Special Issue "Agricultural Robots"


A special issue of Robotics (ISSN 2218-6581).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Muscato

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica Elettronica e Informatica, University of Catania, Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125 Catania (CT), Italy
Website: http://www.muscato.eu
Fax: +39 095 330793
Interests: robotic in agriculture; service robots; field robots; climbing robots; telerobotics; unmanned aerial vehicles
Guest Editor
Dr. Domenico Longo

Dipartimento di Gestione dei Sistemi Agroalimentari e Ambientali (DiGeSA), University of Catania, Via S. Sofia 100, 95123 Catania (CT), Italy
Website: http://www.digesa.unict.it
Interests: robotic in agriculture; service robots; climbing robots; unmanned aerial vehicles; computer vision; automation in agriculture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many research activities in the field of agricultural robotics started more than 20 years ago, but most of them were discontinued due to the high costs of implementation and the unsuccessful results. The agriculture environment is much less structured than the industrial and it is very difficult to adapt already available machines and techniques. In addition tasks are frequently performed outdoors, with difficult weather conditions. Recently due the decrease in the cost of sensors, computing equipment and many other robotic related technologies, many researchers have started new projects and proposed new applications of robots in agriculture. Moreover nowadays the rising costs of labor and new safety regulations make the adoption of robots in agriculture more convenient.

This special issue welcomes submissions concerning new theories and methods and innovative applications of robotics in agriculture. We particularly encourage papers with thorough experimental evaluation.

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Muscato
Dr. Domenico Longo
Guest Editors


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  • automated harvesting systems
  • autonomous navigation in the fields
  • robotics to automate agricultural operations such as mowing, pruning, seeding, spraying or thinning
  • impact of robots in the fields
  • innovative HMI for agricultural robotics
  • robots in forestry
  • new standards for agricultural robotics
  • UAV and RPAS for agricultural applications
  • cooperative robots in agriculture
  • methods for agricultural robots management
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    p. 207-234
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    Robotics 2014, 3(2), 207-234; doi:10.3390/robotics3020207
    Received: 20 September 2013 / Revised: 12 May 2014 / Accepted: 18 May 2014 / Published: 13 June 2014
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    p. 83-105
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    Robotics 2014, 3(1), 83-105; doi:10.3390/robotics3010083
    Received: 10 October 2013 / Revised: 20 February 2014 / Accepted: 6 March 2014 / Published: 20 March 2014
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    Robotics 2013, 2(4), 217-230; doi:10.3390/robotics2040217
    Received: 9 October 2013 / Revised: 19 November 2013 / Accepted: 21 November 2013 / Published: 2 December 2013
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