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Robotics & Imagining Systems Working Group I Autonomous Robotic Greenhouse Workshop II Guelph, Ontario 8 September 2005.

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1 Robotics & Imagining Systems Working Group I Autonomous Robotic Greenhouse Workshop II Guelph, Ontario 8 September 2005

2 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

3 Economics Automation Automonous Robotic Greenhouse The Storyline...

4 The Grand Mission...  To automate growing operations from seed to table

5 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

6 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

7 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)

8  Let’s Grow Together!

9 Participants  OCE: Fred Christie, Steve Colbert  NRC IMTI: Peter Orban  UofWindsor: Jonathan Wu  UofGuelph: Bernie Grodzinski, Hussein Abdullah, Javaid Iqhal  YorkU: Mavin Mandelbaum  OGVG: Shallim Khosla  Hydrorganic Greenhouse: Ed Casteels  Unisearch: Doug Beynon  Niagara College: Christine Bradaric-Baus, Marti Jurmain  UWO: John Barron  EMS: Andrew Bell  Honey Electric: Reg MacDonald  UTMIE: Reza Mani  UTIAS: Gabriele D’Eleuterio


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