Date: Wed Jul 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Tim Norris
The replacement of large manned machines with smaller autonomous machinery represents a paradigm shift that may lead to significant changes in the structure of agriculture. The implications of autonomous machinery could be profound and will most certainly encompass a variety of disciplines. As an economist, my goal is to assess the economic viability of performing agricultural field operations autonomously and provide engineers with valuable information regarding the development of intelligent controls necessary for implementation. This presentation will discuss results from evaluating an autonomous prototype developed at the University of Kentucky for grain crop production.
The Open Source, Robot Operating System (ROS), is used by the majority of robotic companies today. Open Source refers to something that can be modified because its design and software are publicly accessible. ROS Agriculture is creating an ecosystem of farmers and technologists to help facilitate the use of robots in Agriculture. With over 12 years of robotic development, field experience, and a worldwide user base, learn how you can leverage the power of ROS.
Robotics in ag can offer more than just labor savings; it offers the opportunity to completely re-imagine the way in which a farm is organized. One such re-imagination is "swarm-farming," using multiple, small autonomous machines instead of a single tractor, sprayer or harvester. Zack James, founder of Rabbit Tractors, will discuss how these fleets of multi-purposed robots can increase yield, decrease input costs and serve as the enabling technology for cutting edge application technologies as well as explain the major design constraints these tractors of the future must satisfy to be adopted.