Edmonton, AB — Dot Technology Corp. has established an Alberta subsidiary, Dot Intelligence Inc., based out of the Alberta Machinery Intelligence Institute in Edmonton. The goal in establishing this subsidiary is to focus on the development of leading-edge technologies and enhance adoption of the Dot robotic system for use in autonomous farming. Led by Mojtaba Hedayatpour, Artificial Intelligence Systems Manager, the Alberta based team will focus on computer vision, machine learning optimization, and intelligent navigation.
“Mojtaba, with his background in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and robotics, will lead a team that will develop technologies to augment the work of the Dot engineering team in Saskatchewan”, explains Robert Saik, CEO of Dot Technology Corp. “This is a clear signal that we are committed to providing broadacre farmers with the safest, most cost effective, and most efficient autonomous robotic system available in the world. It also shows our commitment to driving Canadian agricultural innovation across the globe.”
The objective of building a team focused on adding AI/ML capabilities to Dot will eventually allow farmers to achieve 100% (set it and forget it) autonomous operation in the field. It will enable a variety of transport options between fields such as the Follow-Me feature or platooning movement.
“The Edmonton environment is awesome and being located at AMII means that we are surrounded by some of the top artificial intelligence and machine learning talent in North America,” says Mojtaba. “Having an Alberta presence means we can rapidly expand our team by hiring talent to add technology, such as object recognition, that will enable Dot to see and add to the intelligence that will help Dot think in the field. This will make the Dot autonomous platform very efficient for farmers.”
By the end of 2021, Dot Intelligence Inc. plans to add to the team members that have moved from Regina to Edmonton with approximately 20 new hires.