[robotics-worldwide] CFP: ICRA 2009 Workshop on Agricultural Robotics

Denny Oetomo doetomo at unimelb.edu.au
Mon Dec 22 14:47:43 PST 2008

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Call for Participation

The workshop on Agricultural Robotics is held in conjuction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Kobe, Japan, on the 13th of May 2009 (morning session).  We are calling for researchers and experts in the area of agricultural robotics and automation to present their work at the workshop.   Information on this workshop can be found in: http://www.usq.edu.au/users/billings/ieee/icraw2009/icraw2009.html <http://www.usq.edu.au/users/billings/ieee/icraw2009/icraw2009.html> 

To participate, please contact the workshop organisers. 

Best Regards,



The workshop on Agricultural Robotics
Organised by:
The Technical Committee on Agricultural Robotics
IEEE Robotics and Automation society

Title: Autonomous Agriculture

Contact for Session organizers:

Professor John Billingsley
Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering,
University of Southern Queensland,
Toowoomba Qld 4350Australia
Phone: + 61 7 4631 2513Email:
billings at usq.edu.au

Dr Denny Oetomo,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010 Australia
Tel: +61 3 8344 6795
Fax: +61 3 9347 8784
Email: doetomo at unimelb.edu.au

Automation is one of the most significant factors in the improvement of farming efficiency. At present,
the maturing technologies within the robotics community pave the way for the exciting deployment of
robust robotics systems in the semi-structured environment of large scale farming. This has the potential
to increase productivity and the quality of agricultural facilities. The way farming the industry in general
is modeled and executed may also be drastically modified. The autonomous operation of agricultural
activities is discussed in this workshop, critically explored through the presentation of the new
technologies available today.

After a successful workshop in ICRA 2008, the IEEE RAS Technical Committee is proposing to organize
another workshop at ICRA 2009, inviting a new set of speakers to present their work. While the
presenters in the last workshop came mostly from the US and Australia (and just one presenter from
Japan), the Technical Committee is seeking to widen its network by inviting more participation from
Europe and Japan for this round of the workshop. This session is proposed as a half-day workshop at
ICRA 2009.  Papers presented at the workshop will form the seed of a journal special issue on the advances Agricultural Robotics. 


Motivation and Objectives:
* To present the concept of autonomous agriculture through the robust application of robotics and
automation strategies.
* To generate awareness and interest on the role and impact of robotics and automation in agricultural
* To present state-of-the-art technology in autonomous systems deployed on the agricultural tasks.


List of topics
Topics of the workshop is focused on the technical concept and realization of autonomous agriculture,
which can be focused on (but not limited to):
* Modeling, planning, sensing, and control of autonomous field robots
* Robots for automated inspection and handling of farm produce
* Methods of sensing, identification, and localisation in the semi-structured farming environment
* Strategies for effective human-machine coordination and cooperation in farming tasks
* Algorithm for efficient interaction between the systems and the environment
* Other novel ideas, concepts, applications that would be of significant contribution to the field of
autonomous agriculture

Feb 10, 2009      Program finalized for each workshop and tutorials  
Feb 25, 2009      Final workshop/tutorials material due for CD-ROM 
May 13 2008
9:00-12:00          The workshop  

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