Santosh Pitla

Santosh Pitla, Ph.D.

Contact Information:
207 L. W. Chase Hall
Lincoln: East Campus
(402) 472-1466

Assistant Professor, Advanced Machinery Systems
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky
  • M.S., Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
  • 40% Research
  • 60% Teaching
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Agricultural Robotics
  • Agricultural Equipment Logistics
  • Embedded Control Applications in Machine Automation
  • Unmanned Ground and Aerial Applications in Agriculture
Teaching Interests
  • Fluid Power Hydraulics
  • Embedded Control Systems 
  • Sensors and Controls for Agri-Industries
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Courses Taught
  • MSYM 416: Sensors and Controls for Agri-Industries
  • MSYM 412: Hydraulic Power Systems
  • MSYM 245: Fundamentals of Electricity
  • AGEN/BSEN 212B: Embedded Systems (mini session)
  • AGEN/MSYM 492: Embedded Systems in Agriculture

Selected Publications


J. H. Posselius, C. H. Foster, S.K. Pitla, S.A. Shearer, J.D. Luck, M.P. Sama, R. S. Zandonadi,  Multi-Robot System Control Architecture. Patent Number: 9,527,211 (Issued: Dec 27th, 2016)

Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Roeber, J.BW, S.K. Pitla, R.M. Hoy, J.D. Luck, M.F. Kocher. 2017. Development and validation of a tractor drawbar force measurement and data acquisition system (DAQ). Applied. Eng. Agric. 33(6): 781-789
  2. Forney, S. H., J.D. Luck, M. F. Kocher, and S.K. Pitla. 2017. Laboratory and full boom-based investigation of nozzle setup and restriction effects on flow, pressure, and spray pattern distribution. Applied. Eng. Agric. 33(5): 641-653
  3. Roeber, J. BW, S.K. Pitla, R. M. Hoy, J. D. Luck, M. F. Kocher. 2017. Tractor power take-off torque measurement and data acquisition system. Applied. Eng. Agric. 33(5): 679-686
  4. M.F. Kocher, B. J. Smith, R. M. Hoy, J. C. Woldstad, S. K. Pitla. 2017. Fuel Consumption Models For Tractor Test Reports. Trans. ASABE. 60(3): 693-701
  5. S.L. Young, S.K. Pitla, F.K. Van Evert, F.J. Pierce, J.K. Schueller. 2017. Moving integrated weed management from low level to a truly integrated and highly specific weed management system using advanced technologies. Weed Research 57(1): 1-5
  6. Pitla, S.K., J.D. Luck, J. Werner, N. Lin, and S.A Shearer. 2016. In-field fuel use and load states of agricultural field machinery. Computers Electronics Agric. 121: 290 - 300. 
  7. Roeber, J. BW, S.K. Pitla, J.D. Luck, M.F. Kocher, R.M. Hoy. 2016. Tractor Hydraulic Power Data Acquisition System. Computers Electronics Agric. 127(2016):1-14 
  8. Troyer, T. A1, S.K. Pitla, E. Nutter. 2016. Inter-row Robot Navigation using 1D Ranging Sensors Inter-row Robot Navigation using 1D Ranging Sensors. IFAC-PapersOnLine 49(16):463-468 
  9. Marx, S.E., Joe D. Luck, S.K. Pitla, Roger M. Hoy. 2016. Comparing various hardware/software solutions and conversion methods for Controller Area Network (CAN) bus data collection. Computers Electronics Agric. 128(2016):141-148
  10. Pitla, S.K., N. Lin, S.A. Shearer, and J.D. Luck. 2015. Use of Controller Area Network (CAN) data to determine field efficiencies of agricultural machinery. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. Vol. 30(6): 829-839. 
  11. Marx, S.E., J.D. Luck, R.M. Hoy, S.K. Pitla, M.J. Darr, and E. Blankenship. 2015. Validation of machine CAN Bus J1939 fuel rate accuracy using Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory fuel rate data. Computers Electronics Agric. 118: 179-185. 
  12. Luck, J.D., S.A. Shearer, M.P. Sama, and S.K. Pitla. 2015. Control system development and response analysis of an electronically actuated variable-orifice nozzle for agricultural pesticide applications. Trans. ASABE. 58(4): 997-1008. 
  13. Luck, J.D., S.K. Pitla, M.P. Sama, and S.A. Shearer. 2015. Flow, spray pattern and droplet spectra characteristics of an electronically actuated variable-orifice nozzle. Trans. ASABE. 58(2) 261-269.
  14. Ramarao, V., P.R. Thomison, C.K. Gabriel, M.A. Bennett, E.M. Grassbaugh, M.D. Kleinhenz, S.A. Shearer, and S.K. Pitla. 2014. Seed tape effects on corn emergence under greenhouse conditions. Crop Mgmt. 13(1).  
  15. Luck, J.D., A. Sharda, S.K. Pitla, J.P. Fulton, and S.A. Shearer. 2011. A case study concerning the effects of controller response and turning movements on application rate uniformity with a self-propelled sprayer. Transactions of the ASABE. 54(2):423-431. 
  16. Luck, J.D., S.K. Pitla, R.S. Zandonadi, M.P. Sama, and S.A. Shearer. 2010. Estimating off-rate pesticide application errors resulting from agricultural sprayer turning movements. Precision Agriculture. 12(4): 534-545. 
  17. Pitla, S.K., L.G. Wells, and S.A. Shearer. 2009. Integration of an extended octagonal ring transducer and soil coulterometer for identifying soil compaction. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 25(5): 647-652.
  18. Luck, J.D., S.K. Pitla, T.G. Mueller, C.R. Dillon, S.F. Higgins, J.P. Fulton, and S.A. Shearer. 2009. Potential for pesticide and nutrient savings via map-based automatic boom section control of spray nozzles. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 70(1): 19-26