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Gerrit is a senior researcher Image Analysis and Machine Vision at the department Greenhouse Technology of Wageningen University and Research Center. In 1985 he obtained a B.Sc. in electronics at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem the Netherlands. After working several years in image processing and related topics, in 2004 he got a Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology on spectral imaging for measuring biochemicals in plant material. From 2004 he works at Wageningen University on machine-vision and robotics projects in agriculture.
His research interests include imaging spectroscopy and spectral imaging for disease detection and high throughput automated plant phenotyping. Furthermore he worked on sensor fusion (color, fluorescence and infrared) for monitoring plant health using a robot system, and other projects mainly focused on agricultural research.
Gerrit is (co-)author of 3 book chapters and more than 90 papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings (https://research.wur.nl/en/persons/gerrit-polder/) and an active member of WUR’s Vision + Robotics programme which brings together more than 60 WUR experts in machine learning, computer vision, spectral imaging, and robotic systems. We research and develop solutions for the green sector together with industrial and business partners.
We are organizing a Summer School on 'Image Analysis for Plant Phenotyping’ on a yearly basis in Wageningen.