Iowa State Researching Use of Robotics in Agriculture

Published by , March 27, 2017 10:51 am

(IowaStateUniversity)  A team of Iowa State researchers has been awarded funding to study the use of robotics in agriculture. The project is entitled “National Robotics Initiative: Saliency driven Robotic Network for Spatio-temporal Plant Phenotyping” and funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Robotics Initiative.
The project aims to assist farmers by utilizing robotic components in the field. “The project involves developing a holistic framework for communication, control and motion planning for robotic swarms deployed in agricultural fields for gathering data,” said mechanical engineering assistant professor and Co-PI Sourabh Bhattacharya, “Guided by advanced learning and inference techniques, the robots will compete with each other in the field to acquire the most salient data relevant to plant phenotyping. In the long run, this data will help breeders to identify the characteristic traits of several diseases in soybean plants.”