Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Automation of Dormant Pruning of Specialty Crops"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Horticulture
Project Description:
The vision of this research project is to use modern sensors, computers, and robotic manipulators to develop technologies for automating critical yet labor-intensive operations of pruning apple trees and grapevines. We propose to address the shortcomings for pruning mechanization through novel, state-of-the-art 3D sensing methodologies and decision systems that enable the development of a robotic pruning system.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern would work on the design and implementation of algorithms and systems to collect data from apple trees and grapevines (using cameras, laser scanners, and other methods) and generate 3D models so that we can identify the pruning points.
Related Website(s):
http://pruningautomation.com/
Desired Qualifications:
Programming experience is required Knowledge of Matlab is highly desirable
Estimated Weekly Hours:
10
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
No

Professor in Charge

Name:
Park, Johnny
Deptartment/College:
electrical and computer engineering

Student Supervisor

Name:
Henry Medeiros
Title:
Research Associate

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Peter M Hirst
Deptartment/College:
Horticulture