The final winners of the "First China Agricultural Robot Innovation Competition" were officially announced. In the preliminary stage of this competition, 195 projects including domestic universities, scientific research institutes, and technology companies participated in the registration. In the end, 20 teams entered the final. It was co-sponsored by the Chinese Society of Artificial Intelligence, National Agricultural Information Engineering Research Center, South China Agricultural University, and Pinduoduo.
After fierce competition, the "horticultural robot operating system" from the Beijing Agricultural Intelligent Equipment Technology Research Center, the "picking boy- strawberry picking robot" from China Agricultural University, and the "Automatic Vertical Agricultural Production System" of Fujian Sanan Biological won three first prizes respectively.
Mr. Zhao Chunjiang, an academic of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said that the development of agricultural robots is a topic of global concern. Agricultural robots are just starting in China, and many technologies including machine algorithms and perception systems need to be continuously explored. The purpose of this competition is to encourage scientific researchers to innovate in agricultural robot technology and develop mature commercial products to serve rural revitalization.
"As the only corporate representative of the organizers of this competition, we are honored to join the Chinese Society of Artificial Intelligence and other top scientific research institutes and universities to join the cutting-edge exploration of agricultural robots." Ms. Hou Kaidi, Vice President of Pinduoduo Group, said in an interview that the competition will seek and support outstanding domestic agricultural researchers and promote the development of digital agriculture through the joint efforts of companies, universities, and institutes.
It is reported that Pinduoduo has continued to increase its investment in agricultural technology in recent years. In 2020, under the guidance of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Pinduoduo and China Agricultural University jointly launched the first Duoduo Agricultural Research and Technology Competition. The competition uses strawberry planting on the plateau as a sample. The traditional grower team and the AI planting team play a "human-machine game", combining a new generation of artificial intelligence technology, expert experience, and crop models to determine the true value of digital technology in the production process.