Intelligent sensing and manipulation for sustainable production and harvesting of high value crops
Welcome Crops. Crops is a large-scale integrating FP7 EU project in the theme Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies within the call: Automation and robotics for sustainable crop and forestry management.
CROPS will develop scientific know-how for a highly configurable, modular and clever carrier platform that includes modular parallel manipulators and intelligent tools (sensors, algorithms, sprayers, grippers) that can be easily installed onto the carrier and are capable of adapting to new tasks and conditions. Several technological demonstrators will be developed for high value crops like greenhouse vegetables, fruits in orchards, and grapes for premium wines. The CROPS robotic platform will be capable of site-specific spraying (targets spray only towards foliage and selective targets) and selective harvesting of fruit (detects the fruit, determines its ripeness, moves towards the fruit, grasps it and softly detaches it). Another objective of CROPS is to develop techniques for reliable detection and classification of obstacles and other objects to enable successful autonomous navigation and operation in plantations and forests. The agricultural and forestry applications share many research areas, primarily regarding sensing and learning capabilities.
The project started in october 2010 and will run for 48 month.
Below a number of photos from the different demonstrators which are under development. From left to right: Sweet-pepper harvesting robot, apple harvesting robot, close range precision spraying robot and canopy optimized spraying robot.
|Harvesting of sweet-pepper in the greenhouseNote: The speed of the robot during this first harvest operations in real-world conditions is slowed down by purpose to prevent damages on plant and/or robot due to unforeseen issues. (file size=15.3 MB)||WP5 Protected cultivation – Sweet pepper
||WP5 Protected cultivation – Sweet pepper||April 2014|
|Human detection using thermal camera (MP4 format, 6.5 MB)if you have problems playing the file try this format:||WP8: Forestry||WP8: Forestry||May 2014|
|Third (final) Manipulator Prototype. 7 Degrees of Freedom configuration. Picking demo of artificial pepper fruits in the lab (10.1 MB)||WP3 Manipulators and End-Effectors||WP3 Manipulators and End-Effectors||January 2014|
|Third (final) Manipulator Prototype. 9 Degrees of Freedom configuration. Picking demo of artificial pepper fruits in the lab (16.2 MB)||WP3 Manipulators and End-Effectors||WP3 Manipulators and End-Effectors||January 2014|