EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS - James Bennett

James Bennett

  • University of East Anglia

Research Interests

Modelling, digital twin, computer vision, perception & decision making, and mechatronics.



  • International Computer Music Conference 2022: Towards Open Source Hardware Robotic Woodwind: an Internal Duct Flute Player.


  • AgriFoRwArdS CDT Annual Conference (2022): Developing a Line-scanning Hyperspectral Imaging System for Monitoring Plant Status.

Other Activities and Outputs

  • Member of the AgriFoRwArdS CDT Advisory Board
  • Cohort 3 representative on AgriFoRwArdS CDT Student Panel
  • Panel member for the November 2021 AgriFoRwArdS Seminar Series with Prof Dionysis Bochtis, watch here.
  • Chaired the February 2022 AgriFoRwArdS Seminar Series with Dr Mark Ryan, watch here.

About me

I am looking forward to being a part of the CDT to bring together my interests in research, engineering, and agriculture. Having experienced hands-on farming, I am excited to develop new innovations for the agricultural industry and make a difference to the future of farming.

Before joining the CDT I studied an MEng in Systems Engineering at the University of Warwick. I especially enjoyed the research and project work, including my final year project to develop an autonomous drone for campus parcel deliveries. I covered elements of robotics, computer vision, and machine learning and am eager to explore these further during the programme. This last year I have worked alongside my uncle on his dairy farm in Dorset and have developed a greater understanding and appreciation of all aspects of a working farm.

I am from Herefordshire, and in my spare time, I enjoy designing and making projects of all scales and complexity, working as a stage technician, and walking in the mountains.

MSc Project

Developing a Line-scanning Hyperspectral Imaging System for Monitoring Plant Status

This project aims to develop a hyperspectral imaging system to monitor the status of potato plants. Hyperspectral imaging has been used to study plants for many years, especially in laboratory settings, and can reveal information about plants that cannot be seen with the eye or conventional imaging technology. A system which can capture and process images of potato plants in natural lighting conditions offers the ability to monitor crops for disease and stresses. In this project, an acquisition system will be built to capture hyperspectral images from a line-scanning camera and a processing pipeline will be developed to calibrate images and extract features. The system will be tested on potatoes grown in pots in a polytunnel that are exposed to salt stress during growing.

PhD Project

Title to be confirmed