The Project

We have finished the academic phase of the project!

Our device autonomously made the pollination of plants prepared by the Department of Apiculture of Horticulture Institute in Puławy. We took the first fruits obtained thanks to our robot. We achieved our goals by building a system based on computer vision systems and a machine allowing driving to and reaching flowers (a brush to collect and transfer pollen). Undoubtedly, the most important element of our technology demonstrator is software for autonomous robot operations – pollination, but also the observation of plants and their future fertilization and intelligent distribution of plant protection means. Demonstrator of our robot is ready!

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Strefa Agro (Agri business press)
Polish State Television TVP
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Flying unit autonomous pollination in tests

Comming soon: an episode of “The inventors of the future” on Discovery (January 2017)

What’s next?

Now, we want to introduce our solution to the market – for this purpose we are looking for people willing to invest in a development of an intelligent robotic platform for sustainable agriculture. Now we want to build a prototype and the first robots that will be employed in real field conditions.

More details in the promotional material: Teaser

If interested, please contact me:

rdalewski@meil.pw.edu.pl
ph. +48 22 234 15 25
mob. +48 600 80 80 68

Background of the project

Our solution used wisely can help us work on the protection of bees and stop their extinction. For example, one of the reasons for reducing the bee population in the United States is transporting them to areas of crops that require short – temporary but intense pollination – for example, cultivation of almond trees, which are concentrated on the south western coast of the United States. In the spring, the two weeks of the year during pollination of Almond, bees are transported from all over the United States. Bees weakened because of long travel (sometimes traveling several thousand miles away!) are more vulnerable to different illnesses. Because almond is very poor in nutrition, so hard-working insects are weak and need feeding. In addition contacts with other swarms, promote the exchange of diseases and parasites. After being used for pollination bees have yet to return to their homes, the place where they were taken from. All this results in increased mortality of insects and weakening of their populations. Our device could replace the bees in the pollination process, including nutrient-poor plants, in greenhouses (where only bumblebees can be used) and the crop breeding, where people pollinate plants.

The system will consist of semi-autonomous and autonomous pollinating robot(s) and central managing unit. The solution will be developed to the stage of technology demonstrator that will allow to prepare and develop prototype technology for production. The main task is to automate the process of selected plants pollination. At the initial stage of implementation for use in controlled breeding (cross-fertilization and controlled genetic recombination) and pollination of limited number of plants, but finally of any plant regardless of the conditions of the environment (maybe except for the rain and night).

And in a more understandable way – the device we want to create in the LEADER program funded by the National Research and Development Centre, will consist of two main elements: “bees”, i.e. a robot collecting pollen and transfer it to flower stigmas (the same or different flowers), and the MIGHTY COMPUTER that will be able to control the motion of bees and to supervise their work. One of the most important tasks is to create a program that will be responsible for the whole system. A unique feature of the device is autonomy, which means that it will be able to work without human intervention. In short, no one will have to sit in the bushes with a remote control to control the bee 😉