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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-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 0

Participants (6)

RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 750 000
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 915 500
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 964 720
Address
Robert-bosch-platz 1
70839 Gerlingen-schillerhoehe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 457 650
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 366 750
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENZIA SERVIZI SETTORE AGROALIMENTARE MARCHE (ASSAM)
Italy
EU contribution
€ 106 250
Address
Via Dell Industria 1
60027 Osimo
Activity type
Research Organisations