SPECULARIA

Project name: Structured Ecological CULtivation with Autonomous Robots In Agriculture
Project acronym: SPECULARIA
Dates: 01.06.2018 - 31.05.2023
Total budget: 1,794,905.62 HRK
Funding: Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ)
Project number: UIP-2017-05-4042
Website: http://specularia.fer.hr/


This project deals with concepts of compliant robot control, soft robotics, and heterogeneous robotic systems and utilizes them to help farmers in indoor organic agriculture.

The main goal is to develop a heterogeneous robotic system comprised of three agents: an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), and a compliant multi-degree-of-freedom manipulator. The UAV is equipped with a lightweight multi-degree-of-freedom manipulator carrying sensors for plant surveillance. The manipulator enables the UAV to fly outside the danger area, where its prop wash wind gust can damage the plant. The UGV is equipped with a mechanism that allows it to transport growth unit containers, which are the smallest organization unit within the farm, consisting of a single or variety of plants. The compliant manipulator’s task is to perform delicate handling of plants, such as flower and fruit manipulation, and plant pruning. Each robot has a specific set of abilities, but when put to work together, they can be applied to achieve versatile goals in an unstructured environment, which an indoor organic farm most certainly is.

UAV with manipulator for inspection

Compliant manipulator for plant treatment

UGV for container transport


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[^] Antun Ivanovic presented a paper at the ICUAS 2019 Conference Published 2019-06-16 at 15:30  ( Ivana Mikolić )
[^] Matko Orsag won a Young Scientist Award Published 2019-06-14 at 10:37  ( Anamarija Miličević )
[^] Specularia meeting with Agrivi Published 2019-04-26 at 14:57  ( Anamarija Miličević )
[^] The Future of Agriculture in the EU Published 2019-04-24 at 14:14  ( Anamarija Miličević )
[^] Asst. Prof. Matko Orsag at ZEC 2019 Published 2019-04-24 at 10:06  ( Anamarija Miličević ) Edited: 2019-04-26 at 10:01  (Anamarija Miličević)
[^] European Robotics Forum 2019 Published 2019-03-24 at 10:00  ( Anamarija Miličević ) Edited: 2019-04-04 at 13:26  (Anamarija Miličević)
[^] Specularia at a conference on agriculture in Čakovec Published 2019-03-08 at 14:31  ( Anamarija Miličević )
[^] A very successful charity event Published 2018-12-21 at 14:11  ( Anamarija Miličević )
[^] Christmas fund-raiser at our faculty Published 2018-12-13 at 09:13  ( Anamarija Miličević )
[^] Our new robot arm has arrived! Published 2018-11-14 at 13:22  ( Anamarija Miličević )
[^] We presented five new projects at a scientific symposium at UNIZG-FER Published 2018-10-19 at 17:00  ( Alan Vukić )
[^] New scientific project on ecological cultivation with autonomous robots in agriculture Published 2018-07-13 at 18:15  ( Ivana Mikolić )