Colliaux, D., Macé, A. and Hanappe, P. LettuceThink: An open and versatile robotic platform for weeding and crop monitoring on microfarms. Montpellier, France, July 2017 European conference dedicated to the future use of ICT in the agri-food sector, bioresource and biomass sector (EFITA) - Best poster award

Sony CSL authors: David Colliaux, Peter Hanappe, Aurèle Macé

Abstract

A recent trend in Europe has brought young farmers to settle on small surfaces, for example with vegetable crops. A major challenge on such microfarms is to overcome the workload as the small surfaces are usually compensated for by using intensive culture techniques that require a large amount of manual work. The traditional machines that are used in agriculture are usually optimized for speed and power and not adapted to dense cultures. The LettuceThink platform is a lightweight wheeled robot equipped with precision sensors and actuators controlled with open source software. Below, we present algorithms for two applications relevant to market farms. The weeding of crop beds is the task that demands a lot of work and it is thus the first application that we wish to demonstrate. As a second application, we present the precise characterization of plant growth and plant structure, which provides useful information to prevent the spread of diseases and to plan harvests.

Keywords: Sustainability, LettuceThink, robotics

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@INPROCEEDINGS { colliaux:17a, ADDRESS="Montpellier, France", AUTHOR="Colliaux, D. and Macé, A. and Hanappe, P.", MONTH="July", NOTE="- Best poster award", ORGANIZATION="European conference dedicated to the future use of ICT in the agri-food sector, bioresource and biomass sector (EFITA)", TITLE="LettuceThink: An open and versatile robotic platform for weeding and crop monitoring on microfarms", YEAR="2017", }