With the global population projected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is focused on giving the next generation of robots the vision and understanding to help solve real-world challenges, including sustainable food production.
In an exciting development, Centre Research Affiliate Chris Lehnert is part of QUT’s involvement in the Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre, which this week secured $35 million in Federal Government funding over 10 years, and $149.6 million in cash and in-kind funds from more than 50 participants.
Dr Lehnert will be working on developing robotics and smart technology for vertical and indoor protected cropping.
“The future potential of robotics in indoor protected cropping will be their ability to intelligently sense, think and act in order to reduce production costs and maximise output value in terms of crop yield and quality,” Dr Lehnert said.
“Robotics taking action, such as autonomous harvesting within indoor protected cropping will be a game changer for growers who are struggling to reduce their production costs.”
The CRC was initiated by NSW Farmers Association on behalf of the national representative farm sector and as part of a broader industry-wide push to increase value-adding capability, product differentiation and responsiveness to consumer preferences.
The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is developing a novel robotic harvesting platform for multiple crops. Centre researchers based at The Australian National University in Canberra are focusing initially on asparagus, capsicum and chilli.
The planned robotic harvester consists of three main systems: perception, manipulation and transportation. It is at an early stage of development.
“Ultimately, we want to deliver an intelligent and practical robotic harvesting solution that will be ‘truly useful’ for Australian farmers and the wider horticultural community,” said Centre Chief Investigator Robert Mahony.
“The objective is to have commercially viable units available in 2023.”
Shelley Thomas, Communications Specialist
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About The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is an ARC Centre of Excellence, funded for $25.6 million over seven years to form the largest collaborative group of its kind generating internationally impactful science and new technologies that will transform important Australian industries and provide solutions to some of the hard challenges facing Australia and the globe. Formed in 2014, the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is the world’s first research centre specialising in robotic vision. They are a group of researchers on a mission to develop new robotic vision technologies to expand the capabilities of robots. Their work will give robots the ability to see and understand for the sustainable well-being of people and the environments we live in. The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has assembled an interdisciplinary research team from four leading Australian research universities: QUT, The University of Adelaide (UoA), The Australian National University (ANU), and Monash University as well as CSIRO’s Data61 and overseas universities and research organisations including the French national research institute for digital sciences (INRIA), Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), and the University of Oxford.
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