The Bison Agbot robotics team in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems engineering was formed in the Spring of 2021 with the aim to participate in the annual ASABE robotics competition. Started by the graduate students of the department, the group encourages students from any agricultural discipline to learn and share idea about automation in their field. Students work with embedded computers like the Nvidia Jetson Nano, Raspberry pi and microcontrollers like Arduino. The departmental robotics group provide good opportunity for students to brainstorm and fabricate solutions for real world problems in agricultural automation. From using computer aided designs to 3D printing their prototypes, using complex electronics to power up the robot and using machine vision to autonomously navigate and detect. The robotics group is a great opportunity for anyone to learn and hone their skills in robotics for agriculture.

  • Bison AgBot won the second prize in 2022 ASABE Robotics Student Design competition
  • Bison Agbot will be present to showcase their robot at the Big Iron Show on September 13-15
  • NDSU robotics team excels in competition


Advisor: Dr. Xin (Rex) Sun, Assistant Professor

Co-advisor: Dr. Cengiz Koparan, Postdoctoral Research Associate


Team members

President: Billy Graham Ram

2021 Team: Anup K. Das, Arjun Upadhyay, Diego Gris, Kelvin Betitame, Nitin Rai, Jitin Matthew, Billy Graham Ram
2022 Team: Billy Graham Ram, Jithin Matthew, Arjun Upadhyay, Nusrat Jahan, Sunil GC, Nitin Rai
Graduate Club Members: Anup K. Das, Arjun Upadhyay, Kelvin Betitame, Nitin Rai, Jithin Matthew, and Sunil GC



  • Designing and fabricating the first prize winning robot for ASABE robotics competition.
  • Promoting and encouraging students for Robotics in Agriculture.


Membership Requirements

  • Undergraduate or post graduate student from relevant discipline in North Dakota State University.
  • Eligible to become members of American society of agriculture and biological engineers.


How to join: · Contact the club advisor, Rex Sun, ABEN 205, 231-5756, Club President, Billy Graham Ram, or Julie Bietz, Student Services Coordinator, 103 Agricultural Engineering building, 231-7273




Objective:  "Autonomous robot(s) will harvest “cotton” on an 8’ x 8’ playing field. The robot(s) will harvest 3 rows with each row containing 11 plants. The cotton plants may vary in height from 7” to 10”.


Objective:  Design and implement a robot that can autonomously identify, count, and remove excessive and unhealthy leaves and flowers of simulated and real strawberry plants. We used Lego EV3 module for autonomous navigation and raspberry pi for strawberry plant detection.

Sponsors for 2022

               Dr. Rex Sun




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