Ferrero Rocher Trees & Computational Geometry

This little hazelnut tree is growing in a farm in Northern Italy.

hazelnut

When mature, it will produce lots of these

choc

But meantime it needs lots of tender loving care.

The care will be provided by a robot tractor driving carefully between the rows of trees, as seen from space

space

and converted to a mathematical guide

path

To ensure no tree is neglected because it grows in an awkward corner requires solving a notoriously challenging problem, the convex decomposition of a concave polygon, in computational geometry.

Here is a news story about a similar, but different, robot that also tends hazelnut trees in Italy. https://www.euronews.com/2019/09/02/robots-drones-and-the-future-of-farming

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