11 February 2020
DELFT, Netherlands: Visitor registration for the inaugural RoboCrops event is now live. RoboCrops, which is scheduled for April 23-24, 2020, is set to become the leading event in greenhouse robotics, hosting hackathons, top-notch presentations and matchmaking.
The two-day event will bring together the Netherlands’ core academic capabilities in robotics innovation and will encourages academic and horticultural industry collaboration to accelerate the development and adoption of robotics in greenhouse horticulture. Professionals and students will be challenged during an jam-packed programme with hackathons, informative sessions and matchmaking which are taking place simultaneously at World Horti Center Naaldwijk and RoboHouse/TU Delft.
RoboCrops focuses on both the hardware – sensors, robot arms, grippers, autonomous vehicles – and the decision-supporting software required to control the robots. Robots or robot components will be classified into three areas during RoboCrops: “Sense” (sensors with which the robot observes the environment), “Think” (processing the data from sensors, often using Artificial Intelligence/Augmented Reality) and “Act” (performing an action, such as cutting leaves or picking vegetables or cut flowers).
Growers will be treated to a programme at World Horti Center on 23 April which will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in robotics for greenhouse horticulture.
Staff from tech companies and universities will be at hand to demonstrate what the technical possibilities and challenges are on 24 April.
On both days students will be working in RoboHouse in Delft during a major hackathon organised by TU Delft and WUR. During that hackathon they will apply their expertise to various challenges, and thereby help accelerate developments in the field of robotics. On 24 April they will be pitching their hacks to a professional jury at World Horti Center. The programme also provides opportunities for matchmaking between various parties.