[robotics-worldwide] CFP: JFR Special Issue on Agricultural Robotics

Denny Oetomo Denny.Nurjanto.Oetomo at eng.monash.edu.au
Sun Jan 27 21:55:53 PST 2008

Journal of Field Robotics Special Issue: Advances in Agricultural 

Special Issue Guest Editors:

John Billingsley, University of Southern Queensland
John Reid, Intelligent Machine Systems, John Deere
Denny Oetomo, University of Melbourne

Automation is one of the most important reasons in the improvement of 
farming efficiency. The maturing technologies of the robotics 
community are paving the way for exciting deployments of robust 
robotic systems in the environment of large scale farming, one that is 
not entirely structured. Not only does this have the potential to 
increase productivity and the quality of agricultural facilities, it 
can also significantly alter the way in which the farming industry is 
modeled and conducted. 

The emerging trend in autonomous farming is of great significance, not 
only to the robotics and agricultural communities, but also to 
industry and the wider community in general.  The field of interest 
extends beyond agriculture to include broader areas such as forestry 
and aquaculture.  Advances in agricultural efficiency provided by the 
robotics technology and automation greatly impact the sustainability 
of our natural resources to satisfy the demands of the growing world 

The Journal of Field Robotics (JFR) announces a special issue on 
advances in agricultural robotics.  High quality submissions are 
sought to present various state-of-the-arts applications of robotic 
techniques in the area of agricultural robotics and automation. Field 
experimentation results as well as conceptual ideas with potential to 
define the future of agricultural automation are of great interest. 
Perspectives from agricultural experts on robotics and automation are 
also of great interest. We invite papers that exhibit theory and 
methods applied to the field of agricultural robotics, including:
* Examples of robust implementation of robotics technology deployed on 
the farm
* Methods of sensing,identification, and localisation in the semi-
structured farming environment
* Mechanism analysis, design, as well as manipulation strategies 
specific to the tasks required in agricultural processes
* Techniques for reliable information sharing in an integrated farm 
automation framework
* Strategies for effective human-machine coordination and cooperation 
in farming tasks
* Algorithm for efficient interaction between systems and the 
* Other novel ideas, concepts and applications that would be of 
significant contribution to the field of agricultural automation

It is intended that papers for this special issue should provide 
technical descriptions of systems as well as results and analysis of 
field experiments. Lessons learned in development and operation are 
also pertinent.

John Billingsley <billings at usq.edu.au>
Denny Oetomo <doetomo at unimelb.edu.au>

July 25, 2008          - Submission of manuscripts
September 25, 2008     - Complete reviews
October 15, 2008       - Notification of acceptance
December 15, 2008      - Final manuscripts due for publication

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