Agricultural Robotics Portal

 

  There is increasing awareness and development of agricultural robots around the world. In these pages I will try to bring together the links to projects that I am aware of. If you know of any links not included here, please let me know!

 

Autonomous Crop Treatment Vehicle (1993-1996)
Name: ACTV. Champion: Nick Tillett
Type: Two wheel drive, differential steer

Tillett and Hague Technology Ltd
The Weedy robot from the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science
 University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck, Germany
Name: Weedy. Champion: Arno Ruckelshausen
Type: Four wheel drive / Four wheel steer
A related paper can be found here (in German)
The autonomous tractor developed at Copenhagen University in Denmark.
Name: Hako. Champion: Hans Griepentrog
Type: Rear wheel drive / Front wheel steer modified grounds tractor
Power: 27hp Diesel

Related projects: See RoboWeed and Safe and Reliable

Notes: Standard front, centre and rear linkages allow multiple implements to be attached.

Details can also be found on these pages here.
The autonomous Christmas tree weeder developed at Copenhagen University in Denmark.
Name: ACW. Champion: Henrik Have
Type: Rear wheel drive / Front wheel steer modified grass cutter
Power: 9 kW Petrol
Notes: Retractable side cutter

Details can also be found on these pages here.
The Supportive Autonomous Vehicle for AGriculturE built my MSc students at the Piraeus Institute of Technology, Greece in collaboration with University of Thessaly.
Name: SAVAGE. Champions: Kostas Tressos & Ioannis Andreou
Type: 4WD / 4WS portal
Power: 4x200W electric motors
Notes: simple mechanical design allowed fabrication by blacksmith.
hts3.jpg (24100 bytes) The Autonomous Platform and Information system. Originally built by 2 MSc Students at the Danish Technical University (Mobile Robot for Weeding). Their thesis can be found here.
Further work was carried out on the API design by 3 MSc students at Aalborg university.
Name: API. Champion:?
Type: 4WD / 4WS portal
Power: Battery + 4x?W wheel motors
Related projects: See the Agrobotics project and the ACROSS project.
Notes: Two versions were made
The Hortibot, an integration between the Spider grass cutter and the API built at DIAS in Denmark. Videos can be found here.
Name: Hortibot. Champion: Rasmus J°rgensen
Type: 4WD / 4WS modified grass cutter
Power: 13kW Petrol.
Notes: Modified to allow rotation, smart micro sprayer added.

 

The FieldRobot event. Although technically not a robot in itself the annual FieldRobot event does promote many good agricultural robots.

 

 

Weeding robot developed at Wageningen UR by Tijmen Bakker. (Presentation
Name: ?. Champion: Tijmen Bakker
Type: 4WD / 4WS Portal tractor
Power: Diesel engine
Notes: Tijmen successfully defended his PhD 13 Feb 2009
The SlugBot was developed to investigate the issues of energetic autonomy, by harvesting slugs and putting them into a digester to power the robot!
Name: SlugBot. Champion: Ian Kelly
Type: 4WD skid steer
Power: (2 slugs per hour? ;)
Notes: See also EcoBots
EcoBots I and II developed at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK, use microbial fuel cells to power themselves - but very slowly.
Name: EcoBot. Champion: Chris Melhuish
Type: 2WD differential steer
Power: Dead flies
Notes:
The Halmstad weeding robot, Sweden.
Name: ?. Champion:  Albert-Jan Baerveldt / Bj÷rn ┼strand
Type: Rear wheel drive / Front wheel steer
Power: ? Petrol engine
Notes: Vision guidance and plant recognition with mechanical weeding
The Modulaire tractor was designed as a remote controlled tractor in the 1990s. Nine were built in Finland and one was modified for GPS control. Here is a movie. (DivX, 4MB)
Name: Modulaire. Champion:?
Type: tracks
Power: 40hp
Notes: Front and rear linkages

 

Autonomous guidance projects at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Name:? Champion: Qin Zhang
Type:
Rear wheel drive / Front wheel steer
Power: ?
Notes: Conventional tractor modified for automatic steering
The AgRover robot being developed at Iowa State University, USA
Name: AgRover. Champion: Lie Tang
Type:
Four wheel drive / Four wheel steer
Power: Battery + 4 wheel motors
Notes: Self levelling frame
The Skinny Boy robot being developed at USP san Carlos, (with EMBRAPA) Brazil.
Name: Skinny Boy. Champion: Ricardo Inamasu
Type:
Four wheel drive / Four wheel steer
Power: Battery + 4 wheel motors
Notes: large stable space frame