Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara: Santa Clara University, 2015.

First Advisor

Timothy Hight

Second Advisor

Christopher Kitts


The Automated In-Row Weed Trimmer, or AIRWT, is a weed removal system designed to be used in vineyards in order to enable safe and e cient removal of weeds while preventing damage to the vines. The goal of the system is to reduce the need for the use of manual labor and herbicides while improving production rates of grapes by automating the weed removal process at vineyards. By implementing an automated system for weed removal, the team aims to resolve ethical issues in food production, primarily those surrounding human labor, environmental friendliness, and social sustainability. The focus of this report is to explore in depth the AIRWT system concept as well as its subsystems, in addition to reviewing its product development cycle.