Autonomous agricultural robot

Phythian, Mark W. (2002) Autonomous agricultural robot. In: Mechatronics and machine vision 2002: current practice. Robotics and Mechatronics (4). Research Studies Press, Baldock, United Kingdom, pp. 237-244. ISBN 0-86380-278-8


The automation of agricultural machinery in Australia has tended towards refining the operation of existing equipment including tilling, spraying and harvesting tasks. Little effort has been focused on developing an alternative to some of the labour intensive tasks, such as weed chipping, spot spraying and crop monitoring. It is proposed that an autonomous agricultural robot, utilising recent developments in machine vision and global position system (GPS) navigation, would provide a cost effective alternative to a hired hand for such repetitive tasks. This paper presents the design and currently status of a robotic platform for row crop tending currently under development at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Details presented include the configuration of the prototype platform, control and drive systems. an overview of the navigation model and the low cost of GPS receivers and vision systems.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice. Made accessible with permission.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2008 12:40
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 03:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kalman algorithm; GPS navigation; vision
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091302 Automation and Control Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences

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