Robotics for sustainable broad-acre agriculture

Ball, David, English, Andrew, Patten, Tim, Upcroft, Ben, Fitch, Robert, Sukkarieh, Salah, Wyeth, Gordon, & Corke, Peter (2013) Robotics for sustainable broad-acre agriculture. In Proceedings of Field and Service Robotics (FSR 2013), Springer-Verlag, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 1-14.

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This paper describes the development of small low-cost cooperative robots for sustainable broad-acre agriculture to increase broad-acre crop production and reduce environmental impact. The current focus of the project is to use robotics to deal with resistant weeds, a critical problem for Australian farmers. To keep the overall system affordable our robot uses low-cost cameras and positioning sensors to perform a large scale coverage task while also avoiding obstacles. A multi-robot coordinator assigns parts of a given field to individual robots. The paper describes the modification of an electric vehicle for autonomy and experimental results from one real robot and twelve simulated robots working in coordination for approximately two hours on a 55 hectare field in Emerald Australia. Over this time the real robot 'sprayed' 6 hectares missing 2.6% and overlapping 9.7% within its assigned field partition, and successfully avoided three obstacles.

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ID Code: 69162
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Cooperative robots, Broad-acre agriculture, Resistant weeds, Australian farmers
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2014 01:20
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 21:33

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