Dr. Jochen Hemming (1969) received his MSc degree in 1996 and a PhD degree in 2000 in Horticultural Science from the University of Hannover, Germany. After that he started to work at the contract research part of Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands. In his current position as Senior Researcher Computer Vision and Robotics in Horticulture he works in large European projects on robotic harvesting and plant manipulation and is project leader of a number of national research projects. His research is focused on developing new robotic and mechatronic solutions and on the optimization of existing concepts together with industry and international partners. Two key ingredients in this field are machine vision and artificial intelligence which are used to control robots, to sort, and to assess the quality of horticultural and food products and to detect pests and diseases.