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.
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).