Satoshi Yamamoto, Visiting Faculty at CPAAS, Washington State University, USA: Automation Technology for Tomorrow's Food Production
Automation technology is expected to play a critical role in food production to support a Japanese society that is rapidly aging and decreasing in numbers. This talk focuses on works which Dr. Yamamoto has been involved with at Japan’s National Agriculture and Food Research Organization’s Bio-oriented Technology Research Advancement Institute (NARO-BRAIN) and at Washington State University’s Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems (WSU-CPAAS) on agricultural machinery and robotics. The following examples of automation technologies will be showcased:
- Components of a strawberry plant factory: movable bench system, growth measurement system, harvesting robot, and packing robot.
- 3D modeling of apple fruit to improve grading system.
Satoshi Yamamoto is a visiting faculty at the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) at Washington State University. In Japan, he is a senior researcher at the Bio-oriented Technology Research Advancement Institute (BRAIN) at National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO). His research focuses on the development of robots for horticulture, including a stationary robotic strawberry harvester at Kyoto University. Currently he is working on 3D reconstruction of fruit to improve grading systems.