Control system design for an autonomous field watching-dog robot

Y. Nagasaka, Q. Zhang, Tony E Grift, Y. Knetani, N. Umeda, T. Kokuryu

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Abstract

To effectively and timely collect production related information to support precision farming decision-making, an autonomous watching-dog robot has been developed to collect field information automatically. This autonomous field watching-dog robot is equipped with a camera and a GPS receiver to find and locate unhealthy crop and/or weeds in the field. A SICK laser measurement system is used to guide the watching-dog robot traveling between the rows of crops autonomously using four independently driven and steered wheels. A magnetic compass was used to sense the direction all the sensors and wheel controllers are connected using CAN bus. This paper reports the control system development for performing autonomous field data collection using this field robot. Field tests will be conducted to verify the effectiveness of the control system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAutomation Technology for Off-road Equipment - Proceedings of the International Conference, ATOE 2004
EditorsQ. Zhang, M. Iida, A. Mizushima
Pages298-304
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
EventInternational Conference on Automation Technology for Off-road Equipment, ATOE 2004 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Oct 7 2004Oct 8 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Automation Technology for Off-road Equipment, ATOE 2004

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Automation Technology for Off-road Equipment, ATOE 2004
CountryJapan
CityKyoto
Period10/7/0410/8/04

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Keywords

  • Autonomous
  • Laser measurement system
  • Precision farming
  • Robot
  • Scouting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Nagasaka, Y., Zhang, Q., Grift, T. E., Knetani, Y., Umeda, N., & Kokuryu, T. (2004). Control system design for an autonomous field watching-dog robot. In Q. Zhang, M. Iida, & A. Mizushima (Eds.), Automation Technology for Off-road Equipment - Proceedings of the International Conference, ATOE 2004 (pp. 298-304). [08D] (Proceedings of the International Conference on Automation Technology for Off-road Equipment, ATOE 2004).