Researchers Studying Robotic Automation for Orchards

Published by , June 13, 2016 12:33 am

(FruitGrowersNews) The University of Minnesota (UMN) received a grant of $914,565 to develop planning algorithms that would allow robots to operate autonomously in apple orchards. The technology the team is trying to develop will focus on two tasks: counting apples in an orchard and measuring their diameter.
Ibrahim Volkan Isler, an associate professor in UMN’s Computer Science and Engineering department, is leading the robotics and sensing portion of the project, along with Ai-Ping Hu, an engineer with Georgia Tech. James Luby, a UMN professor and fruit breeder, along with professors Cindy Tong and Emily Hoover, is providing a horticultural perspective.

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