This paper focuses on the development of a small scale agricultural robotic platform with advantages over the current agricultural phenotyping platforms that lack the size-scale and sensor resolution needed to study hard to reach under-canopy row crops. The AgBug utilizes a sensor suite consisting of a LiDAR and RGB camera for crop monitoring on a 12″ × 9″ footprint platform. The main challenge for this platform design is not only its compact size and portability, but its ability to navigate and obtain geo-referenced and time-tagged data in the GNSS-denied environment that exists under the crop canopy. Read more.
R. Manish, Z. An, A. Habib, M. Tuinstra, D. Cappelleri (2021). AgBug: Agricultural Robotic Platform for In-row and Under Canopy Crop Monitoring and Assessment.
Published in Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE).