Workshop on Agricultural Robotics:
Enabling Safe, Efficient, Affordable Robots for Food Production
October 11, 2012, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal                                                                  Collocated with IROS 2012

Motivation and Objectives

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.