Study level

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/School

Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Dr Chris Lehnert
Position
Lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

There are many advantages to a vertical growing system including increased efficiencies with nutrients and water while optimally controlling the growing environment to maximise crop growth and quality.

In order to make vertical growing systems more effective, we are looking at designing a robotic vertical growing system which can manage the crop from seedling to harvesting. Managing the crop includes continuously monitoring the growth stages of thee crop, identifying any issues with the health of the crop and then harvesting the crop at the optimal stage.

Research activities

This research focuses on robotic grasping and agricultural robotics. In this project you will help to develop a fully-automated robotic vertical growing system within an indoor lab environment.

Outcomes

We expect to design a robotic vertical growing system which can manage the crop from seedling to harvesting.

Skills and experience

You must have mechatronic skills, including electrical and mechanical design skills.

You will also need software skills including Python, and some experience with Robot Operating System (ROS) would be ideal.

Contact

Contact the supervisor for more information.