G. Cielniak: Soft Fruit Perception in the Wild

Bio Information

Grzegorz Cielniak is an Associate Professor at the Lincoln Agri-Robotics Centre, University of Lincoln, UK. His subject specialism falls within agri-robotics and includes robotic perception and navigation in unstructured outdoor environments, with a strong focus on robotic application delivery in agriculture. His research is multidisciplinary and crosses areas of computer science, engineering and agriculture.

He is a holder of a number of funded grants for collaborative projects between academia and the agri-food industry. Grzegorz is a coordinator of the RASberry funding programme bringing together various funding sources to support robotic solutions for soft fruit production.

Presentation Abstract

One of the most important components of almost any automated agricultural technology is a reliable perception system providing information about crop, plants and the entire farm environment. For example, a vision system designed for recognising strawberry fruit can be used for plant health monitoring, yield forecasting but also for guiding a robotic arm able to pick individual fruit. Development of effective and efficient vision systems for soft fruit industry is challenging, however, due to numerous challenges including variable lighting conditions, reflections, occlusions, the non-rigid structure of the strawberry plants and relatively small size of the fruit.

In this talk, I will present recent advances in the field of soft fruit perception undertaken by the University of Lincoln team, addressing problems of detection, localisation and tracking of soft fruit together with the assessment of their properties such as ripeness and quality. The provided examples will be illustrated by practical robotic applications for the soft fruit industry deployed in real farms.


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