In short

VISION

Plants are able of amazing sensing capabilities, they sense the environment and when subject to suitable stimuli they generate electrical signals

The PLEASED project is developing a technology to collect and analyse such signals, to use plants as the next generation organic sensing devices.

In this perspective, PLEASED technology is not simply inspired by plants, it is an attempt to develop a plant cyborg

OBJECTIVES

  1. The first open dataset collecting the electrical signals generated by plants in reaction to specific stimuli (the PLEASED kit)
  2. The design of a local classifier capable to recognize and classify the signals
  3. The design of a  global classifier capable to correlate the signals generated by groups of plants
  4. The implementation of  the classifier on resource constraint devices
  5. A testbed to verify the performance of our classification algorithms on plants in their natural environment

WHY PLANTS

  • They are everywhere
  • They are robust
  • They are cheap
  • They can simultaneously sense a number of parameters
  • They do not need calibration
  • They are interesting!

WHAT APPLICATION

  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Certification of Organic Farming