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RObotics for MIcrofarms

Objetivo

All over Europe, young farmers are starting small market farms. These farms can be found both in rural, peri-urban and urban areas. They grow a large variety of crops (up to 100 different varieties of vegetables per year) on small surfaces (0.01 to 5 ha) using organic farming practices. These farms have proven to be highly productive, sustainable and economically viable. But, a lot of work is done manually, resulting in physically challenging work conditions.

ROMI will develop an open and lightweight robotics platform for these microfarms. We will assist these farms in weed reduction and crop monitoring. This will reduce manual labour and increase the productivity. Thanks to ROMI’s weeding robot, farmers will save 25% of their time. This land robot will also acquire detailed information on sample plants and will be coupled with a drone that acquires more global information at crop level. Together, they will produce an integrated, multi-scale picture of the crop development that will help the farmer monitor the crops to increase efficient harvesting. For this, ROMI will have to adapt and extend state-of-the-art land-based and air-borne monitoring tools to handle small fields with complex layouts and mixed crops.

To achieve this, we will: (i) develop and bring to the market an affordable, multi-purpose, land-based robot, (ii) develop a weeding app for this robot that is adapted for organic microfarms, (iii) apply advanced 3D plant analysis and modelling techniques to in-field data acquisition, (iv) integrate these analysis techniques in the robot for detailed plant monitoring, (iv) integrate these techniques also in the aerial drone N-E-R-O for multi-scale crop monitoring, (v) extend the robot with novel, adaptive learning techniques to improve sensorimotor control of the plant monitoring app, and (vii) test the effectiveness of our solution in real-world field conditions.

A spin-off will be created to bring the robot and the drone to the market of micro-farms.

Convocatoria de propuestas

H2020-SFS-2017-1
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Coordinador

INSTITUT D'ARQUITECTURA AVANCADA DE CATALUNYA
Dirección
Carrer Pujades 102
08005 Barcelona
España
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
Aportación de la UE
€ 653 625

Participantes (7)

SONY EUROPE BV
Países Bajos
Aportación de la UE
€ 877 987,49
Dirección
Taurusavenue 16
2132 LS Hoofddorp
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRANCE EUROPE INNOVATION SAS
Francia
Aportación de la UE
€ 200 005
Dirección
235 Rue Du Faubourg Saint Honore
75008 Paris
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
Francia
Aportación de la UE
€ 641 125
Dirección
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Francia
Aportación de la UE
€ 487 281,25
Dirección
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Tipo de actividad
Other
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Alemania
Aportación de la UE
€ 679 505
Dirección
Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SCEA PEPINIERES CHATELAIN

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Francia
Aportación de la UE
€ 94 135,63
Dirección
50 Route De Roissy
95500 Le Thillay
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SCEA CHATELAIN MARAICHAGE
Francia
Aportación de la UE
€ 234 521,88
Dirección
50 Rte De Roissy
95500 Le Thillay
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)