[robotics-worldwide] Reminder: Special Issue: Agricultural Robotics, JFR

Denny Oetomo doetomo at unimelb.edu.au
Sat Jul 12 18:40:40 PDT 2008


Dear all,

Please be reminded that the deadline for the Special Issue on Agricultural Robotics, Journal of Field Robotics, is approaching (the 25th of July 2008).

The Call for Paper is included below.

Best Regards,

Denny Oetomo


Journal of Field Robotics (JFR) Special Issue: 
Advances in Agricultural Robotics

Automation is one of the most important reasons in the improvement of farming efficiency. The maturing technologies being developed by the robotics community are paving the way for the exciting deployments of robust robotic systems in the environment of large scale farming, one that is semi-structured. Not only does this have the potential to increase the productivity and the quality of agricultural facilities, it can also significantly alter the way in which the farming industry is modeled and conducted.  
The future vision of the emerging trend in autonomous farming is of great interest, not only to the robotics and agricultural communities, but also to the industries and wider community.  Field of interest includes the broader area of agriculture such as forestry and aquaculture.  Advances in agricultural efficiency provided by the robotics technology and automation greatly impact the sustainability of our natural resources in satisfying the demand of the growing world population.    

The Journal of Field Robotics (JFR) announces a special issue on the advances in agricultural robotics.  High quality submissions are sought to present various state-of-the-arts applications of robotic techniques to the area of agricultural robotics and automation. Field experimentation results as well as conceptual ideas with potentials to define the future of agricultural automation are of great interest.  Perspective from agricultural experts on robotics and automation is also of great interest.

We invite papers that exhibit theory and methods applied to field of agricultural robotics, including but not limited to :
* Examples of robust implementation of robotics technology deployed on the farm
* Methods of sensing, identification, and localisation in the semi-structured farming environment
* Modelling and control of autonomous systems in agricultural tasks
* Mechanism analysis, design, as well as manipulation strategies specific to the tasks required in the 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 the systems and the environment
* Other novel ideas, concepts, applications that would be of significant contribution to the field of autonomous agriculture

It is of great interest that papers for this special issue provide technical descriptions of systems as well as results and analysis of fielded experimentations. Lessons learned in development and operation are also pertinent.

Special Issue Guest Editors:

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


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

URL: http://www.journalfieldrobotics.org/Special_Issues.html
Contact: doetomo at unimelb.edu.au or billings at usq.edu.au



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