Intelligent-recycling entrepreneurs and Imperial College London graduates Victor Dewulf (25) & Peter Hedley (27) win Young Inventors prize 2022
• European Patent Office honours Belgian-British duo for their efficient AI-based waste-sorting system
• With a computer vision system trained to recognise waste items on a conveyor belt and a robotic arm to pick out valuable material, the invention increases the speed, accuracy and purity of waste-sorting
• The system has been rolled out to recycling facilities in the UK and Europe through the inventor duo’s London-based start-up Recycleye and can increase the volume of recycled waste and make recycling more financially attractive
Munich, 21 June 2022 – The European Patent Office (EPO) today honoured Belgian environmental engineer Victor Dewulf and British computer scientist Peter Hedley with first place in the inaugural Young Inventors prize. The pair have developed an intelligent recognition and sorting system that enables waste management facilities to quickly and accurately separate rubbish, ensuring that more is recycled.