Special Issue "Agricultural Robots"
A special issue of Robotics (ISSN 2218-6581).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2013)
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Muscato (Website)
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica Elettronica e Informatica, University of Catania, Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125 Catania (CT), Italy
Fax: +39 095 330793
Interests: robotic in agriculture; service robots; field robots; climbing robots; telerobotics; unmanned aerial vehicles
Dr. Domenico Longo (Website)
Dipartimento di Gestione dei Sistemi Agroalimentari e Ambientali (DiGeSA), University of Catania, Via S. Sofia 100, 95123 Catania (CT), Italy
Interests: robotic in agriculture; service robots; climbing robots; unmanned aerial vehicles; computer vision; automation in agriculture
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
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