Adaptation of robots behavior for an efficient use in agriculture
The popularity of mobile robotics in agriculture is increasing according to the potential benefits for the reduction of the environmental impact and the painfulness. Nevertheless, the deployment of robots in such an area relies on the capability of the robot to adapt itself to the various conditions and task to be achieved encountered in agriculture, as well as the usability by human.
The efficiency, usability and safety of robots indeed appear to be capital conditions for robots, to be a part of the new deal. Despite the numerous progresses achieved in terms of autonomous navigation, persistent scientific locks are still presents for decision making and adaptation of the robot behaviour to a dynamic environment and interaction with human. Such scientific issues do not impact only the robots performances, but also the safety and integrity. Moreover, the navigation is not the sole function to be considered for robotics in agriculture, since, on the contrary of autonomous vehicles area, robots in agriculture have to achieve interaction with soil and plants.
This workshop aims at sharing last scientific advances for agricultural robotics on the three following topics.
Robot decision for adaptation to human behavior, off-road and task diversity, and safety preservation
Human – robot interaction and cobotic application for agriculture
Implements automation and coordination with robots for agriculture tasks achievement
Animated by Stéphane DURAN, in charge of RobAgri project
RobAgri is a national association including 65 members from start-ups to large industrial groups, laboratories in robotics and technical institutes. It aims at structuring and representing the agricultural robotics’ sector. Its objective is to answer the agricultural sector’s challenges as ecological transition and painful working through the following actions:
To produce knowledge, methods, operational technological solutions,
To promote meetings between the stakeholders in the R&D field, the academic world and the design offices,
To convey a new perspective on the agricultural equipment of the future and in particular, to the agricultural robotics,
To develop consistency in group work performed collectively,
To ensure the promotion and dissemination of the results and works (without manufacturing and selling robots on the farmers’ market).