Attempt on plant machine interface: Towards self-monitoring plant systems

Dominique Cadosch, Po Ting Huang, Dana D. Damian, Shuhei Miyashita, Atsushi Aoyama, Rolf Pfeifer

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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate possible means of communication between plants and machines. Plants are capable of sensing a variety of environmental information. In particular, Avocado trees have an apparent response to increasing drought levels. We read out two different communication channels: morphological changes (leaf inclination) and the electric potential of the stem (biopotential) using distance sensors and biopotential electrodes, respectively. Leaf inclination reliably triggers irrigation, whereas the changes of the biopotential indicate water uptake and can be used to automatically stop the irrigation. Hence, through systematic experiments we demonstrate that morphological changes and biopotentials provide suitable control signals for interfacing plants with machines, and open a possibility to exploit abilities of plants in robotic systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011 - Conference Digest
Pages791-796
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 23
Event2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011 - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: 2011 Oct 92011 Oct 12

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
ISSN (Print)1062-922X

Other

Other2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011
CountryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK
Period11/10/911/10/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Cadosch, D., Huang, P. T., Damian, D. D., Miyashita, S., Aoyama, A., & Pfeifer, R. (2011). Attempt on plant machine interface: Towards self-monitoring plant systems. In 2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2011 - Conference Digest (pp. 791-796). [6083749] (Conference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSMC.2011.6083749