IPPN Affordable Phenotyping Workshop: Plant Phenotyping with
Minicomputers and Low-Cost Cameras
6-7-8 July 2021 Angers France


A short participative workshop oriented toward practical aspects of plant phenotyping with inexpensive, yet robust, minicomputers coupled with small cameras. Each important step, from system installation, network deploying, time lapse acquisition, image processing, machine learning and data analysis will be illustrated with talks and hands on.

The target audience are tech-minded biologists and engineers in charge of phenotyping trials from academic or private compagnies.


Invited Speakers:

Noah FAHLGREN (Danforth center, USA),

Sotirios TSAFTARIS (Edinburg University, UK),

Sebastian SCHULTHEISS (Computomics, Germany),

Jean-Pierre DA COSTA (Agrosup Bordeaux, France),

Julia BUITINK (INRA, Angers, France)


David ROUSSEAU (Université d’Angers, France), Pejman RASTI (ESAIP, France)

Local team: Hadhami GARBOUGE, Mouad El ZINE ABIDINE, David PIERRE, Geoffroy COUASNET,


Please register before 31st May 2021: 100 euros including coffre breaks, lunch, gala dinner,
access to minicomputers, GPU programming station for machine learning, teaching material.

Registration at : patricia.vandaele@inra.fr


Day 1 : 6 July 2021

9H-9H15 : Welcome speech

9H15-9H45 : Time scales in seedling development Julia Buitink (INRAe)

9H45-12H : Metrological aspect of imaging Vincent Boucher (Cerema)

13H-14H : Advanced technologies (smart cameras, edge computing) (Raphaël Couturier Univ
Belfort, Congduc Pham Univ Pau)

14H-17H : Hands on acquisition and pre-processing of time lapse of plant imaging (Pejman
Rasti, David Rousseau, Salma Samiei, Mathis Cordier, Geoffroy Couasnet).


Day 2 : 7 July 2021

9H-12H Course machine learning for plant growth analysis (Pejman Rasti, David Rousseau).

13H-14H : « Phenotikit » back on a pioneer Rasp-Pi work in plant science (Sotirios Tsaftaris,
Univ Edinburgh)

14H-17H : Hands on machine learning for plant growth monitoring (Pejman Rasti, David
Rousseau, Salma Samiei, Mathis Cordier, Geoffroy Couasnet).

17H-18H : Presentation of industrial & home made solutions (Noha Falgern DanForth center,
Soman Chinmay- Earthsense)


Day 3 : 8 July 2021

9H-13H : Example of plant research with minicomputers and low-cost systems (Arvalis,
Meropy, Phymea, Phenotic, Screenseed, Juëlich, IMS Bordeaux, Computomics)

14H-16H : Legal aspects of Deeptech (Franck Robert, Lawyer)

16H-16H15 : final words


Supplementary Ressouces (Videos)

In preparation to the Workshop on plant phenotyping with Minicomputers and low-cost cameras, the organizers compiled a set of online ressouces:

Feel free to browse through our first two featured tutorial playlists, with topics on:

  • Low-cost Imaging 
  • Plant Imaging in Controlled Environments
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