Special Issue "Towards Artificially Intelligent Robotics for Agriculture – Current Developments and New Trends"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 March 2021) | Viewed by 41222
Interests: agriculture; actuators; precision agriculture; automation & robotics; mechatronics
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Feeding the growing world population with limited natural resources is an exceptional challenge to humanity, the solution of which will certainly require a lot of initiative. More specifically, experts broadly believe that to overcome this issue, we have to adopt smarter farming methods and build more sustainable food production systems while preserving the environment and health.
The mechanization of agriculture tasks has helped in improving some agricultural processes, while automation and robotization have assisted in optimizing crop management practices and reducing chemicals. Currently, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is helping farmers to understand data to improve process efficiency and diminish negative environmental impacts. The undeniable next stage, where many researchers are focusing their efforts, will be the integration of AI and robotics to build artificially intelligent robots capable of seeding following the rules of precision agriculture, minimizing pesticide usage, optimizing weed management by minimizing or eliminating herbicide usage, reducing soil compaction by optimizing the mechanical traffic, optimizing crops by monitoring crops and soil health, harvesting at the right time by analyzing ripe status, improving the quality of product using soft grippers, etc.
Furthermore, we can take advantage of forecasted weather data available in the cloud and leveraging the latest advances in deep learning algorithms, big data methods, and cloud computing techniques.
To compile the current status and new trends on artificially intelligent robotics, this Special Issue of Agronomy welcomes articles related, but not limited, to:
- Autonomous ground vehicles for agriculture;
- Autonomous aerial vehicles for agriculture;
- Automatic and intelligent implements;
- Manipulation: harvesting, soft manipulation, dual-arm manipulators;
- Artificial perception for agriculture;
- ICT for agriculture: IoT, cloud computing, and big data;
- Artificial intelligence for agriculture.
Any specific application of these topics in agriculture will also be a valuable contribution to this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. Pablo Gonzalez-de-Santos
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