R. van de Zedde: Automation and robotics for high-throughput phenotyping and precision horticulture

Bio Information

Rick van de Zedde is project manager of the new phenotyping facility NPEC at Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and senior scientist/ business developer Phenomics and Automation at the Wageningen Plant Science Group. He has worked at WUR since 2004. He has a background in Artificial Intelligence with a focus on imaging and robotics.

Presentation Abstract

Automated plant phenotyping offers plant scientists, breeders and growers a powerful tool to gather vast amounts of growth data to understand and optimise plant performance and productivity. For effective use these tools need to be fast, accurate and objective, new promising AI tools enable researcher to extract data earlier unreachable.  Tools developed for phenotyping purposes can be translated to horticultural production and precision agriculture.

This cross-disciplinary interaction launched as a catalyst generated a range of novel technological developments and projects among others a new research facility in Wageningen called Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC).


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