Robotics holds the promise to improve our quality of life by providing robots that can undertake mundane, difficult or dangerous chores. For instance, producing organic food is a labour intensive, difficult and hence expensive job. The Growise project is aimed at developing robots that can substantially lower the cost of producing organic food. At the heart of the project is a computer controlled tractor-like vehicle that contains embedded intelligent agents, advanced machine vision and high-tech robotic systems. The project is concerned with researching the underlying technologies involved. In particular it addresses new methods of visually recognising produce and weeds as well as the development of highly compact agents based on Fuzzy Logic and Genetic Algorithm principles.
This project is being undertaken in collaboration with Writtle College.