APIS, the pollinator drone – Presented by Anthony Van der Pluijm & Aleksandar Petrov, Delft University of Technology

APIS, the pollinator drone – Presented by Anthony Van der Pluijm & Aleksandar Petrov, Delft University of Technology, Micro Air Vehicle Lab, at the Smart Farming Conference, Jun 29, 2017, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Pollination, typically done by bees, is in some cases insufficient or ineffective. For this reason, a proof of concept of a fully autonomous micro air vehicle is being designed for greenhouses. Both a market study and an investigation into the engineering challenges were performed. Indeed, the technological advances that have been made in indoor navigation, miniaturization and precise vision based control have allowed the opportunity for this project. The combination of aspects such as safety, sustainability and efficiency have led to a unique design, the APIS (Autonomous Pollination and Imaging System).

Anthony van der Pluijm

About Anthony Van der Pluijm & Aleksandar Petrov

Anthony and Aleksandar represent a group of nine aerospace engineering students from TU Delft who investigate concepts of pollinating inside greenhouses by using drones.

Their work was done under the supervision of Christophe De Wagter from the Micro Air Vehicle Lab.

Aleksandar Petrov

About Delft University of Technology, Micro Air Vehicle Lab

The faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft is one of the largest scientific communities focusing on aerospace and related areas in the world.

As part of it, the Micro Air Vehicle Lab is involved in different types of small drone projects, some as light as 20 grams.

About Smart Farming Conference

The Smart Farming Conference is part of the first global Innovative Food-Agri Event – a two-day event (Jun 28-29, 2017) that includes:

Scope: After mechanisation, the introduction of mineral fertiliser and the industrialisation of production processes, connectivity and data management are now set to unleash the next revolution in the history of farming, smart farming. Precision agriculture has been an evolving reality for some time, but It has now reached a point where it is not only possible to collect vast quantities of data, but also  to control different pieces of equipment or monitor individual animals, the Internet of Things. A growing number of farmers are starting to adopt digital technology and data-driven innovations.

What new business models will be successful, and will new players disrupt the traditional farming landscape? How to deal with change (from traditional farmer to smart farmer)? How to identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production? The conference will answer this kind of questions.

Focus topics:

  • Available technologies for Farming 4.0 (drones (Air / Land), sensors /sensor network, Internet of Things, Big Data, Robotics, Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence, etc)
  • Precision agriculture
  • 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing and many more…

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