Day 2.
Scientific WorkShop

First scientific RobAgri workshop

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

9.30 AMWelcome & introduction
9.45 AMIntroductive session : RobAgri scientific environment
Last advances, rising topics, scientific locks
Representatives of Laboratories involved in RobAgri
Session 1:Safety of off-road robots
10.30 AMThe reliability gap in deep learning based-perception for roboticsFeras Dayoub, QUT
11.10 AMVerification of Autonomous Robots, a Roboticist Bottom Up
F. Ingrand, LAAS
11.30 AMTowards a reliable software infrastructure for knowledge driven
robots in agriculture
M. Höllmann, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
11.50 AMFault detection and diagnosis for safety of off-road mobile robotsM. AlMasri, N. Tricot, Irstea
12.10 AMLunch breack
Session 2:Planning, supervision and control
1.45 PMProject PANTHEON:Precision Farming of Hazelnut OrchardAndrea Gasparri, Roma University
2.25 PMPredictive Control based Dynamic Path Tracking of a Bi-steerable
Rover with Obstacle Avoidance on Slippery Grounds
F. Ben Amar, M. Fnadi, Isir
2.45 PM
3.05 PMROSE challenge:performance evaluation of autonomous weeding
G. Avrin, V. Barbosa, LNE
3.25 PMBreack
Session 3:Interaction and advanced perception
3.55 PM
4.35 PMYield computation in the framework of Smart Vineyard projectZ. Cheng, P. Marquet, Sogeti
4.55 PMContactless ultrasonic sensors as a tool to determine plant water
status immediately and non-destructively
L. Fariñas, UPV
Structuration of AgRob community
5.15 PMFirst analysis of patents in the field of agricultural roboticsE. Chapelier, inpi, Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation
5.35 PMAgroROBOFood, A Digital Innovation Hub for Robotics in
F. Colledani, CEA, WUR
6.00 PMAnnouncement and scientific day closure


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  :

Roland Lenain

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

Tel: (+33)4 73 440690


Registration is now open for FIRA 2019!

Benefit from the “early bird” rate until October 18th at midnight: €42 instead of €60.

Rates for the two days (including all taxes):

  • “Early bird” rate (until October 18th ) : €42,  online exclusively
  • Full fare (starting October 19th ) : €60 online, €84 on-site
  • Students rate : €25 online, €84 on-site
  • Free for all the farmers
  • Group Rate (+10 pax): please contact us


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).


Stéphane Duran – Project Manager

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