CROPS EU-project

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Clever Robots for Crops

Intelligent sensing and manipulation for sustainable production and harvesting of high value crops

Welcome to the homepage of Crops. Crops is a large-scale integrating FP7 EU project in the theme Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies within the call: Automation and robotics for sustainable crop and forestry management.

CROPS will develop scientific know-how for a highly configurable, modular and clever carrier platform that includes modular parallel manipulators and intelligent tools (sensors, algorithms, sprayers, grippers) that can be easily installed onto the carrier and are capable of adapting to new tasks and conditions. Several technological demonstrators will be developed for high value crops like greenhouse vegetables, fruits in orchards, and grapes for premium wines. The CROPS robotic platform will be capable of site-specific spraying (targets spray only towards foliage and selective targets) and selective harvesting of fruit (detects the fruit, determines its ripeness, moves towards the fruit, grasps it and softly detaches it). Another objective of CROPS is to develop techniques for reliable detection and classification of obstacles and other objects to enable successful autonomous navigation and operation in plantations and forests. The agricultural and forestry applications share many research areas, primarily regarding sensing and learning capabilities.

The project started in october 2010 and will run for 48 month.

In spring 2013 the first experiments of selective spraying of diseases in grapevine were carried out with the manipulator (article includes video clip).

Target spraying in the greenhouse

Find here some laboratory videos of the first manipulator prototype:

Video manipulator harvesting in the lab

 

Below a photo of the CROPS manipulator with gripper in a sweet-pepper crop:

Prototype of the CROPS manipulator with gripper in a sweet-pepper crop

Download the CROPS overview poster (PDF, 510 kB).

 


 


The CROPS project is subsidized by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme (CROPS GA no 246252).

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