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Robotic Vision and Action in Agriculture

Robotic Vision and Action in Agriculture

12:00 pm, 25 MAY 2018

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2018), Brisbane, Australia

Chris McCool

c.mccool@qut.edu.au

ICRA 2018 Workshop: Robotic Vision and Action in Agriculture: the future of agri-food systems and its deployment to the real-world

Friday 25th May 2018 (Afternoon Workshop)

ICRA 2018 – International Conference on Robotics and Automation

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This half-day workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss advances in robotics applications and the intersection of these advances with agricultural practices. As such, the workshop will focus not only on recent advancements in vision systems and action but it will also explore what this means for agricultural practices and how robotics can be used to better manage and understand the crop and environment.

Agriculture robotics faces a number of unique challenges and operates at the intersection of applied robotic vision, manipulation and crop science. Robotics will provide a key role in improving productivity, increasing crop quality and even enabling individualised weed and crop treatment. All of these advancements are integral for providing food to a growing population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, requiring agricultural production to double in order to meet food demands.

This half-day workshop brings together researchers and industry working on novel approaches for long term operation across changing agricultural environments, including broad-acre crops, orchard crops, nurseries and greenhouses, and horticulture. It will also host, Prof. Achim Walter, an internationally renowned crop scientist who will provide a unique perspective on the far future of how robotics can further revolutionise agriculture.

The goal of the workshop is to discuss the future of agricultural robotics and how thinking and acting with a robot in the field enables a range of different applications and approaches. A particular emphasis will be placed on vision and action that works in the field by coping with changes in appearance and geometry of the environment. Learning how to interact within this complicated environment will also be of special interest to the workshop as will be the alternative applications enabled by better understanding and exploiting the link between robotics and crop science.

Australian Centre for Robotic Vision
2 George Street Brisbane, 4001
+61 7 3138 7549