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

Denny Oetomo doetomo at unimelb.edu.au
Tue May 27 16:54:40 PDT 2008

Journal of Field Robotics Special Issue: Advances in Agricultural
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 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.  Advances in
agricultural efficiency provided by the robotics technology and
automation greatly impacts 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.  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

We invite papers that exhibit theory and methods applied to 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
* 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.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact
Denny Oetomo (doetomo at unimelb.edu.au)

For information on paper format and submission procedures, please
refer to the JFR website:
http://www.journalfieldrobotics.org/Home.html <http://www.journalfieldrobotics.org/index.html> 

Submission of papers is done online:

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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