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Addressing Opportunities
for AI & Robotics in CEA

AI & Robotics Working Group

Addressing Challenges
for Energy Management in CEA

Welcome to the Controlled Environment Agriculture AI and Robotics Working Group. We are a collective of industry leaders and innovators dedicated to advancing the use of artificial intelligence and robotics in controlled environment agriculture (CEA).

Our Mission

Our working group focuses on key areas such as crop monitoring, automation, resource optimization, and data security. Our objectives include:

The Controlled Environment Agriculture AI and Robotics Best Practices Working Group aims to collaboratively develop and recommend industry best practices for the efficient use of AI and robotics in CEA. By leveraging the expertise of industry professionals, researchers, and technologists, we seek to address challenges, optimize resources, and enhance crop production.

Scope and Objectives

Our working group focuses on key areas such as crop monitoring, automation, resource optimization, and data security. Our objectives include:

  • Identifying critical use cases for AI and robotics in CEA.
  • Preparing crop producers for integrating AI and robotics in their facilities.
  • Developing standardized protocols for AI systems and environmental control systems (ECSs).
  • Recommending data management and security protocols.
  • Providing guidance on workforce training and skill development.

Collaboration and Impact

The AI and Robotics Best Practices Working Group is part of the larger CEA Accelerator initiative led by Resource Innovation Institute, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). We work alongside other working groups focusing on energy management, high-tech greenhouse techniques, site feasibility, and CEA decarbonization.

Who Can Join?

We welcome representatives from various sectors, including CEA industry experts, technologists, researchers, regulatory bodies, and environmental advocates. If you have a demonstrated interest and expertise in AI and robotics in CEA, we invite you to join us.
Rob Eddy, Resource Efficiency Horticulturist for RII, alongside Bryce Carleton of RII will facilitate discussions, coordinate activities, and ensure progress towards our defined objectives.

Meeting Topics

The working group members will meet in 2024 over several months to discuss emerging topics related to AI and advanced robotics in CEA. The groups will meet on the following dates:

September 11th
September 18th
September 25th
October 9th
October 23rd
November 6th

Get Involved

Join us in shaping the future of controlled environment agriculture. By participating in the working group, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with industry leaders, contribute to the development of best practices, and drive innovation in AI and robotics for CEA.

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