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LAS CRUCES – “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” was the title of a science fiction novel in the late 1960s. While future robots may not be dreaming of sheep, they may be herding them as the impact of artificial intelligence on agriculture leads to automated herding of livestock and technology that supports greater food security in arid lands like those in the Western U.S.

“Imagine no more cowboys on horseback running after livestock,” said Enrico Pontelli, dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and a Regents Professor in computer science. “We could actually remotely guide livestock from water source to water source and avoid overgrazing of different regions. The power of automation is going to be huge.”

NMSU recently received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program. Pontelli is the principal investigator for the project titled “Artificial Intelligence for Arid Land Agriculture (AIALA). Co-principal investigators in NMSU’s College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences include Lara Prihodko, college associate professor in rangeland ecology and Hatim Geli an assistant professor in animal and range sciences. Son Tran, computer science professor and department head, and Huiping Cao, computer science professor, are also co-principal investigators on the project.

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