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The chair of power engineering at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, is devoted to basic and applied research in power engineering, including turbines and their applications, laboratory and field experiments, and complex experiment planning and experimental modelling. A large part of research activities is devoted to single/two phase flow characterisation, machine vision application and agricultural engineering applications. In the field of agricultural engineering, members have been involved in various research projects for the last 20 years, including the development of a canopy optimised sprayer, canopy detection machine vision algorithms, conventional sprayer rating design, measurement and optimisation, flow characterisation in canopies, a rapid evaluation spray deposit method, machine vision spray nozzle testing, apple yield and animals weight estimation using thermal vision, and canopy target tracking algorithms for windy conditions to name but a few of the research subjects. The team members participated in a bilateral research project with Ben-Gurion University, Israel, during which a canopy optimised vision controlled orchard sprayer was designed and successfully tested during orchard and vineyard field experiments. Within the scope of the 6th EU project "OCTEBAMA", team members developed a remote assisted robot for measurements of local efficiency in the cooling tower and with simultaneous data transfer, data analysis and position measurements.

Major activities in CROPS

University of Ljubljana will lead the Precision spraying workpackage (WP 7) and will work on system integration of the canopy-optimised sprayer, implementation of adaptive sensor fusion algorithms and learning algoritms, and sprayer evaluation in laboratory and field experiments. In WP3 UL will develop an end effector for spraying and will treat the flow phenomena within and around canopies and fruits for the assesment of flow/structure interaction. UL will also participate in WPs1-3 and WPs9-12.

Members of the team at UL are

Marko Hočevar, assoc. prof.
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Askerčeva 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Marko Hočevar role in the Crops project is related to sensing of properties of canopies, development of acquisition and analysis algorithms and coordination with other workpackages.

Tone Godeša, MSc.
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Askerčeva 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Tone Godeša role in the Crops project is development of sprayer for canopy optimised spraying including robot arm, integration with sensing equipment and orchard spraying experiments.

Aleš Malneršič, BSc.
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Askerčeva 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Aleš Malneršič role in the CROPS project is development of actuator for close range precision spraying.

Brane Širok, prof.
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Askerčeva 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Brane Širok role in the Crops project is support for development of actuator for close range precision spraying, flow/plant interaction and experiments with two phase flow.

Aljaž Osterman, PhD.
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Askerčeva 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Aljaž Osterman role in the Crops project is numerical modeling of canopy optimised sprayer, actuator for close range precision spraying and flow/plant interaction.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:40