ROBOCROP – DETECCION INTELIGENTE Y MANIPULACION ROBOTICA BIMANUAL PARA LA COSECHA SELECTIVA DE CULTIVOS DE ALTO VALOR

ROBOCROP – DETECCION INTELIGENTE Y MANIPULACION ROBOTICA BIMANUAL PARA LA COSECHA SELECTIVA DE CULTIVOS DE ALTO VALOR – INTELLIGENT SENSING AND DUAL-ARM MANIPULATION FOR SELECTIVE HARVESTING OF HIGH-VALUE CROPS

Despite the advances made in precision agriculture in recent years, there is no commercial solution for the selective harvesting of crops yet. This is mainly because current robotic systems are not efficient and reliable enough to meet the requirements of the actual application. Addressing problems such as the high variability of products (size, shape and maturity) and the environment, the delicate nature of products, and harsh environmental conditions, require advanced detection, manipulation and control systems. To respond to this challenge, ROBOCROP intends to take a significant step forward in the areas of perception and robotic manipulation in unstructured environments, by designing and implementing robust detection and localization algorithms in agricultural environments, as well as control algorithms based on behaviour and learning, which allow the execution of bimanual harvesting operations similar to those carried out by human beings.

The solution proposed by ROBOCROP combines:

  • A modular dual-arm robotic unit implemented from commercial modules and intended for carrying out bimanual harvesting operations.
  • An intelligent sensory system for the detection of the targets to be harvested.
  • A control system based on the fast execution of pre-programmed bi-manual behaviours.
  • A human-machine interface for task planning and monitoring of all the operations.

The integration of these elements will result in an autonomous robotic system for the selective harvesting of high-value crops. ROBOCROP results will contribute to the advancement of the Agriculture 4.0 revolution by providing disruptive technology to boost the development of the agricultural robotics market in Spain and Europe and help farmers increase the sustainability, productivity and profitability of their operations.

The project is funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades, Grant DPI2017-84253-C2-1-R, under the supervision of Roemi Fernández Saavedra (roemi.fernandez@car.upm-csic.es).

The Research Team is composed by Pablo Gonzalez-de-Santos and Manuel Armada.

The other active members of the Project Team are: Delia Sepúlveda, Eduardo Navas and Jesús Reviejo.