Integrating Autonomous Aerial Scouting with Autonomous Ground Actuation to Reduce Chemical Pollution on Crop Soil

Conesa Muñoz, Jesús and Pereira Valente, Joao Ricardo and Cerro Giner, Jaime Del and Barrientos Cruz, Antonio and Ribeiro Seijas, Ángela (2015). Integrating Autonomous Aerial Scouting with Autonomous Ground Actuation to Reduce Chemical Pollution on Crop Soil. In: "ROBOT'2015: Second Iberian Robotics Conference", November 19-21, 2015, Lisboa (Portugal). ISBN 978-3-319-27148-4 Online ISBN: 978-3-319-27149-1. pp. 41-53. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27149-1_4.

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Title: Integrating Autonomous Aerial Scouting with Autonomous Ground Actuation to Reduce Chemical Pollution on Crop Soil
Author/s:
  • Conesa Muñoz, Jesús
  • Pereira Valente, Joao Ricardo
  • Cerro Giner, Jaime Del
  • Barrientos Cruz, Antonio
  • Ribeiro Seijas, Ángela
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: ROBOT'2015: Second Iberian Robotics Conference
Event Dates: November 19-21, 2015
Event Location: Lisboa (Portugal)
Title of Book: ROBOT 2015: Second Iberian Robotics Conference. Advances in Robotics
Date: 2015
ISBN: 978-3-319-27148-4 Online ISBN: 978-3-319-27149-1
Volume: 2
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: collaborative inspection and intervention mission, aerial and ground fleet, autonomous fleet, site-specific weed treatment, precision agriculture
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Department: Automática, Ingeniería Eléctrica y Electrónica e Informática Industrial
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Many environmental problems cover large areas, often in rough terrain constrained by natural obstacles, which makes intervention difficult. New technologies, such as unmanned aerial units, may help to address this is-sue. Due to their suitability to access and easily cover large areas, unmanned aerial units may be used to inspect the terrain and make a first assessment of the affected areas; however, these platforms do not currently have the capability to implement intervention. This paper proposes integrating autonomous aerial inspection with ground intervention to address environmental problems. Aerial units may be used to easily obtain relevant data about the environment, and ground units may use this information to perform the intervention more efficiently. Furthermore, an overall system to manage these combined missions, com-posed of aerial inspections and ground interventions performed by autonomous robots, is proposed and implemented. The approach was tested on an agricultural scenario, in which the weeds in a crop had to be killed by spraying herbicide on them. The scenario was ad-dressed using a real mixed fleet composed of drones and tractors. The drones were used to inspect the field and to detect weeds and to provide the tractors the exact coordinates to only spray the weeds. This aerial and ground mission col-laboration saved a large amount of herbicide, significantly reducing the envi-ronmental pollution and the treatment cost.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
FP7245986RHEACSICRobot Fleets for Highly Effective Crop Management in Mediterranean Agriculture

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Item ID: 43226
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/43226/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:43226
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-27149-1_4
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 02 Sep 2016 06:37
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2017 18:01
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