Viacheslav Adamchuk

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Professor and Chair

T: 514-398-7657  |  viacheslav.adamchuk [at] (Email)  |   Macdonald-Stewart Building, MS1-028  |  Website  vadamchuk


BS (National Agricultural Univ. of Ukraine)
MS, PhD (Purdue Univ.)

Short Bio

Originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, Dr. Adamchuk obtained a mechanical engineering degree from the National Agricultural University of Ukraine in his hometown. Later, he received both MS and PhD degrees in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA). Shortly after graduating , Dr. Adamchuk began his academic career as a faculty member in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, Nebraska, USA). There, he taught university students, conducted research and delivered outreach programs relevant to precision agriculture, spatial data management, and education robotics. Also he was involved in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) tractor testing program and developed a methodology to validate the accuracy of tractor auto-guidance systems. After almost ten years  in Nebraska, Dr. Adamchuk  was appointed to the  Bioresource Engineering Department at McGill University (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada), while retaining his adjunct status at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Awards and Recognitions

ASABE Standard Development Award for ASABE/ISO 12188-2:2012 "Positioning and Guidance in Agriculture - Part 2: Testing satellite-based auto-guidance systems" standard, 2016
Susan J. Rosowski Professorship in recognition of distinguished scholarship and creative activity, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009-2010
Pierre C. Robert Precision Agriculture Young Scientist Award, Ninth International Conference on Precision Agriculture, Denver, Colorado, 2008

Active Affiliations

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2010-2020
Associate Member of the Center for Intelligent Machines (CIM) at McGill University, 2015-present
Secretary for the International Society of Precision Agriculture, 2014-2018

Research Interests

Dr. Adamchuk’s research has focused on the development and deployment of on-the-go soil sensing technology to enhance the economic and environmental benefits of precision agriculture. Since he began his research in the mid 90s, Dr. Adamchuk developed and evaluated a fleet of on-the-go soil sensor prototypes capable of mapping physical and chemical soil attributes while moving across an agricultural field. These sensors produce geo-referenced data to quantify spatial soil heterogeneity, which may be used to prescribe differentiated soil treatments according to local needs. Along with his work on sensors, Dr. Adamchuk has conducted numeric analysis of the agro-economic value of sensor-based information to aid in the successful deployment of emerging on-the-go sensing technology. Through recent studies on soil and crop sensor fusion and data clustering, he was able to further investigate the challenges faced by early adopters. Through his outreach activities, Dr. Adamchuk has taught a number of programs dedicated to a systems approach in adopting smart farming technologies around the world.

Current Research

Integrated proximal sensing of soil and crop
Development of Scale-Up Sensor-Based Precision Agriculture Services in Ontario
Optimization of nitrogen fertilization in response to production system uncertainties such as soils, weather and economics across Canada under 4R stewardship


FMTP 027 Precision Farming 1.33 Credits
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BREE 504 Instrumentation and Control 3 Credits
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BREE 529 GIS for Natural Resource Mgmt 3 Credits
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ENVB 529 GIS for Natural Resource Mgmt 3 Credits
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View a list of current publications

Other current publications

Adamchuk, V.I. 2015. Precision agriculture and food security. In: Bringing Space Down to Earth by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Space Security, 17-19. Geneva, Switzerland: World Economic Forum.

Adamchuk, V.I., B. Allred, J. Doolittle, K. Grote K., and R.A. Viscarra Rossel. 2015. Tools for proximal soil sensing. In: Soil Survey Manual, Supplement to Chapter 4, USDA Handbook 18, C. Ditzler and L. West, eds. Washington, DC: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (31 pages, on-line publication).

Dhawale, N.M., V.I. Adamchuk, S.O. Prasher, R.A. Viscarra Rossel, A.A. Ismail, and J. Kaur. 2015. Proximal soil sensing using a portable mid-infrared spectrometer. European Journal of Soil Science, 66:661-669 (DOI: 10.1111/ejss.12265).

Kaur, J., V.I. Adamchuk, J.K. Whalen, and A.A. Ismail. 2015. Development of an NDIR CO2 sensor-based system for assessing soil toxicity using substrate-induced respiration. Sensors, 15, 4734-4748 (DOI:10.3390/s150304734).

Klassen, S.P., J. Villa, V. Adamchuk, and R. Serraj. 2014. Soil mapping for improved phenotyping of drought resistance in lowland rice fields. Field Crop Research, 167:112-118.

Pan, L., V.I. Adamchuk, S. Prasher, R. Gebbers, R.S. Taylor, and M. Dabas. 2014. Vertical soil profiling using a galvanic contact resistivity scanning approach. Sensors, 14:13243-13255 (DOI: 10.3390/s140713243).

Pan, L., V.I. Adamchuk, R.B. Ferguson, P.R.L. Dutilleul, S.O. Prasher. 2014. Analysis of water stress prediction quality as influenced by the number and placement of temporal soil-water monitoring sites. Journal of Water Resource and Protection, 6:961-971.


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