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We are proudly announcing the reached milestones:

Next step in the development of VESNA

Students presented the results of the Project on Process Control at the final project meeting.

January 16, 2023

Each team presented and discussed the achieved goals in the development of the Smart Eco Greenhouse VESNA. Several interesting extensions were designed and implemented. CoreTeam modelled and 3D printed a separate smart irrigation unit. The students also designed a new sensor board to monitor the properties of an internal environment. SmartTeam reviewed and extended the code for autonomous control and managing the notifications sent to the user. The students also designed a machine-learning-based sensor using the neural network dedicated to anomaly detection. AppTeam improved the web-based interface and the remote control framework. The students also integrated a live stream and time-laps into the greenhouse. Besides the scientific goals, the project develops students‘ soft skills such as teamwork, time- and task management, and presentation skills. The students also proposed further interesting ideas on how to continue the development of the project. See the picture on Facebook.

VESNA was presented at the scientific seminar

The development procedure of the smart eco greenhouse VESNA was presented at the scientific seminar.

November 25, 2022

Our Embedded Hardwere&Software Specialist delivered a talk entitled: „The Whole Procedure of a Device Development“ at the regular series on the scientific seminar „Research Seminar on Smart Cybernetics„. The talk covered in detail various solved problems related to the construction of the prototype of the smart greenhouse and the design of its electronics. The various open questions were discussed with colleagues from various departments of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. See the blog.

Student project on VESNA got 2nd Award at the Student Scientific Conference

The student project on the „Smart greenhouse monitoring via telemetry“ was presented at the Student Scientific Conference.

November 23, 2022

The student project on the „Smart greenhouse monitoring via telemetry“ was presented at the Student Scientific Conference – „Chemistry and Technologies for Life„. Among other high-level student scientific projects, this student project got the 2nd Award.

Mid-term project meeting of students presenting current progress of the Project on Process Control

Students presented the current progress of the Project on Process Control at the mid-term project meeting.

November 7, 2022

Each team presented solved tasks and listed the remaining issues to be addressed. Among other goals, the students designed and 3D-modelled an improved irrigation system running on a separate microcontroller. Students also installed new sensors to monitor the environment in the smart greenhouse and reviewed the code of autonomous control to make it even more efficient and modular. The user interface of the remote control was also improved. The original plan of each team was revisited and updated subject to the remaining tasks and the novel ideas introduced into the project. See the picture on Facebook.

VESNA enters public-oriented media

Public-oriented site „Veda na Dosah“ („Science Within Reach„) published a separate article introducing project VESNA to a wide audience.

October 6, 2022

The project on our smart eco greenhouse VESNA was presented in an online article (in Slovak) on the public-oriented popular site „Veda na dosah“ („Science Within Reach“).

VESNA was presented at the European Night of Researchers—the largest scientific show in Slovakia

The prototype of the smart greenhouse VESNA has been presented at the flagship public-orineted scientific show in the Slovak Republic—the European Night of Researchers.

September 30, 2022

Thousands of visitors took attendance at the largest public-oriented scientific show in the Slovak Republic—the European Night of Researchers. The visitors could enjoy also the remote control of our smart greenhouse VESNA using the cloud service. See the picture on Facebook.

Route map of the course on Project on Process Control

Initial stand-up of students presenting a route map reaching the goals for each task.

September 26, 2022

Team leaders presented their team members and discussed a proposed task- and time-management for reaching the particular goals of the course on Project on Process Control.

VESNA was presented at the large open-air Scientific Show

The prototype of the smart greenhouse VESNA has been presented at the Scientific Show—the large open-air public-oriented scientific show.

September 23, 2022

Hundreds of elementary and high-school students interested in science and technology visited the large open-air Scientific Show in Bratislava. The VESNA prototype was presented to the interested students and their teachers. See the picture on Facebook. Moreover, the popular public-oriented scientific site „Veda na dosah“ („Science Within Reach“) published an online article (in Slovak) about this event, where also the VESNA was presented.

VESNA continues in education

Kick-off meeting of the next round of the Project on Process Control.

September 19, 2022

Project VESNA continues in education in the next semester on the course Project on Process Control. The smart eco greenhouse is further developed by the master’s students at the Institute of Information Engineering, Automation, and Mathematics, FCHPT, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.

VESNA was presented at Summer University at STU

The prototype of the smart greenhouse VESNA has been presented at the Summer University for High School Students at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.

September 9, 2022

The abilities of the VESNA prototype were presented to about 30 high school students with a high interest in science and technology who took attendance in the Summer University for High School Students—an event organized by the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. See the picture on Facebook.

VESNA got hardware support

We gratefully acknowledge the Humusoft company for hardware support.

August 30, 2022

We are proud that our project VESNA got hardware support from the Humusoft company. This support enables us to improve the development of the novel construction of the smart greenhouse VESNA.

VESNA was presented to the high school students

The prototype of the smart greenhouse VESNA has been presented at the CHEMSHOW – Open Door Day at Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology STU in Bratislava.

June 24, 2022

Hundreds of high school students with a high interest in science and technology visited the CHEMSHOW – Open Door Day at the Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology STU in Bratislava. The abilities of the VESNA prototype were presented to the interested students. See the pictures on Facebook or check the blog (in Slovak). Also, the special issue of the faculty students‘ magazine „Radikal“ (vol.7, p.7), distributed to all participants, published a contribution about project VESNA (in Slovak).

Further progress on the self-awareness of VESNA

The final meeting of the Vertical Project—integrated courses on Project on Process Control and Group Project, where students demonstrated the abilities of the further development of the prototype of greenhouse VESNA.

May 25, 2022

Each team presented the reached results of the development of the Smart Eco Greenhouse VESNA. The Vertical Project integrates students in the 2nd and 3rd years of the bachelor’s study programme „Process Control„. Students cooperated on the project in a teamwork setup of three teams dedicated to solving particular tasks. Among other goals, students in the CoreTeam established effective communication using a cloud service, students in the SmartTeam designed an autonomous control of temperature and lightening, and students in the AppTeam further developed the web-based remote control supporting a multi-language interface. Except for scientific goals, the project develops students‘ soft skills such as teamwork, time- and task management, and presentation skills. The students also proposed further interesting ideas on how to continue the development of the project, see a picture on Facebook.

VESNA communicates through Arduino Cloud IoT

Mid-term project meeting of students presenting current progress of the Vertical Project.

April 6, 2022

Each team presented solved problems, listed the remaining tasks, and discussed further ideas on how to improve the project. Among other goals, the students introduced an efficient data exchange using the Arduino Cloud IoT service. They also integrated an auxiliary microcontroller and several sensors and actuators to extend the self-awareness of VESNA. The application interface was also improved. The original plan of each team was revisited and updated subject to the remaining tasks and the novel ideas introduced into the project.

Vertical project route map

Initial stand-up of students presenting a route map reaching the goals of the Vertical Project.

March 1, 2022

Team leaders introduced hired team members and presented a detailed task- and time-management for reaching the goals of the Vertical Project—integrated courses on Project on Process Control and Group Project.

VESNA levels up the format of education

Kick-off meeting of the Vertical Project.

February 16, 2022

Project VESNA was introduced into the unique format of the Vertical Project that efficiently integrates the courses on Project on Process Control and the course on Group Project. The Vertical Project emphasizes the synergic effects of cross-grade student cooperation. The Vertical Project is elaborated by the students at the Institute of Information Engineering, Automation, and Mathematics, FCHPT, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.

Final presentations of the Project on Process Control

The final meeting of the course on the Project on Process Control, where students demonstrated the abilities of the prototype of greenhouse VESNA.

January 20, 2022

Each team presented the reached goals—CoreTeam established efficient wireless communication between sensors and actuators on one side and the cloud on the other side. The SmartTeam introduced the basic control loops for advanced autonomous control, and AppTeam developed an initial version of a cross-platform and user-friendly application enabling basic remote supervision and control using smartphones and tablets. The DEMO successfully demonstrated the remote control of the greenhouse using a developed app. Students discussed their experience in project development, teamwork, and the improvement of soft skills. The students of the course Project on Process Control also proposed further interesting ideas on how to continue the development of the project, see picture on Facebook (status in Slovak).

Development of VESNA goes fully remote

In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic, education is realised in a remote framework.

November 22, 2021

The students experience challenging teamwork on the Project on Process Control in an online and remote framework.

Mid-term project meeting

Mid-term project meeting of students presenting current progress of the Project on Process Control.

November 11, 2021

Each team presented reached goals, listed the remaining tasks, and discussed further ideas on how to improve the project. The original plan of each team was revisited and updated subject to the novel ideas introduced into the project.

VESNA got funding

We gratefully acknowledge the Tatra Bank Foundation (Nadácia Tatra banky) for supporting our grant application: Construction of a Smart Eco Greenhouse VESNA.

November 5, 2021

We are proud that our grant application was among 12% of supported projects. This support enables us to significantly increase the performance and technical background.

Project route map

Initial stand-up of students presenting a route map reaching the goals for each task.

September 30, 2021

Team leaders introduced hired team members and presented a detailed task- and time-management for reaching the goals of each task of course on Project on Process Control.

VESNA enters education

Kick-off meeting of Project on Process Control.

September 23, 2021

Project VESNA was successfully integrated into the course Project on Process Control elaborated by the students at the Institute of Information Engineering, Automation, and Mathematics, FCHPT, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.

Launch web

VESNA homepage has been online since July 12, 2021.

July 12, 2021

We are thrilled to share the ideas of the VESNA project worldwide to inspire the young researchers, students, and their supervisors to come up with smart and innovative ideas.

VESNA was born

Project VESNA was established on July 2, 2021.

July 2, 2021

VESNA was originally developed as an assignment for a student project, but soon after several brainstormings, it grew up into a complex project with a scope far beyond a semestral project.

That’s it.