Human-robot interaction in precision agriculture: Sharing the workspace with service units

Fernando Auat Cheein, Daniel Herrera, Javier Gimenez, Ricardo Carelli, Miguel Torres-Torriti, Joan R. Rosell-Polo, Alexandre Escolà, Jaume Arnò

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Currently, Chile and Argentina experience serious challenges that affect their agricultural productivity. For example, in Chile, the loss of farmable field due to recent earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions as well as the loss of water reserves due to climate changes are affecting the agriculture. Additionally, both countries are facing a same problem: the loss of human labor force. Field workers are migrating from the farm to other fields in the industry which offer them more stable and more profitable jobs (like the mining industry in Chile, or car assembling lines in Argentina). In this adverse scenario, it becomes necessary to introduce and develop agricultural automation and sensing technologies for both primary (harvesting, seeding, fertilizing, spraying) and secondary tasks (grove supervision, weed detection, hauling, mowing). However, fully robotized farms are not yet a possibility since the transition from human labor force dependent farming to autonomous farming needs to be smooth and requires legal regulation not yet in discussion. In this paper, we summarize the state of the art in human-robot interaction in farmable fields, with emphasis in the current constrains associated with flexible automatization of farms in Argentina and Chile. In particular, we introduce the guidelines for designing a humanrobot interaction strategy for harvesting tasks, that could be used for other agricultural tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781479978007
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2015
Event2015 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology - Seville, Spain
Duration: 17 Mar 201519 Mar 2015


Conference2015 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology
Abbreviated titleICIT 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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