Towards safe and reliable robots proposing new tool for agriculture
Mobile robots for achieving agricultural operations are becoming more and more popular. From the automation of agriculture vehicle up to the arise of new autonomous machines, more and more devices are marketed, with various level of decisional capabilities. The progresses made in off-road mobile robots have indeed permitted to control robots in natural environments with an accuracy in-line with agricultural tasks requirements.
Nevertheless, the growing popularity of such robots requires to warranty not only the efficiency, but the safety too. The variety of encountered situations and operations to be achieved, as well as the diversity of robot types and configurations, do not permit to propose a unique vision of control and safety devices. If some solutions are already available for some applications, the topic of security and fault treatment are still an open question in off-road context without a unique answer.
As a result, the question of decision making is more and more important in the framework of off-road mobile robots, in order to change the robot behavior, the task planning or even ask for human assistance. The autonomy of an agricultural robot indeed relies on its ability to make a decision and adapt itself to the situation, the context and select the optimal behavior: a set of sensors, algorithms and implements.
The benefits of agricultural robots is indeed not limited to the sole automation of motion. The control of implement and its coordination with the robot motion is a rising question too. The management of redundancy, as well as the interaction with soft objects, are emerging topics for agricultural robotics, which will give new opportunities.
This workshop aims at sharing last scientific advances for agricultural robotics on the three following topics.
Safety and control
Supervision and decision making for mobile robot
Interaction between mobile robots and implement
Animated by Stéphane DURAN, in charge of RobAgri project
Representatives of Laboratories involved in RobAgri
Session 1:Safety of off-road robots
The reliability gap in deep learning based-perception for robotics
Feras Dayoub, QUT
Verification of Autonomous Robots, a Roboticist Bottom Up
F. Ingrand, LAAS
Towards a reliable software infrastructure for knowledge driven
robots in agriculture
M. Höllmann, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Fault detection and diagnosis for safety of off-road mobile robots
M. AlMasri, N. Tricot, Irstea
Session 2:Planning, supervision and control
Project PANTHEON:Precision Farming of Hazelnut Orchard
Andrea Gasparri, Roma University
Predictive Control based Dynamic Path Tracking of a Bi-steerable
Rover with Obstacle Avoidance on Slippery Grounds
F. Ben Amar, M. Fnadi, Isir
ROSE challenge:performance evaluation of autonomous weeding
G. Avrin, V. Barbosa, LNE
Session 3:Interaction and advanced perception
Yield computation in the framework of Smart Vineyard project
Z. Cheng, P. Marquet, Sogeti
Contactless ultrasonic sensors as a tool to determine plant water
status immediately and non-destructively
L. Fariñas, UPV
Structuration of AgRob community
First analysis of patents in the field of agricultural robotics
E. Chapelier, inpi, Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation
AgroROBOFood, A Digital Innovation Hub for Robotics in
F. Colledani, CEA, WUR
Announcement and scientific day closure
CALL FOR PAPERS
The scientific workshop is open to contribution!
The Call for paper is runing until the 15th of November (1page abstract), so if you want to present your project research, please register.
As soon as your project is validated for a pitch, our committee will contact you to prepare.
For all submission please contact :
President of RobAgri’s scientific and Technical Comitee – Research director Irstea
Leader Mobility and Robotics team, TSCF Unit – 9 avenue Blaise Pascal – CS2008563178 Aubiere Cedex
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).