Michalson, William R.
SerenDPT (ITALIS Grant)
This project investigated the financial and social viability of the implementation of two innovative agricultural startups in Venice. To determine the benefits of robotic farming and explore the use of the FarmBot system for urban agriculture, we analyzed the system in terms of sustainability, user-friendliness, and cost. We also determined the product-market fit and economic viability of microgreen-centric agriculture and the feasibility of large-scale organic waste collection for circular-economy reuse in Venice. We concluded that both microgreen-centric agriculture and large-scale organic waste collection are viable. We proposed a method to determine optimal planting procedure in the FarmBot, and do not recommend the use of the FarmBot for microgreen agriculture without modifications.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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Electrical and Computer Engineering
Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division