Workshop on Agricultural Robotics: learning from Industry 4.0 and moving into the future

  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
  • IROS 2017 Vancouver, Canada
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Introduction and objectives

Agriculture provides humans with food and raw materials although with a large impact on the environment. Precision farming is a promising pathway to increase the sustainability of farming by increasing farm profitability, reducing manual labor, and reducing environmental impact. In particular, it is expected that robotized precision farming solutions allowing high precision targeted interventions will increase yield and create a more viable ecological solution. Whilst robotics is moving out of the labs into industrial settings, many recent advances in robotics have not yet found their way into the agricultural domain. Agriculture demands high levels of intelligence, mobility, autonomy, manipulation and robustness. While subsets of those characteristics have been targeted by the industrial-, field- and space-robotics communities no all-encompassing solutions have yet been reported. The successes of intelligent robots in semi-structured and semi-controlled industrial settings give rise to optimism about robots working in uncontrolled agricultural environments.

Learning from Industry 4.0, agricultural robots will need to employ attributes such as modularity, cyber-physical capabilities, decentralized decision making and Internet of Things (IoT) implementations, which also comprise the key features of the ongoing 4th industrial revolution.

This workshop aims at stimulating discussion towards addressing requirements of agricultural robotics systems, learning from the experiences of industrial robotics and emphasizing on the needed future steps and research directions for the envisioned future farming.

We warmly welcome contributions in two formats: papers which will be presented over a poster session during the workshop, and discussion questions. All papers will undergo a peer review process by the organizing committee. Accepted papers will be available online. Discussion questions are short questions that will be directed to the panel of invited speakers during the workshop, to trigger further discussions.

Topics (non inclusive)

  • Robotized precision farming.
  • Farming sustainability, profitability and viable ecological solution.
  • Repurposing of industrial-, field- and space-robots for agriculture.
  • Analogies between Industry 4.0 and agricultural applications.
  • Modular structured agricultural systems.
  • Cyber-physical system agricultural production monitoring.
  • Decentralized decision and computation for agricultural applications.
  • Internet of Things on agriculture sensoring devices.
  • Novel perception for agricultural robots including passive and active methods.
  • Long-term autonomy and navigation in     unstructured environments.
  • Adaptive sampling and informative data collection.
  • Deployment strategies and user interfaces for end-users.

Key dates


  • 31 Jul 2017 Paper submission deadline
  • 14 Aug 2017 Notification of acceptance

Discussion Questions:

  • 14 Sep 2017 Discussion question submission deadline