The TrimBot2020is an EU funded project that will research the robotics and vision technologies to prototype the first outdoor garden trimming robot. The robot will navigate over varying terrain, approach rose bushes, hedges and boxwood topiary, to trim them to an ideal shape.
C-IPM project Pest Management tool for tomato and pepper in Europe (PeMaTo-EuroPep). Proper pest monitoring is the basis of good biological control. Knowledge of the ratio of pest and beneficial insects is indispensable for determining the necessary control strategy. In PeMaTo-EuroPep, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) develops advanced camera and computer vision systems for pest monitoring. A mobile semi-automatic image acquisition trolley for the greenhouse was developed. Moreover, a deep-learning based image analysis system is currently under development that automatically recognizes and counts whiteflies and predatory bugs on images taken of yellow sticky traps.
EU project SWEEPER (Sweet-pepper harvesting robot). SWEEPERs main objective is to put the first generation greenhouse harvesting robots onto the market. SWEEPER optimises the cultivation system by simplifying the harvest through the use of a robot. In order to improve the level of the robots cognitive skills, crop models will be used to determine the approximate location of the peppers. This model-based vision will improve and accelerate fruit detection.
Intelligent sensing and manipulation for sustainable production and harvesting of high value crops). CROPS (Clever Robots for Crops)was a large-scale integrating FP7 EU research project in the theme Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies within the call: Automation and robotics for sustainable crop and forestry management. The project started in October 2010 and was accomplished in September 2014.