[visionlist] CFP: IROS 2017 Workshop on Agricultural Robotics: learning from Industry 4.0 and moving into the future



Workshop on Agricultural Robotics: learning from Industry 4.0 and moving into the future

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

IROS 2017 Vancouver, Canada





Agriculture provides humans with food and raw materials although with a large impact on the environment. Precision farming is a promising pathway to increase the sustainability of farming by increasing farm profitability, reducing manual labor, and reducing environmental impact. In particular, it is expected that robotized precision farming solutions allowing high precision targeted interventions will increase yield and create a more viable ecological solution. Whilst robotics is moving out of the labs into industrial settings, many recent advances in robotics have not yet found their way into the agricultural domain. Agriculture demands high levels of intelligence, mobility, autonomy, manipulation and robustness. While subsets of those characteristics have been targeted by the industrial-, field- and space-robotics communities no all-encompassing solutions have yet been reported. The successes of intelligent robots in semi-structured and semi-controlled industrial settings give rise to optimism about robots working in uncontrolled agricultural environments.

Learning from Industry 4.0, agricultural robots will need to employ attributes such as modularity, cyber-physical capabilities, decentralized decision making and Internet of Things (IoT) implementations, which also comprise the key features of the ongoing 4th industrial revolution.


This workshop aims at stimulating discussion towards addressing requirements of agricultural robotics systems, learning from the experiences of industrial robotics and emphasizing on the needed future steps and research directions for the envisioned future farming.


We warmly welcome contributions in two formats: papers which will be presented over a poster session during the workshop, and discussion questions. All papers will undergo a peer review process by the organizing committee. The accepted papers will be archived in an online proceedings (with doi) for future reference. Discussion questions are short questions that will be directed to the panel of invited speakers during the workshop, to trigger further discussions.


** TOPICS (non inclusive) **


Robotized precision farming.

Farming sustainability, profitability and viable ecological solution.

Repurposing of industrial-, field- and space-robots for agriculture.

Analogies between Industry 4.0 and agricultural applications.

Modular structured agricultural systems.

Cyber-physical system agricultural production monitoring.

Decentralized decision and computation for agricultural applications.

Internet of Things on agriculture sensoring devices.

Novel perception for agricultural robots including passive and active methods.

Long-term autonomy and navigation in unstructured environments.

Adaptive sampling and informative data collection.

Deployment strategies and user interfaces for end-users.




Prof. Qin Zhang, Washington State University, USA

Dr. David Michael Ball, Bosch Deepfield Robotics, Germany

Prof. Volker Krüger, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Jim Ostrowski, Blue River Technology, USA





31 Jul 2017 Paper submission deadline

14 Aug 2017 Notification of acceptance


Discussion Questions:

14 Sep 2017 Discussion question submission deadline




Tsampikos Kounalakis, Aalborg University, Denmark

Frits van Evert, Wageningen University, Netherlands

David Michael Ball, Robert Bosch Startup Deepfield Robotics, Germany

Gert Kootstra, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Lazaros Nalpantidis, Aalborg University, Denmark


CONTACT: agrob2017@easychair.org

MORE INFO: http://ift.tt/2rIoQKI



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s