The picture of staff shows the team on a filed with different farming equipment


The research at the CPA relies on the multi-disciplinary knowledge of our staff. We are a team of researchers and research technicians with background in a variety of disciplines, especially agronomy, soil science, weed science, geoinformatics and robotics.

Core group

Kjersti Balke Hveem

Head of the center, Kjersti has a Master’s degree as an engineer within product development and materials, and experience from working within several different industries. She enjoys working in cross-disciplinary teams and with drawing connection lines between different areas of expertise. In the interface between technology and agronomy, one of Kjersti’s goals is to contribute to bringing cutting edge agriculture technology and research closer to the farmer. Kjersti is the person to contact if you have any questions or requests concerning the Centre for Precision Agriculture.

Krzysztof Kusnierek

Krzysztof is a researcher who is specialized on the development and testing of different camera and sensor systems. He largely utilizes multivariate statistics and works amongst others with early fungi detection in wheat and combined detection of stressors that affect the crop simultaneously. His research area also comprises precision fertilization, web-based decision support systems, web programming, and the development of robotic systems.

Jakob Geipel

Jakob is a researcher and expert for utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) for sensor measurements in agriculture. He focuses amongst others on hyperspectral remote sensing, photogrammetry, image processing, geo-information, programming, prototyping, and multivariate statistics. His field of research comprises both grain and forage production.

Maximilian Pircher

Max is an engineer and a passionate pilot of any remotely controllable vehicle. He is specialized on building UAVs and UGVs. He is an expert in planning and performing remote sensing campaigns, which include multispectral imaging and LIDAR measurements. He has a strong background in electronics and steering systems.

El Houssein Chouaib Harik

Chouaib is a researcher who is specialized in the development of robotic solutions going from hardware architecture to the establishment of control laws and their integration on real platforms. He is specialized in mobile robots navigation, Human Machine Interfaces, embedded systems, and heterogeneous multi-robot cooperation. He is working on the development of new robotic approaches for precision agriculture.

Håvard Johansen Lindgaard

Håvard is the center’s mechanical engineer and technician. He is also a farmer and has a wide experience from his family’s farm with dairy production. He has a 3- year agronomic education in two different agronomic areas, followed by a bachelor degree in Norway’s only college for agricultural engineering. Based on this he completes the center’s agronomic and theoretical knowledge with practical angles from a farmer’s side.

Kristian Rindal

Kristian is a technician of the Center. He has Agricultural experience from his family farm with Cattle breeding and sheep production. His education consists of a Bachelor in agriculture along with a Bachelor in Marketing and Leadership of Tourism Organisations. This enables Kristian to contribute with a first-hand experience and practical approaches with a theoretical competence as a basis.

Crop experts group 

Audun Korsaeth

Audun is the director of Division of food production and society, he is  a researcher with a broad background in agriculture. He has worked with research question linked to precision agriculture since 2001, and has led many large projects in this research area. He has a quite extensive national and international network, and works primarily with project development and innovations.

Anne Kjersti Bakken

Anne Kjersti is a researcher educated as a plant physiologist who has later specialized on forage production and ruminant production systems in Norway. She has conducted research on environmental issues related to agriculture and at CPA she is responsible for activities in precision fertilization and timing of harvests to forage crop yield and quality development.

Therese With Berge

Therese is a researcher who is specialized on site-specific weed detection as well as chemical and mechanical weeding technology. She works in the interface of sensing and agronomy, including the development of decision algorithms for weed control based on sensor and image data. She predominantly works with wheat cropping systems.

Anita Sønsteby

Anita is a plant physiologist and fruit and berry researcher. She focuses on the interaction of the environment and different cultivars in fruit and berry production. She works on the optimization of the fruit and the berry quality as well as the improvement of in- and outdoor cultivation systems (e.g. fertilization, temperature), adapted to the individual plant development stages. Her research also comprises the development of methods for an accurate determination of the phenological stage.

Unni Myrheim Roos

Unni is a research technician and expert in the field of berry production. She works with different cultivation techniques; especially drip irrigation, precision fertilization, and plant protection. She has profound experience in the design and practical implementation of experiments in the field, in tunnels and in the greenhouse. Her greenhouse experiments aim on the adaption of cultivation systems to robotic harvesting. She has a broad knowledge of different cultivars and extensive experience in plant nursing.

Sofie Anderesen

Sofie is an engineer with berry production as the main area. She works with practical implementation of experiments in field, tunnels and greenhouse, where especially cultivation technique and substrate are in focus. She has an agricultural background from Denmark as well as experience from her family’s fruit and vegetable farm and previous jobs in i.a. New Zealand.

Tomasz Leszek Woznicki

Tomasz is a horticultural researcher. He focuses on the using of semi-controlled systems in berry production. He works on the optimization of the berry quality and yield by the adjustment of fertigation strategy to plant requirements and environmental conditions. His research also comprises the implementation of alternative growing media into horticultural industry.