Robotics in agriculture and forestry

M. Bergerman, J. Billingsley, J. Reid, E.J. van Henten

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Abstract

Robotics for agriculture and forestry (A&F) represents the ultimate application of one of our society’s latest and most advanced innovations to its most ancient and important industries. Over the course of history, mechanization and automation increased crop output several orders of magnitude, enabling a geometric growth in population and an increase in quality of life across the globe. Rapid population growth and rising incomes in developing countries, however, require ever larger amounts of A&F output. This chapter addresses robotics for A&F in the form of case studies where robotics is being successfully applied to solve well-identified problems. With respect to plant crops, the focus is on the in-field or in-farm tasks necessary to guarantee a quality crop and, generally speaking, end at harvest time. In the livestock domain, the focus is on breeding and nurturing, exploiting, harvesting, and slaughtering and processing. The chapter is organized in four main sections. The first one explains the scope, in particular, what aspects of robotics for A&F are dealt with in the chapter. The second one discusses the challenges and opportunities associated with the application of robotics to A&F. The third section is the core of the chapter, presenting twenty case studies that showcase (mostly) mature applications of robotics in various agricultural and forestry domains. The case studies are not meant to be comprehensive but instead to give the reader a general overview of how robotics has been applied to A&F in the last 10 years. The fourth section concludes the chapter with a discussion on specific improvements to current technology and paths to commercialization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer handbook of robotics
EditorsBruno Siciliano, Oussama Khatib
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages1463-1492
Edition2
ISBN (Electronic)9783319325521
ISBN (Print)9783319325507
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Robotics

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    Bergerman, M., Billingsley, J., Reid, J., & van Henten, E. J. (2016). Robotics in agriculture and forestry. In B. Siciliano, & O. Khatib (Eds.), Springer handbook of robotics (2 ed., pp. 1463-1492). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32552-1_56