Research Center for Agricultural Robotics (RCAR) aims to contribute to the early realization of "Society 5.0" in the field of agricultural and food industry by applying state-of-the-art robotics and system integration technologies. To build data-driven smart agricultural systems based on crop growth status and environmental information, we will develop technologies related to "sensing", "action planning by AI" and "actuation by smart agricultural machinery and robots" as the core technologies of the system.
Development of a growth sensing system for just-in-time production of strawberries
The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) has developed a growth sensing system that automatically collects the strawberry growth information for the realization of just-in-time (JIT) production of strawberries. By means of combining this system with growth control technology that utilizes growth models and AI, it will be eventually possible to control the harvest date of strawberries with high accuracy. In the future, it is expected that the income of strawberry farmers will increase by precisely matching the time when the demand for strawberries is high with the peak shipment. Read more