Top researchers take part in Pinduoduo greenhouse competition to develop practical agritech applications

Top researchers take part in Pinduoduo greenhouse competition to develop practical agritech applications

FreshFruitPortal.com
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February 24, 2022

They helped to design and build a state-of-the-art smart greenhouse in one of the largest agricultural production areas in China. Now, these same researchers have banded together to take part in a competition to challenge whether their technology can be useful for the average farmer.

Horti-AI is one of four teams in the finals of Pinduoduo’s Smart Agriculture Competition, a tomato-growing contest taking place at the company’s smart greenhouse base in Yunnan, China. The teams are evaluated on how much tomatoes they can produce, nutrition level, environmental footprint and commercial viability.

“Our solution is characterized by quantitative models, AI-integrated decision-making and cloud-based management,” said Kong Jianlei, Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Beijing Technology and Business University and a member of Horti-AI. “The system has proved to be able to help reduce carbon emissions, increase the output and achieve better quality.

Though there is still a long way before agricultural production can become fully automated, Pinduoduo’s Smart Agriculture Competition provides an opportunity to deploy such technologies in actual production, giving a sneak peek of agriculture’s future, the contestants said.

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