Presentation on theme: "Robotics & Imagining Systems Working Group I Autonomous Robotic Greenhouse Workshop II Guelph, Ontario 8 September 2005."— Presentation transcript:
Robotics & Imagining Systems Working Group I Autonomous Robotic Greenhouse Workshop II Guelph, Ontario 8 September 2005
What Industry Needs Near-term requirements: Cutting costs to remain competitive for the next 5 years Biggest costs–harvesting! Longer-term considerations: Stop thinking in square metres; start thinking in cubic metres Cost savings up to 3.5x The future is 3D greenhousing! Return-on-investment horizon: Less than 3 years
Economics Automation Automonous Robotic Greenhouse The Storyline...
The Grand Mission... To automate growing operations from seed to table
The Big Question... What is the science and technology required to enable cost-efficient growing operations in enclosed systems? Logistics (moving plants vs moving equipment) Energy considerations Artificial intelligence Sensing & automation Robotics
Focus of Proposal Development of science and technology to realize the 3D greenhouse of the future Comparison of future conventional greenhouse operations to 3D greenhouse operations Infrastructure: Conventional greenhouse Baseline 3D greenhouse, suitable for innovative experimentation Robotic and automated systems
Declared Interests OGVG, YorkU (3D greenhousing) OMA (cost-effective production) UofWindsor, NRC IMTI, YorkU (virtual greenhouse modeling) Neptec, UofGuelph, UWO (imaging) Unisearch, UTMIE (3D gas analysis) Honey Electric (systems integration) UofGuelph, UTIAS, YorkU, NRC IMTI, OCE (robotics) Niagara College (photonics) NRC IMTI (post-harvest operations) EMS, UofGuelph, UofWindsor (plant-health monitoring)