I’m Thiago and I am a Ph.D. candidate here
at the University of Florida in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
I’m a fourth year and leader of the robotics team. Since 2006, the international
meeting of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has hosted a student
design robotics challenge. The students have to build 12″ by 12″ by 12″
robot to autonomously execute tasks. This year is to simulate the autonomous plant nursery,
where the robot has to navigate through this field and find plants.
There are two types of plants: the healthy and unhealthy plants, based on the number of leaves.
They are also green and red. The robot has be able to sort them by color too. This this competition involves autonomous
navigation, electronics design, mechanical design including CAD-ing and 3D printing, and
also leadership to accomplish all the deadlines and manage the team members.
Our team this year has mechanical engineers, agricultural and biological engineers,
computer scientists, electrical engineers, and also graduate students. I joined the team because
it’s very rewarding for me, especially because when
I was growing up in Brazil I was always thinking on ways to automate laborious
tasks on the farm and then here I am building autonomous robots
for this plant nursery. That brings a sense of reward of building the
robot that will contribute not only for this task but for our developments on teamwork
and engineering skills. It’s amazing. So, if you’re interested in joining this team,
it’s very exciting and I’m sure you will enjoy it. Even if you have no background
in robotics, you’re more than welcome here.