Andrew Wilson, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Robot uses color and 3D
data to pick and place fruit
While robots are good at performing
repetitive tasks within controlled environment, working within a changing environment – or performing tasks that may
vary from time to time – has traditionally
been very challenging.
“Designing a robot that can pick a
number of different semi-structured
objects such as fruit for example, requires
many tasks to be performed – from recognizing the correct
• LIFE SCIENCES
High-speed cameras capture
Malaria is a disease of the blood that is caused
by the Plasmodium parasite, which is transmitted from person to person by the female
Anopheles mosquito. Even though malaria
can be treated, the World Health Organization ( WHO) estimates that there were 438,000
deaths from malaria in 2014.
“Despite considerable success in combat-
ing malaria including the use of insecticide
treated bed nets, new tools and interventions
are still required to combat mosquitoes that
evade current strategies or are becoming insec-
ticide resistant,” says Dr. David Towers, Pro-
fessor of Engineering at Warwick University
(Coventry, England; www2.warwick.ac.uk).
One of the means Dr. Towers and his colleagues Natalia Angarita
and Catherine Towers at
the University of Warwick
and entomologists Philip
McCall and Josie Parker
at the Liverpool School of
Tropical Medicine (LSTM;
Liverpool, England; www.
lstmed.ac.uk) aim to accomplish this task is to develop
more effective bed nets.
This is the aim of a €12M
research project called
To analyze the behavior of the mosquitoes,
the researchers constructed a hut at a field site
in Tanzania, Africa which mimics a typical
house and the sleeping arrangements of the
local population. continued on page 11
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Using high-speed cameras and custom software, researchers can
effectively map the trajectory of mosquitoes around an insecticide treated bed net. (a) While human bait with an untreated net
shows lots of activity and two ‘hot spots’ above the torso and
above the feet, (b) human bait with an insecticide treated net
shows much less activity.
Cambridge Consultants has built a technology demonstrator designed to highlight how vision-guided robotics can be
used to identify different types of fruit,
such as apples, bananas and oranges
and then pick and place them depending
upon their color.