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A Collaborative Paradigm for Human Workers and Multi-Robot Teams in Precision Agriculture Systems

Objective

In CANOPIES, our goal is to develop a novel collaborative human-robot paradigm addressing the challenges of Human Robot Interaction and Human-Robot Collaboration in the unstructured highly dynamic outdoor environment of permanent crop farming (Agri-Food Area). Our approach will be demonstrated through an integrated system composed by farming robots and logistics robots with a real-world validation of two economically relevant agronomic operations within a table-grape vineyard: harvesting and pruning. CANOPIES represents the first attempt to introduce a collaborative paradigm in the field of precision agriculture for permanent crops where farmworkers can efficiently work together with teams of robots to perform agronomic interventions, like harvesting or pruning in table-grape vineyards. Both operations require complex processes of perception, communication, shared planning in agreement, prediction of human intentions, interaction and action. But also, both agronomic operations should be done in real life conditions, that is, in changing illumination and cast shadows, changing agronomic situations, where the vine branches or grapes can make it difficult to harvest or prune in a safe manner, due to the robot physical proximity to the human, while operating in real time. CANOPIES ambition will be achieved by introducing: i) novel human-robot interaction methodologies for enhanced safety and coexistence, ii) novel human-robot collaboration methodologies for increased system adaptability and intuitive usability; iii) novel multi-robot coordination methodologies for improved scalability. CANOPIES impact will contribute to filling the current gap in the development of fully autonomous robotic solutions for permanent crops by introducing a novel concept of farming robots, where we leverage an effective interaction with the human workers to mitigate the greater complexity of permanent crops as compared with field crops.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/viticulture

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE
Address
Via Ostiense 159
00154 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 910 960

Participants (9)

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 883 125
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 741 888,75
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 765 830
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CASSINO E DEL LAZIO MERIDIONALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 739 375
Address
Viale Dell Universita - Campus Folcara
03043 Cassino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 886 198,75
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Activity type
Research Organisations
PALEBLUE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 797 812,50
Address
Lagerveien 1
4033 Stavanger
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PAL ROBOTICS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 847 500
Address
Calle Pujades 77 79 4O 4A
08005 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGRIMESSINA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 132 500
Address
Sp 240 Km 13600 Snc
70018 Rutigliano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOCIETA ROMANA SERVIZI AMMINISTRATIVI A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 199 750
Address
Via Reno 21
00198 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)