Intelligent Robot Learning Laboratory (IRL Lab) Bin-dog: An Intelligent In-Orchard Bin-Managing System

By: Zhaodong Wang and Matthew E. Taylor

The purpose of this project is to build an intelligent multi-robot system to manage the usage of bins for harvest work in orchard. It is involved with the auto navigation of robots in orchard environment and the cooperation with human pickers. The value of this multi-robot bin managing system is in realizing the autonomous work of robots in tough outdoor environment and improving the harvest efficiency for the agriculture work. [1]

[1] [pdf] Yawei Zhang, Yunxiang Ye, Zhaodong Wang, Matthew E. Taylor, Geoffrey A. Hollinger, and Qin Zhang. Intelligent In-Orchard Bin-Managing System for Tree Fruit Production. In Proceedings of the Robotics in Agriculture workshop (at ICRA), May 2015.
[Bibtex]
@inproceedings{2015ICRA-Zhang,
author={Yawei Zhang and Yunxiang Ye and Zhaodong Wang and Matthew E. Taylor and Geoffrey A. Hollinger and Qin Zhang},
title={{Intelligent In-Orchard Bin-Managing System for Tree Fruit Production}},
booktitle={{Proceedings of the Robotics in Agriculture workshop (at {ICRA})}},
month={May},
year={2015},
bib2html_pubtype={Refereed Workshop or Symposium},
abstract={The labor-intensive nature of harvest in the tree fruit industry makes it particularly sensitive to labor shortages. Technological innovation is thus critical in order to meet current demands without significantly increasing prices. This paper introduces a robotic system to help human workers during fruit harvest. A second-generation prototype is currently being built and simulation results demonstrate potential improvement in productivity.}
}

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