[robotics-worldwide] IROS workshop on Agricultural Robotics on October 11 (second call for participation)

Marcel Bergerman marcelbergerman at gmail.com
Mon Oct 1 12:07:52 PDT 2012

Please join us for an afternoon of presentations and discussion on the
latest in robotics applied to humankind's oldest and most important
industry: agriculture.


Sixty years after making their debut in industrial environments, robots are
making their way into our everyday life. Farmers have benefited for some
time from self-guided machinery including combines and harvesters. More
recently, multi-purpose autonomous vehicles have started to be deployed in
orchards, groves, nurseries, and other agricultural environments to
automate or augment operations such as pruning, thinning, harvesting,
mowing, and spraying. Successful commercialization of such vehicles will
depend largely on the robotics community overcoming technological,
socioeconomic, and regulatory barriers to deployment and adoption. The
chairs of the Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee on
Agricultural Robotics & Automation invite academic and industrial robotics
and agricultural researchers, engineers, practitioners, and students to
come together and create a future where robots enable safe, efficient, and
affordable food production.

The objectives of the workshop are to provide a forum for researchers in
agricultural robotics to survey the state-of-the-art in the field, discuss
new ideas, and create a roadmap of research opportunities and field
applications, and convene experts and beginners, scientists and students,
and academics and industry personnel in an informal setting to foster
cross-country collaboration networks.

The target audience includes: academic and industrial researchers,
engineers, practitioners, and students, either currently working in
agricultural robotics or interested in learning more about this exciting
and growing field.

See you in Portugal!

Marcel Bergerman
Carnegie Mellon University
marcel at cmu.edu

Eldert van Henten
Wageningen UR
eldert.vanhenten at wur.nl

John Billingsley
University of Southern Queensland
john.billingsley at usq.edu.au

John Reid
John Deere
ReidJohnF at JohnDeere.com

Mingcong Deng
 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
deng at cc.tuat.ac.jp

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