Explore Digital Agriculture

Cornell Engineering is helping to create new tools and providing practical solutions to improve effective, real-time decision-making on farms and at many points throughout food systems. Digital technologies include sensors, robotics, unmanned aviation systems, communication networks, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other advanced systems and devices.

We welcome corporate and foundation collaborators to share in and support the advancement of digital agriculture initiatives through access to Cornell Engineering’s research, faculty and facilities. Some of the many ways to engage with us include collaborative research, curriculum support, student engagement, user facilities, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship.

Here are a few examples of how we have partnered with private and public entities.


Research Spotlights


For more information about research, news, events, and resources, visit the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture website.

To learn more or to discuss the possibilities of collaboration, contact 

Featured Researchers

Professor Abe Stroock

Abe Stroock
Expertise: Micro- and nanofluidics; biophysics; colloid and interface science; physics of water

Professor David Erickson

David Erickson
Expertise: Global health; point-of-care diagnostics; nanotechnology; photonics; microfluidics

Professor Kirstin Petersen

Kirstin Petersen
Expertise: Bio-inspired robotics; soft robotics; swarm intelligence; bio-cyber physical systems; autonomous construction

Designing the digital future of dairy herd management

Students took around 10,000 photos of cows, then created software that would allow farmers to use smartphones to find specific ones, guided by cameras in the barn.

Helping to relieve crop survival stress

Cornell engineers and plant biologists are seeding a groundbreaking era in digital agriculture, with new technologies such as a microtensiometer that can sense a plant’s drought stress.