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April 15, 2024

Zhichao Cao earns NSF Career Award

$500K to support precision agriculture research

Zhichao Cao
Zhichao Cao

An MSU College of Engineering assistant professor has earned a prestigious award from the National Science Foundation and grant to support his research. 

Zhichao Cao, of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was named in April the recipient of an NSF Career Award. Cao is also a faculty affiliate of AgBioResearch at MSU.

It includes a 5-year, $500,000 grant to support Cao's research into the relationship between data collection and precision agriculture. 

Cao is the principal investigator for an NSF-funded research project entitled "LoRa Enabled Space-air-ground Integrated Networks for Next-Generation Agricultural IoT." The research has received more than $90,000 in NSF funding to date. 

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IoT stands for Internet-of-Things: devices with sensors, processing abilities, software and other technologies that connect and exchange data over the Internet.

Precision agriculture involves technology that helps enhance crop yield and energy efficiency, and reduce management expenses. 

The NSF honors researchers and education leaders with career awards annually. These awards include federal funding for research and education activities for five consecutive years. 

Cao joined MSU in 2020 and worked for six years at Tsinghua University's School of Software in Beijing, China. For more information about his research expertise and background, check out his profile page. 

Written by Eric Lacy, See more at the Engineering Media and Public Relations page.