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Wageningen University & Research / Stichting Wageningen Research (WR) is the contract research organisation of Wageningen University & Research (WUR). WUR is a world-renowned centre that combines fundamental and applied research with innovative education in the areas of food, agrotechnology, production systems, nature and the environment. As part of WR, the Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture is an organisation for strategic and applied-scientific research on protected crop production for national and international authorities. Drawing on a history of more than 100 years of research in greenhouse horticulture and vast experience in leading and participating in EU projects (e.g. Spicy, CROPS, PicknPack, Trimbot2020), the greenhouse horticulture group specializes in providing integrated solutions for sustainable horticultural production. The Greenhouse Technology Team, as part of the Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture is specialized in designing greenhouses, climate modelling, climate control, computer vision and robotization in horticultural greenhouses. With a strong focus on applied research, projects are commonly implemented in close collaboration with companies to assure that the results obtained are implemented in horticultural practice.

Website: http://www.glastuinbouw.wur.nl/

Major activities in SWEEPER

As project coordinator, WR will be responsible for the scientific design, set-up, budget, overall progress, and success of the SWEEPER project through WP1. It will monitor the development of all WPs, communicate with the WP-leaders, and organize overall project meetings and meetings of the steering committee. DLO will be responsible for reporting to the EU.
Within the framework of WP7 activities, WR will focus on the testing and improving the sweet pepper harvesting robot. Furthermore WR will be involved in WP2 (Hardware Systems Integration), WP3 (Software Systems Engineering), WP8 (Dissemination and Exploitation). A larger role of DLO is planned in WP4 (High-level robot control) and in WP5 (Sensing).

Key staff

JosBalendonck

Jos Balendonck

Msc degree in Medical Electronics. Current position: Senior Scientist in the Wageningen UR Greenhouse Technology group. His research interests include sensors, monitoring and control, water management and irrigation and greenhouse climate. Activities in Sweeper: since October 2015 Project co-ordinator. Personal web-page, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jochen Hemming

PhD degree in in Horticultural Science. Current position: Senior Researcher Computer Vision and Robotics in the Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture group. His research interests include computer vision, robotics, automation in plant production and measurement & control systems. Main activities in Sweeper: Leader of WP7 (Applied Testing). Webmaster. Personal web-page, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ruud Barth

MSc degree in Artificial Intelligence. Current position: research scientist with the Business Unit Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture. His research focus is on applied computer vision & robotics research in the field of life sciences, e.g. greenhouse horticulture, agriculture and food. Main activities in Sweeper: WP7 (Applied Testing), WP4 (High-level robot control), WP3 (Software Systems Engineering) and WP5 (Sensing). Personal webpage, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Bart van Tuijl

BSc in Mechanical Engineering, with a specialisation in Mechatronics.  Current position: Technical Researcher at WUR. His research interests lie in the field of mechanical engineering and mechatronic systems. Main activities in Sweeper: Mechatronics expert, design of end-effectors within WP2 and WP7 (Applied Testing),   Personal web-page, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WUR Toon Tielen

Toon Tielen

MSc in Biosystems Engineering from Wageningen University. Current position: Junior researcher mechatronic systemens and agro-robotica. Main activities in Sweeper: WP7 (Applied Testing). Personal web-page. e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Marcel Raaphorst

MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management Science. Former Chrysanthemum grower and now research scientist in the Business Unit Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture. Research interests: business economics, climate control, cultivation systems, environmental sciences. Main activities in Sweeper: Economics and Exploitation (WP8). Personal web-page, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

Jan Bontsema

Jan Bontsema left Wageningen UR in October 2015. Until that moment Jan Bontsema was the project co-ordinator of Sweeper. His current e-mail is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.