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Robotics 2013, 2(4), 203-216; doi:10.3390/robotics2040203

A Test Platform for Planned Field Operations Using LEGO Mindstorms NXT

Department of Engineering, University of Aarhus, Blichers Allé 20, Tjele 8830, Denmark
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Received: 25 September 2013 / Revised: 15 November 2013 / Accepted: 19 November 2013 / Published: 27 November 2013
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Abstract

Testing agricultural operations and management practices associated with different machinery, systems and planning approaches can be both costly and time-consuming. Computer simulations of such systems are used for development and testing; however, to gain the experience of real-world performance, an intermediate step between simulation and full-scale testing should be included. In this paper, a potential common framework using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT micro-tractor platform is described in terms of its hardware and software components. The performance of the platform is demonstrated and tested in terms of its capability of supporting decision making on infield operation planning. The proposed system represents the basic measures for developing a complete test platform for field operations, where route plans, mission plans, multiple-machinery cooperation strategies and machinery coordination can be executed and tested in the laboratory.
Keywords: field robots; indoor simulation; micro-tractor; operations management; area coverage field robots; indoor simulation; micro-tractor; operations management; area coverage
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Edwards, G.; Christiansen, M.P.; Bochtis, D.D.; Sørensen, C.G. A Test Platform for Planned Field Operations Using LEGO Mindstorms NXT. Robotics 2013, 2, 203-216.

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