RoboCrops 2020 is the first edition of an annual event where global leaders in greenhouse horticulture and the high-tech community meet to discuss real-life challenges and potential high-tech solutions.
Growers, tech companies and students will be challenged to the limit in the extensive programme packed with a hackathon, informative sessions and matchmaking which are taking place simultaneously at World Horti Centre & RoboHouse.
The aim of RoboCrops is to speed up the development of robotics in greenhouse horticulture. RoboCrops therefore focuses on both the hardware (sensors, robot arms, grippers, autonomous vehicles) and the decision-supporting software required to control the robots.
Drone by PATS Indoor Drone Solutions BV, a startup from Delft that develops technology to control insect populations in greenhouses.
In order for a robot to autonomously harvest crops, it must combine sense (where is the tomato?), think (to pick or not to pick?, that is the question!), and act (pick and place in a container!). While good progress has been made in the development of harvesting robots in general, they are still not widely used in our greenhouses. In particular not for the delicate task of picking softer crops, like tomatoes, bell peppers or strawberries.
The video below provides a clear example of the 'state of the art' overview of the 'state of the art', compiled in December 2018.
Because the field of Robotics is all about interdisciplinarity, integration and cooperation, the the Next Generation Robotics Study Association came up with the theme;
"Harvest a specific crop in a greenhouse"
The exact crop that is used in this year's challenge will be revealed during the interest drink on Wednesday 25th of March.
Tackling this challenge requires teamwork from students with a background in fields like Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Industrial Design Engineering, but also knowledge of plants and greenhouses. Bachelor, Master and PhD students are welcome! If you don't study in any of these fields formally, but are really motivated and would like to attend, you can still sign up!
The hackathon itself will be held on the 23rd and 24th of April 2020, but we will also have some events lined up before that;
- 19th of February, 12:45 - 13:30; Interest lunch. Presentations about a computer vision in agrifood and the challenges of robotics in greenhouses. Location: RoboValley, Julianalaan 67A in Delft.
- 25th of March, 17:30-18:30; Information night. More information about the content, teams, reveal of the crop to be harvested and program will be provided during this event.
- 27th of March, 13:00; Registration deadline. Make sure you (and your teammates) have registered through this website before this time!
The Zebro robot, a six legged swarm robot, wandering the grounds of the TU Delft Campus.
The RoboCrops Hackathon is organised by TU Delft, WUR, RoboHouse and the Next Generation Robotics Study Association.
About Next Generation Robotics
The Next Generation Robotics Study Association connects students from the TU Delft to interesting companies, events and projects
The NGRSA was founded to answer the need to have a robotics community for students within the TU Delft. Robotics is a multidisciplinary field by definition, and that is what we like about it; searching at the fringes of each field from engineering to ethics, to find interesting new things to learn about.
RoboCrops HackathonRegistration website for RoboCrops Hackathon
RoboCrops HackathonRoboCrops Hackathon0.00EUROnlineOnly2019-01-01T00:00:00Z
RoboHouseRoboHouseJulianalaan 67 2628 BC Delft Netherlands