What is health detection
One of the most critical parts in the vineyard is early detection of diseases in the plants. That is why the BACCHUS project is trying to do early detection of diseases utilizing the sensors on our inspection robot in combination with AI.
Why do we detect diseases
BACCHUS partners have developed a segmentation algorithm and trained it on photos from grapevine plants taken on the field, depicting both healthy and infected plants. The U-NET algorithm was selected for higher accuracy on the disease localization and was evaluated offline.
How about weed detection
While commercial devices able to detect weeds on bare soil already exist, weed detection at more advanced crop growth stage remains a challenging problem. Until now, most studies deal with image spatial information to discriminate weeds from crop, using a colour or multispectral imaging sensor.
In BACCHUS we provide real time weed infestation maps, as the input parameters will be updated dynamically during the robot movement in the field, independently of the row structure and growth stage, as well as information on the weed species involved, leading to significant progress in site-specific weed management.
The following images illustrate weed detection at different cultivation periods either using the side camera and the front camera of the inspection platform.