Collaboration and Funding – Purdue Pomology Lab

Collaboration and Funding

Hirst Lab at Purdue University partners with several industy and education partners in research and development. See below for information about our partners.


Dr Tara Baugher, Penn State University
Dr Jim Schupp, Penn State Universtiy
Dr. Mingyu Han, NWAFU, China


Vision Robotics – Vision Robotics Corporation (VRC) has developed a proprietary and patented technology to produce robotics solutions employing vision-based mapping, localization, and navigation systems.
Dr Bedrich Benes, Dept. Computer Graphics, Purdue University
Dr Avinash Kak, Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
Dr Johnny Park, Spensa Technologies Inc


Dr Leland Glenna, Penn State University
Dr Jay Harper, Penn State University


USDA – Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) – The Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) was established to solve critical industry issues through research and extension activities.
USDA-SCRI FUNDING: Return Bloom Fund – Indiana Horticultural Society