[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP: IROS 2017 Workshop on Agricultural Robotics: learning from Industry 4.0 and moving into the future

Tsampikos Kounalakis t.kounalakis at gmail.com
Fri May 26 14:45:24 PDT 2017




Workshop on Agricultural Robotics: learning from Industry 4.0 and moving 
into the future

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

IROS 2017 Vancouver, Canada


agrob2017 at easychair.org

Agriculture provides humans with food and raw materials although with a 
large impact on the environment. Precision farming is a promising 
pathway to increase the sustainability of farming by increasing farm 
profitability, reducing manual labor, and reducing environmental impact. 
In particular, it is expected that robotized precision farming solutions 
allowing high precision targeted interventions will increase yield and 
create a more viable ecological solution. Whilst robotics is moving out 
of the labs into industrial settings, many recent advances in robotics 
have not yet found their way into the agricultural domain. Agriculture 
demands high levels of intelligence, mobility, autonomy, manipulation 
and robustness. While subsets of those characteristics have been 
targeted by the industrial-, field- and space-robotics communities no 
all-encompassing solutions have yet been reported. The successes of 
intelligent robots in semi-structured and semi-controlled industrial 
settings give rise to optimism about robots working in uncontrolled 
agricultural environments.

Learning from Industry 4.0, agricultural robots will need to employ 
attributes such as modularity, cyber-physical capabilities, 
decentralized decision making and Internet of Things (IoT) 
implementations, which also comprise the key features of the ongoing 4th 
industrial revolution.

This workshop aims at stimulating discussion towards addressing 
requirements of agricultural robotics systems, learning from the 
experiences of industrial robotics and emphasizing on the needed future 
steps and research directions for the envisioned future farming.

We warmly welcome contributions in two formats: papers which will be 
presented over a poster session during the workshop, and discussion 
questions. All papers will undergo a peer review process by the 
organizing committee. Accepted papers will be available online. 
Discussion questions are short questions that will be directed to the 
panel of invited speakers during the workshop, to trigger further 

** TOPICS (non inclusive) **


    Robotized precision farming.


    Farming sustainability, profitability and viable ecological solution.


    Repurposing of industrial-, field- and space-robots for agriculture.


    Analogies between Industry 4.0 and agricultural applications.


    Modular structured agricultural systems.


    Cyber-physical system agricultural production monitoring.


    Decentralized decision and computation for agricultural applications.


    Internet of Things on agriculture sensoring devices.


    Novel perception for agricultural robots including passive and
    active methods.


    Long-term autonomy and navigation in unstructured environments.


    Adaptive sampling and informative data collection.


    Deployment strategies and user interfaces for end-users.



    Prof. Qin Zhang, Washington State University, USA


    Dr. David Michael Ball, Bosch Deepfield Robotics, Germany


    Prof. Volker Krüger, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark


    Dr. Stephen T. Nuske, Carnegie Mellon University, USA



31 Jul 2017 Paper submission deadline

14 Aug 2017 Notification of acceptance

Discussion Questions:

14 Sep 2017 Discussion question submission deadline


Tsampikos Kounalakis, Aalborg University, Denmark

Frits van Evert, Wageningen University, Netherlands

David Michael Ball, Robert Bosch Startup Deepfield Robotics, Germany

Gert Kootstra, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Lazaros Nalpantidis, Aalborg University, Denmark

CONTACT: agrob2017 at easychair.org

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