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Research Project: Development of an Automated and Integrated Mobile System (AIMS) for Apple Harvest and In-field Sorting - Pennsylvania State University

Location: Sugarbeet and Bean Research

Project Number: 5050-43640-003-017-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 15, 2023
End Date: Jul 14, 2027

1. Evaluate and demonstrate the multi-arm robot and Automated and Integrated Mobile System (AIMS) in diverse commercial orchard systems and with different operational strategies in Pennsylvania and disseminate the technologies to growers and packers through extension and outreach activities. 2. Establish open-access repositories of labeled image data collected by multi-modal sensing systems under diverse orchard conditions as well as a performance benchmark suite of state-of-the-art AI models for fruit detection and quality grading.

Cooperator will work with ARS PI and other members of the project to plan and organize field tests and demonstrations of the harvesting robot (module only) and Automated and Integrated Mobile System (AIMS) in commercial high-density orchards in Pennsylvania, and participate with other members in extension activities such as field days, extension publications, and grower surveys. Cooperator will lead the image dataset and AI model development and open-access dataset platform establishment.