Cornell’s Robots Want a Bottle of White, Bottle of Red

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Cornell University has a $7.2 billion endowment, yet has received $1.5 billion in grants since 2017. This includes $1.2 million since 2019 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help vineyards manage themselves.

The funding to Big Red was for touch sensitive technologies for improved vineyard management.

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“This project aims to develop an automated vineyard system to accurately determine vine yield, leaf area to fruit ratio, and cluster integrity based on touch-sensitive soft robots (rather than the industry standard of computer vision), accurately estimating grape vine yields prior to harvest,” a summary of the project says.

The grant partially funded a seminar titled, “Robots, Wine and Food, a seminar on Precision Agriculture at Cornell and beyond.”

Professors “review opportunities and challenges in agriculture and technology,” according to a website advertising the course. The topics include grapes, strawberries, apples, soil, machine learning, and robotics, among other things.

“We have a super exciting line up of prominent speakers spanning researchers, industry, farmers, and more – the class also includes field trips to the Dyce lab for pollinator research, the Cornell Vineyards, and the Cornell Dairy Plant,” the website says.

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