. Research projects will be multidisciplinary, with close collaboration with experts in Engineering, Plant Science (breeding, plant physiology, stress biology), Agronomy, Animal Science, veterinarian and other crop and animal related professionals. By adopting the state-of-art technologies in agricultural systems, researches will boost the solutions for world hunger and labor issues.

Our Mission


My research goal is to discover and develop emerging technologies for crop and animal production, management and breeding. Current research focuses on Integration of sensing, robotic and AI technologies to improve the efficiency of management, production and cost in crops and animals. The objectives include:

  • Robotic and AI technologies for Precision Livestock Farming (PLF)
  • Proximal and unmanned aerial system (UAS)-based remote sensing system for crop scouting and water, nutrition and soil management
  • Unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for autonomous field data collection and high throughput phenotyping (HTP)
  • Internet-of-things (IoT)-based data-driven decision support system for precision crop and livestock management
  • Mechanical and automation (robotic) technologies for tree-fruit and row crop management and harvesting
  • Big data driven agricultural systems management

Perspective Graduate Students


Interested in Joining in PAAL


  • Visit Dr. Zhou at 211 Ag Engineering Building, Columbia, MO 65211 (map)
  • Visit PAAL at 248 William C. Stringer Wing, Columbia, MO 65211 (map)
  • Send Emails to Dr. Zhou @ zhoujianf@missouri.edu.
  • Call 573-882-2495