Precision Sensing Team 


Zania Pothen

Research Engineer

Zania Pothen works as a Research Engineer on the Precision Vineyard Sensing project at Carnegie Mellon University. Her primary focus, is to develop efficient and robust computer vision algorithms for detecting vine berries and measuring berry characteristics from images collected in vineyards. She has completed her Masters in Robotics System Development from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013.


Abhisesh Silwal

Project Scientist

Abhisesh Silwal is a Project Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University. His primary research interest is in Computer vision-based robotic systems for agricultural automation. He has a PhD. in Agricultural Automation, Masters in Mechatronics, and an Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.

In this project, Abhisesh is focusing on using state-of-the-art techniques in Computer Vision to detect and count canes and buds during the dormant season. He is also leading the development of an autonomous grape vine pruning robot.