Ridge-Tracking for Strawberry Harvesting Support Robot According to Farmer’s Behavior

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In Japan, the amount of agricultural production decreases year-by-year. Moreover, reduction in agricultural work population and increase of abandonment of cultivated land are major social issues. To overcome these issues, we have proposed a small agricultural robot “MY DONKEY®” which supports transportation of harvested crops and records the farm work of the user and crop yield in field map while moving closer to the user. In order to move in the furrowed field, it is necessary to detect ridges and furrows where the robot can move using robot-mounted sensors and follow the ridge while avoiding the ridges and crop rows. Furthermore, to realize smooth harvesting support, we propose a ridge-tracking control according to user’s behavior based on the recognition of the work contents of the user such as harvesting, loading of harvested crops to the robot, transportation, and movement. We propose the ridge-tracking control framework based on fuzzy set theory which can evaluate and integrate multiple situations and carry out experiments in strawberry farm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics
ISSN (Print)2511-1256
ISSN (Electronic)2511-1264

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


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