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Aerial Data Collection and Analysis, and Automated Ground Intervention for Precision Farming

Objective

To feed a growing world population with the given amount of available farmland, we must develop new methods of sustainable farming that increase yield while reducing reliance on herbicides and pesticides. Precision agricultural techniques seek to address this challenge by monitoring key indicators of crop health and targeting treatment only to plants that need it. This is a time consuming and expensive activity and while there has been great progress on autonomous farm robots, most systems have been developed to solve only specialized tasks. This lack of flexibility poses a high risk of no return on investment for farmers. The goal of the Flourish project is to bridge the gap between the current and desired capabilities of agricultural robots by developing an adaptable robotic solution for precision farming. By combining the aerial survey capabilities of a small autonomous multi-copter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with a multi-purpose agricultural Unmanned Ground Vehicle, the system will be able to survey a field from the air, perform targeted intervention on the ground, and provide detailed information for decision support, all with minimal user intervention. The system can be adapted to a wide range of crops by choosing different sensors and ground treatment packages. This development requires improvements in technological abilities for safe accurate navigation within farms, coordinated multi-robot mission planning that enables large field survey even with short UAV flight times, multispectral three-dimensional mapping with high temporal and spatial resolution, ground intervention tools and techniques, data analysis tools for crop monitoring and weed detection and user interface design to support agricultural decision making. As these aspects are addressed in Flourish, the project will unlock new prospects for commercial agricultural robotics in the near future.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014

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Sub call

H2020-ICT-2014-1

Coordinator

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
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€ 0,00
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Switzerland

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 219 177,50

Participants (7)

RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 750 000,00
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Bonn, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 915 500,00
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 964 720,00
Address
Robert-bosch-platz 1
70839 Gerlingen-schillerhoehe

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Ludwigsburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 392 400,00
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

GEORGIA TECH LORRAINE ASSOCIATION
France
Net EU contribution
€ 65 250,00
Address
Rue Marconi 2
57070 Metz

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Grand Est Lorraine Moselle
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 366 750,00
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma

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Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
AGENZIA SERVIZI SETTORE AGROALIMENTARE MARCHE (ASSAM)
Italy
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€ 106 250,00
Address
Via Dell Industria 1
60027 Osimo

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Centro (IT) Marche Ancona
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00