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The process we follow first depends on accurately capturing the tree/vine canopy in three dimensions. Before any decisions or actions can be made, first the canopy needs to be accurately reconstructed. We are investigating various technologies such as cameras, LIDAR and Microsoft Kinect, for their utility in capturing and recreating 3D canopies.

Horticulturists are defining optimal pruning as a set of rules, and these rules can be applied to recreated canopies. This is an attempt to remove the “art” from pruning and define pruning in ways that can be autonomously applied.

The final step involves putting data from the first two steps into practice. Our commercial partner, Vision Robotics Corp., has developed a prototype autonomous grapevine pruner that is currently nearing commercialization.

Approach taken in this project to address automation

Approach taken in this project to address automation