Billingsley, John (2009) Automation and the farmer. In: SEAg 2009: Agricultural Technology in a Changing Climate, 13-16 Sept 2009, Brisbane, Australia.
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A current problem in Australia is the shortage of human assistance for farmers. Automation and technological innovation are discussed as answers to this, delegating tasks to ‘robot’ systems. By way of example, projects are examined that have been conducted over the years at the NCEA, including vision guidance of tractors, quality assessment of produce, discrimination between plants and weeds and determination of cattle condition using machine vision. Strategies are explored for extending the current trends that use machine intelligence to reduce the need for human intervention, including the concept of smaller but more intelligent autonomous devices. Concepts of teleoperation are also explored, in which assistance can be provided by operatives remote from the process. With present advances in communication bandwidth, techniques that are common for monitoring remote trough water levels can be extended to perform real-time dynamic control tasks that range from selective picking to stock drafting.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Authors retain copyright.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||automation; machine vision; robotics; teleoperation|
|Subjects:||290000 Engineering and Technology > 299900 Other Engineering and Technology > 299904 Engineering/Technology Instrumentation
300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences > 300300 Horticulture > 300304 Post Harvest Technologies
|Depositing User:||Prof John Billingsley|
|Date Deposited:||11 Jan 2010 04:52|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 23:33|
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