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DescriptionProgramme Manager Vision + Robotics
OrganizationWageningen Plant Research
Organization UnitRobotics and Automation
Phone+31 317 483 372
Mobile+31 6 22660788
Secretarial phone+31 317 486 001
Phone 2+31 317 480 527
Fax+31 317 418 094
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Visiting addressDroevendaalsesteeg 1
Postal addressPostbus 644
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Erik Pekkeriet (1970) is Program Manager Vision + Robotics. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the NHL-Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Emmen. He specialized himself in Maintenance Technology and Management. After he finished his BSc he started his career at Philips as a project employee in maintenance management. In 1996 he started a new position within innovation management in a Greenhouse Horticulture Association. He started as a single consultant, but built and led a department with 5 innovation consultants. After 7 years he made a change to Wageningen University & Research, building great robots, vision sorting systems and new greenhouse production systems for, and together with farmers and machine manufacturers. Main projects he developed and worked on were: vision sorting systems for pot plants, cut flowers and vegetables in X-ray-, NIR-, Fluorescence- and RGB-technology in 2D and 3D; robot harvesting systems for cutting roses, gerberas, cucumbers, sweet peppers and tomatoes and new moving greenhouse production systems for chrysanthemum, pot plants and vertical farms. Erik coordinated the € 12M EU-project PicknPack (flexible robotic packaging systems). Erik is also the founding father and network coordinator of the European Digital Innovation Hub network on Robotics named: agROBOfood

The last decade Erik broadened the robotic scope from greenhouse horticulture to open field, livestock, marine, food and other Wageningen agri-food domains. Erik is now leading the agilie team of the Agro Food Robotics Program which consist of 45 experts from Wageningen Reserarch. Erik is also an IPMA-C certified project manager. Other positions are:

  • Boardmember of the topicgroup on Agricultural Robotics at EU Robotics
  • Chair of topicgroup Greenhouse Horticultuire at the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Techniek in de Landbouw (Dutch Society of Technology in Agriculture)
  • Network coordinator at the European agROBOfood network
  • Advisory board member of the European Machine Vision Forum

Expert Profile
  • Project leading, business development, R&D, concept development, design, application engineering, vision & strategic development
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