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ROBOT FLEETS FOR HIGHLY EFFECTIVE AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY MANAGEMENT

Objective

In the last two decades, a precise management of agricultural land has been made possible due to the availability of new technologies, including global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), sensors, automation of agricultural machinery, and high resolution image sensing. As a result, the concept of Precision Agriculture has emerged as the management strategy that uses information technologies to collect and process data from multiple sources in order to facilitate decisions associated with crop production. Moreover, the EU’s sixth environmental action programme addresses the need to encourage farmers to change their use of plant protection products’ .
RHEA is focused on the design, development, and testing of a new generation of automatic and robotic systems for both chemical and physical –mechanical and thermal– effective weed management focused on both agriculture and forestry, and covering a large variety of European products including agriculture wide row crops (processing tomato, maize, strawberry, sunflower and cotton), close row crops (winter wheat and winter barley) and forestry woody perennials (walnut trees, almond trees, olive groves and multipurpose open woodland).
RHEA aims at diminishing the use of agricultural chemical inputs in a 75%, improving crop quality, health and safety for humans, and reducing production costs by means of sustainable crop management using a fleet of small, heterogeneous robots –ground and aerial– equipped with advanced sensors, enhanced end-effectors and improved decision control algorithms. RHEA can be considered as a cooperative robotic system, falling within an emerging area of research and technology with a large number of applications as reported by the FP6 Network of Excellence EURON, Special Interest Group on Cooperative Robotics, funded by the European Commission.
RHEA will be a unique opportunity to gather a very large number of multidisciplinary research groups with adequate funds to accomplish an authentic step forward in applying precision agriculture techniques in a massive way.
This consortium joints a number of multidisciplinary, experienced researchers capable of improving individual scientific knowledge, but a large cooperation project is demanded to sum up the individual efforts in a holistic manner. The success of RHEA could bring a new means of applying automatic systems to agriculture and forestry crops with an important impact in improving the economy and environment as well as in maintaining the sustainability of rural areas by launching new technological jobs.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-LARGE-3
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Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 398 455,05
Administrative Contact
Ana Maria De La Fuente (Ms.)

Participants (14)

COGVIS SOFTWARE UND CONSULTING GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 321 464
Address
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 17 3 A
1040 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Brandstoetter (Mr.)
FTW FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM TELEKOMMUNIKATION WIEN GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 424 049,50
Address
Donau City Strasse 1/3
1220 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sue Ivan (Ms.)
CYBERBOTICS SARL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 499 740
Address
Epfl Innovation Park, Building C
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Michel (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 352 098,20
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrea Peruzzi (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 373 344
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maribel Rodríguez Villa (Ms.)
Tropical S.A.
Greece
EU contribution
€ 310 881
Address
Kifissou Avenue 98
12132 Athens, Peristeri
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
George Kaplanis (Mr.)
SOLUCIONES AGRICOLAS DE PRECISION S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 372 363,75
Address
Avenida Menendez Pidal
14004 Cordoba
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacob Carballido Del Rey (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 545 939,70
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roberto Prieto (Prof.)
AIRROBOT GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 425 100
Address
Werler Strasse 4
59755 Arnsberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Burkhard Wiggerich (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 257 228
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Vieri (Prof.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET L'AGRICULTURE
France
EU contribution
€ 360 001
Address
Rue Pierre Gilles De Gennes 1
92761 Antony Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gilles Rabatel (Dr.)
CNH INDUSTRIAL BELGIUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 339 010,80
Address
Leon Claeysstraat 3 A
8210 Zedelgem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bart Missotten (Dr.)
BLUEBOTICS SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 374 850
Address
Parc Scientifique De L Epfl
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicola Tomatis (Dr.)
C.M. SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 244 761
Address
Corso Garibaldi 32
80142 Napoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gennaro Petillo (Mr.)