Mexico, Aug. 24 (Notimex).- With artificial intelligence, students and academics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish) developed an algorithm applied to the autonomous management of a greenhouse, in aspects such as climate, lighting and fertigation.
Integrated into the “Deep Greens” team, they developed the winning design in the international competition Autonomous Greenhouses Challenge livestreams 24-hour hackathon, held at the Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands, the maximum house of studies said in a statement.
With the first place, the university got their pass to the next stage of the contest, which will be held from next Monday and until early December in the European country. There they will put into practice the operation of their algorithm in real greenhouses remotely.
The UNAM explained that each competitor team, five in total, will receive a greenhouse of approximately 100 square meters to plant an intensive crop of cucumbers (Cucumis sativus); they must place sensors, cameras and an Internet connection to take care of it through a remote computer.
Aarón Vélez Ramírez, of the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory of the National School of Higher Studies León, reported that the “Deep Greens” team is composed of experts from the Artificial Intelligence division of Intel.
The university students declared themselves ready to put their proposal to the test, consisting of producing more, but with fewer resources, since agriculture is the human activity that uses the most water; the use of 21st century technologies in this activity is fundamental for the country, they said.
“We need to produce more food using less land; more forests should no longer be deforested, and artificial intelligence is a tool that, although it is not new, has recently had a boom; It is becoming more and more accessible and can be used to solve this type of problems that we face as humanity,” said Vélez.
Regarding the next stage of the competition, the academic said they are optimistic,” especially for the good results that our model has shown and the great computing power of Intel.”
The role of the UNAM, he said, has been to make a program on the computer that simulates thermodynamics, photosynthesis, respiration, growth, water use, relative humidity and everything that happens inside a greenhouse.
At the same time, it responds to instructions such as opening or closing vents, or raising and lowering the heating. With it, the company trains its artificial intelligence algorithms.