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Comprehensive Automaton for Specialty Crops: Year 1 results and lessons learned

Sanjiv Singh, Marcel Bergerman, Jillian Cannons, Benjamin P. Grocholsky, Bradley Hamner, German Holguin, Larry Hull, Vincent Jones, George A. Kantor, Harvey Koselka, Guiqin Li, James Owen, Johnny Park, Wenfan Shi and James Teza
Journal Article, Carnegie Mellon University, Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics, July, 2010

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Comprehensive Automation for Specialty Crops is a project focused on the needs of the specialty crops sector, with a focus on apples and nursery trees. The project’s main thrusts are the integration of robotics technology and plant science; understanding and overcoming socio-economic barriers to technology adoption; and making the results available to growers and stakeholders through a nationwide outreach program. In this article, we present the results obtained and lessons learned in the first year of the project with a reconfigurable mobility infrastructure for autonomous farm driving. We then present sensor systems developed to enable three real-world agricultural applications—insect monitoring, crop load scouting, and caliper measurement—and discuss how they can be deployed autonomously to yield increased production efficiency and reduced labor costs.

BibTeX Reference
title = {Comprehensive Automaton for Specialty Crops: Year 1 results and lessons learned},
author = {Sanjiv Singh and Marcel Bergerman and Jillian Cannons and Benjamin P. Grocholsky and Bradley Hamner and German Holguin and Larry Hull and Vincent Jones and George A. Kantor and Harvey Koselka and Guiqin Li and James Owen and Johnny Park and Wenfan Shi and James Teza},
booktitle = {Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics},
school = {Robotics Institute , Carnegie Mellon University},
month = {July},
year = {2010},
address = {Pittsburgh, PA},