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