This book provides a comprehensive review of key advances in the use of robots in agriculture.
Chapters summarise developments in location and guidance systems, GPS technologies, machine vision, navigation, actuation, communication and control technologies. The second part of the book discusses deploying these techniques to save labour, improve precision, speed and efficiency in agricultural operations.
Chapters review the state of the art on the use of agricultural robots in planting, crop monitoring, spraying, irrigation and weed management. There are also reviews of orchard management and harvesting, harvesting of soft fruit and in-field grading of harvested produce. Other chapters cover the application of robotics in the livestock sector.
Part 1 Technologies
1.An overview of machine vision technologies for agricultural robots and automation: John Billingsley, University of Southern Queensland, Australia;
2.Advances in actuation and control in agricultural robots: Pal Johan From, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway and University of Lincoln, UK; and Lars Grimstad, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway;
3.Advances in communication systems in agricultural robots: Christopher Wiegman, Santosh Pitla and Scott Shearer, The Ohio State University, USA;
4.Human-robot collaboration in agricultural robots: Yael Edan, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel;
5.Global positioning systems (GPS) for agriculture: an overview: John Billingsley, University of Southern Queensland, Australia;
Part 2 Applications
6.The use of agricultural robots in crop spraying/fertilizer applications: Ron Berenstein, University of California-Berkeley, USA;
7.The use of intelligent/autonomous systems in crop irrigation: Stefano Carpin, University of California-Merced, USA; Ken Goldberg, University of California-Berkeley, USA; Stavros Vougioukas, University of California-Davis, USA; Ron Berenstein, University of California-Berkeley, USA; and Josh Viers, University of California-Merced, USA;
8.The use of agricultural robots in weed management and control: Brian Steward, Jingyao Gai and Lie Tang, Iowa State University, USA;
9.The use of agricultural robots in orchard management: Qin Zhang and Manoj Karkee, Washington University, USA; and Amy Tabb, USDA-ARS, USA;
10.Advances in automated in-field grading of harvested crops: Jose Blasco, Maria Gyomar Gonzalez Gonzalez, Patricia Chueca and Sergio Cubero, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA), Spain; and Nuria Aleixos, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain;
11.Advances in using robots in forestry operations: Ola Lindroos and Omar Mendoza-Trejo, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden; Pedro La Hera, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and The Cluster of Forest Technology, Sweden; and Daniel Ortiz Morales, Cranab, Sweden;
12.Advances in robotic milking: Marcia Endres and Jim Salfer, University of Minnesota, USA;
13.Advances in automating meat processing operations: Ai-Ping Hu, Georgia Tech Research Institute, USA;
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 30th June 2019
Publisher: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing
Edition Number: 1