Fostering and Enabling AI, Data and Robotics Technologies for Supporting Human Workers in Harvesting Wild Food
- FEROX -
Wild berries and mushrooms are considered to be a national treasure of Nordic countries. These food products require zero resources to cultivate as they grow naturally in the forests. It is estimated that less than 10% of the total annual wild berry crop is harvested from the forests. The main challenge in collecting wild berries lies in the manual forest harvesting, namely pickers’ working conditions. Due to the short season, the majority of the work is conducted by foreigners with limited knowledge of the language, culture and forests.
The FEROX project aims to utilize advances in AI, data and robotics to improve the working conditions of wild berry pickers and optimize picking operations. FEROX started on September 1st, 2022 and will last 3 years.
Pitch of project coordinator Paul Chippendale about aims and planned activities:
The project will be present at ICRES 2023 with results from our tasks on ethics in robotics
The project will be showcased at the EUROPEAN ROBOTICS FORUM 2023
Project meeting hosted by FBK Trento (Italy) on February 8-9, 2023
Project partner AFA joined the seminar “Adding value to ecosystem services by means of research” organized by Finnish natural product’s sector to discuss benefits of ecological modelling & cultivation
Project presented at "Paving the way towards the next generation of R&I excellence in AI, Data and Robotics" organized by AdraEU & AI4EU projects on Oct 17th, 2022
Physical kick-off project meeting hosted by Tampere University (Finland) on September 19-10, 2022