Padir found a collaborator in Raw Seafoods, a family-owned business based in Fall River, Massachusetts. Using the company’s input on processing workflows and challenges, Padir’s lab is developing solutions with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, and the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative. Meanwhile, Padir’s team is also leveraging industry partnerships facilitated by the nonprofit MassRobotics to advance robotics and artificial intelligence technology.
AI and automation hold promise for tasks like sorting fish and assessing its quality, both of which require judgment and a delicate touch. Padir’s lab is developing prototypes, including a robotic arm. “With feedback from Raw Seafoods, we can devise a road map from fundamental research in our lab to practical, real-world application,” Padir says.