Coordination of ICT and Robotics in Agriculture and Related Environmental Issues

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Application of WFC+UWD in horticulture
The project aims towards the implementation Wide Frame Carrier (gantry-system machine) in combination with system of Underground Watering Dishes (WFC + UWD) into the horticulture. A general kinematics for designing walking mover of WFC was developed. WFC capable of stepping precisely by UWD and of self-acting motion along and across the field without headlands. Generally implementation of such machines will allow to producers of vegetables to get out of hard monotonous manual labor on small (to 3 hectares) areas. WFC+UWD is effective at hillside fields, because UWD may be used as a barrier for microterracing.
Contact: Lyubarsky Anatoly See info
Master Management Systems for agriculture, forestry, horticulture and aquaculture.
Wing Consult has developed an Internet-based (browser structure) special Master Management System - MMS-Agri™ etc. for agriculture, forestry and horticulture, which is user-friendly and easy to access by all members of staff a. o. through a selective login structure as well as MMS-Aqua™ for aquaculture. The MMS-Agri™ etc. and MMS-Aqua™ have a built-in mechanism that minimizes the number of inevitable malfunctions. Finally, a good quality, environmental and food safety management systems like the MMS-Agri™ etc. and MMS-Aqua™ secure control thanks to their flow diagrams and routines that are customized to each farmer’s special conditions. Wing Consult is looking for partners from funding countries in order to fullfil the eligibility criteria for ICT-AGRI call for trans-national projects.
Contact: Claes Kjaer Mathiesen See info
"INTEGRA - Integrating and collecting data in livestock production management". Key words: quality control, advanced tec
"The proposal would be mainly focused on development of database in important livestock production management (such as italian Grana Padano cheese) starting from the existing database and/or dataset already used for technical assistance to farmers, for studbooks management and for checks on production line provided for industrial applications. Therefore software applications will be developed mainly aimed at statistical quality control by using advanced techniques also derived from time series statistics".
Contact: Andrea Galli See info
Monitoring temporal and spatial variation change of humidity and salt in soil via wireless sensing networks and managi
Wireless Sensing Networks are new technologies which are on the front burner and can be applied in many areas these days. Data can be collected by using wireless sensing networks from environment interactively. This data is converted to information, evaluated collectively and made changes on it. Salinity in farmlands is an important problem that limits crop yields and affects the productivity of the land. Salinity causes toxicity and mineral nutritional disorders in plants. This ultimately leads to the ruin of the metabolism. As the result of this yield loss in the plant-based production happens and affects both country economy as well as producers’. In case of insufficient humidity in soil for ideal plant growth, the optimum efficiency is obtained by sprinkling. Particularly in arid and semi-arid climates, sprinkling more than the soil needs causes water table problems which mean salinity problems. Severeness of salinity and seasonal changes in salinity damage plants in different w
Contact: Murat AYDOGDU See info
Development of automated greenhouse experimental prototype
The goal of the project is development of a multi-robot system for automated greenhouse. The first step is development of a concept and building a small greenhouse model for purposes of the test-bed for a multi-robot system. The first prototype of the multi-robot system will consist of robots doing only one task (i.e. precision sprinkling). These robots will be managed by the multi-agent based management system. At the moment we are building similar system for vacuum cleaning robots in large areas. We are looking for partners willing to contribute in other areas of project.
Contact: Egons Lavendelis See info
"Dodich" - We save the life of the grape growers!
In the vineyards are made several pesticide treatments and the system is based on the use of a tractor. Modern technology offers significant opportunity to protect the operator but the grape producers are always a few meters away from sources of pesticide spraying and certainly they do not extend their life.Current technologies offer the ability to make autonomous vehicles in agriculture, but in fact are uncommon for excessive costs. The undersigned has developed an autonomous vehicle, in his own vineyard business, at a low cost.This vehicle can do the treatments in the vineyards and during this year the prototype will be tested. In 2012, operations will be developed to ensure that the preparation of mixtures of pesticides takes place automatically, so it will be possible to do the treatments with a simple command given via the web. (trought the web) The vehicle,after treatment, will be back at the base and reload to complete the work.
Contact: Giorgio Pantano See info
In-situ field lysimeters for optimizing water and nutrient use efficiency
Irrigation scheduling is the primary tool for improving water use efficiency while minimizing pollution. Lysimeters offer precise data on water fluxes and drainage water quality. The proposed technique utilizes hourly measurements of evapotranspiration from in-situ lysimeters. This tool increases water use efficiency while decreasing agrochemical use and soil contamination.
Contact: Effi Tripler See info
Intelligent Integrated Information Management Platform for Sustainable Crop and Livestock Production Systems
The project will develop and pilot test an intelligent integrated agricultural data resource, control and information monitoring solution prototype for the purpose of cost-optimization and management in crop and livestock farming sectors. The project addresses the incresing data management needs in farms and will provide effective access, storage and reuse of data across typical borders for advanced guidance and automation. The solution consists of a central information data pool, data and service interface, and client human machine inetrface. An ultimate goal of the project is the integration and standardization of heterogeneous data via new effective innovative solutions for overcoming today's challenges which includes information sources that are today scattered on different manufacturers' equipment, buildings, field, sensors and devices, and internet such as weather data, climate related data, field managent/VRT/GPS, process and building automation, reporting and documentation.
Contact: Robert Owusu See info
In this proposal we will investigate the automation of the spraying process in crops cultivation. More specifically, we will exploit cameras and other sensors embedded on-board an autonomous or semi-autonomous tractor, to gather information about the status of the field. This information will be processed by a knowledge-based intelligent information system, which will integrate it with previously acquired knowledge regarding the specific field and/or information gathered by the internet or other sources (e.g. meteorological broadcasts) to control the spraying parameters. Competences required: Experts in agriculture with emphasis on spraying of various crops; experts in instrumentation and media for agriculture; experts in tractor automation; experts in computer vision; experts in signal analysis; experts in decision support systems.
Contact: Prodromos Chatzoglou See info
Best available techniques in beef cattle rearing for dust, GHG and ammonia reduction: The “GHGreen beef Project”
The aim of the research is to assess and define adequate protocols for beef cattle production to lower particulate matter, ammonia and greenhouse gases emissions. These information could be used to define guidelines aimed at containing pollutants emissions from beef cattle farms.
Contact: Annamaria Costa See info
Customization and validation of Decision Support System (DSS) for weed control
A Danish DSS for weed control, which are already being customized for selected crops, weeds and conditions in Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Poland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Slovenia and China, is open for collaboration on further developments in existing collaborating countries (e.g. to include more crops, weeds, conditions, facilities) or to initiate customization of this DSS for new countries. Parts of this DSS may also be integrated with control units in tractor sprayers or with sensor systems that can monitor weed infestations.
Contact: Per Rydahl See info
ICT in large and small dairy systems
This multidisciplinary project seeks to integrate and extend existing state of the art technologies to ensure sustainable and responsible management of dairy units, with focus on cow health, milk quality and reduced emissions. Our technologies will monitor animals and environment, detect deviations from the normal state and either respond automatically to restore the normal state or issue an alert to husbandry staff.
Contact: Chris Knight See info
Development of a a portable sensor for the early detection of fungal infections
Develop a technical portable prototype based on a hyperspectral 2D imaging sensor that will detect the presence of pathogens in crops before they are actually visually seen allowing an early treatment in order to control disease spreading. This sensor is expected to be adapted by ad-hoc training and tuning algorithms to be adapted to different tissue pathologies.
Contact: Iker Bilbao See info