Rick van de Zedde is a senior scients/ business developer for Phenomics & Automation at Wageningen University & Research, where he has worked since 2004. His background is in Artificial Intelligence with a focus on imaging and robotics. In 2002, he graduated with a MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Groningen.
Since 2006 he has been a coordinator of Agro Food Robotics, a joint initiative of several research institutes within Wageningen UR. He is also one of the initiators of the Phenomics initiative within WUR - www.phenomics.nl - in which 15 WUR research groups work closely together on plant phenotyping projects. In 2012 he was directly involved in launching the EU-project PicknPack - www.picknpack.eu, in which advanced robotic food packaging lines will be developed and demonstrated to the food industry.
He also takes an active role in research. In 2011, he was head of the MARVIN-project in which he and his team developed a tomato seedling inspection approach based on 3D reconstruction. In the current EU project EPPN, he is the leader of the Novel Instrumentation for Plant Phenotyping work package.
In the EU-COST action FA1306, http://costfa1306.eu/ The quest for tolerant varieties - Phenotyping at plant and cellular level, he is WG3 leader taking care of the integration of phenotyping at plant and cell level and translation into good practices for applied end use.
EPPN, PicknPack and other on-going projects explore the potential of fast 3D shape analysis agrifood products and vision-guided robotics, areas in which WUR has recently made significant breakthroughs.