Andrew Lewis - Project BEESWAX - CIUUK14

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At the Computational Intelligence Unconference 2014, Andrew Lewis ( http://www.beeswax.me.uk/ ) presented about Project BEESWAX, a project to optimise beehive placement. Here are his slides

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Andrew Lewis - Project BEESWAX - CIUUK14

  1. 1. Saturday 26th July ‘14 Andy Lewis MSc FLS Director Simul Systems Ltd andy@simulsys.demon.co.uk 20/08/2014 © Simul Systems Ltd 2014 1 Computational Intelligence Unconference UK 2014
  2. 2. 20/08/2014 © Simul Systems Ltd 2014 Project BEESWAX is: • A mathematical solution to a real-world issue: the placement of beehives in the optimum location to improve pollination • a collaboration between a commercial company and a University • partially funded by the Technology Strategy Board with an Innovation Voucher • a multi-platform series of prototypes • currently undergoing field trials in Kent 2
  3. 3. 20/08/2014 © Simul Systems Ltd 2014 BEESWAX has undergone three stages: • BEESWAX I, the original prototype written by the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex • BEESWAX II, a second prototype developed by Simul Systems Ltd • BEESWAX III, a commercially confidential third prototype developed by Simul Systems Ltd and currently undergoing field-testing in Kent 3
  4. 4. 20/08/2014 © Simul Systems Ltd 2014 BEESWAX I • based on the range of Honeybees • can handle fields of irregular shape • written in Matlab • expensive to run for micro-SMEs • limited functionality • ported to Pi 4
  5. 5. 20/08/2014 © Simul Systems Ltd 2014 5
  6. 6. 20/08/2014 © Simul Systems Ltd 2014 BEESWAX II • Fully-fledged multi-functional design • theoretical base • written in Microsoft Excel • better mathematical solution • pragmatically infeasible 6
  7. 7. 20/08/2014 © Simul Systems Ltd 2014 7 51.1775 51.178 51.1785 51.179 51.1795 51.18 51.1805 0.757 0.7575 0.758 0.7585 0.759 0.7595 0.76 Latitude Longitude Beehives Field 1 Beehives Field 1
  8. 8. 20/08/2014 © Simul Systems Ltd 2014 BEESWAX III • pragmatic output design • developed using Matlab clone, Octave • Cut-down mathematical content • designed to facilitate beekeeping practices • based on Honeybee foraging range • in-test at an Orchard in Kent • based on geometry rather than Integer Programming 8
  9. 9. 20/08/2014 © Simul Systems Ltd 2014 9
  10. 10. 20/08/2014 © Simul Systems Ltd 2014 10 Top lessons: 1. Use funding to get finite result, i.e. prototype 2. Be cooperative 3. Ensure you listen to implementers (i.e. beekeepers) 4. Be prepared to simplify – adapt to real world 5. Stay commercial
  11. 11. 20/08/2014 © Simul Systems Ltd 2014 11 Thanks for listening. Here are some details: Andy@simulsys.demon.co.uk http://beeswax.me.uk Simul Systems Ltd Chelmsford Ops Wickford Essex SS11 7AT

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