Joins the AppHarvest family

Root AI has been acquired by leading AgTech company and Certified B Corp AppHarvest, which is building some of the world’s largest indoor farms to grow non-GMO, chemical pesticide-free fruits and vegetables.

AppHarvest is making good on its mission to build a more resilient food system. We’re excited to join the company to continue to create the intelligent robots that will help growers build the farms of the future.

Our Technology

Artificial Intelligence is at the core of everything we do

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Our vision systems can “see” fruits and understand whether they’re ripe and ready to pick even in highly cluttered and complicated growing environments.

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Our patent-pending grippers can reach deep into tangled vines and pluck a single ripe fruit without leaving a mark.

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Moving around inside of a plant requires more than just a gentle touch.  Our sensors see the world in full 3D and can use this information to plan just the right path to the target.

Efficiency & Sustainability

Why It Matters

Indoor farming represents a massive leap in progress toward true agricultural independence, sustainability, and efficiency.  At a modern greenhouse, reclamation of water, digitally controlled light, nutrients, and atmosphere mean that over 20x the amount of crop per acre can be produced with 90% less water than traditional methods.

Our Team

Josh Lessing

Co-Founder & CEO

Ryan Knopf

Co-Founder & CTO

Akash Nandi


Michele Pratusevich

Director of Software Development

Shreyas Aditya

Machine Learning Engineer

Ryan Wasserman

Principal Mechanical Engineer

Joseph Gabay

Robotics Engineer

Dana Lucas

Plant Scientist

Jamie Smith

Embedded Software Engineer

Jon Spyreas

Senior Software Engineer

VijayaGanesh Mohan

Perception Engineer

Nash Reilly

Principal Electrical Engineer

Wesley Bird

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Kris Ohlinger

Deployment Engineer

Aykut Onol

Senior Controls Engineer

Sterling Gray

Robotics Co-op

Finn Howell

Robotics Co-op

We're Hiring!


At Root, we’re pushing the edge of what’s possible. Building a better world will require fresh ideas, determination, and an awful lot of teamwork. If solving hard problems with a tight knit team excites you, check out our careers page.

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