Semi-Autonomous Vineyard Spraying Agricultural Robot (SAVSAR)

Short name: SAVSAR

Programme: Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship
Sub-programme: Agreement on Bilateral Cooperation in Private Sector, Industrial Research and Development
Call/Action: Greece - Israel Call for Proposals for Joint R&D Projects
Start Date: 01/07/2014
End Date: 31/09/2015 (15 Months)
HOU Coordinator: Michalis Xenos, Professor HOU


This project aims to contribute to the penetration of agricultural robots into commercial markets by further developing a teleoperated robot, which was implemented in a previous project (AgriRobot). The main idea of this project is to combine the two existing directions (fully automated and teleoperated robot) in order to design, develop, test and evaluate a Semi-Autonomous Vineyard Spraying Agricultural Robot (SAVSAR). The SAVSAR will have three operation modes: 1. Autonomous: in this mode it will be programmed to conduct tasks in an automatic way (e.g. micro-spray grapes which have been selected and targeted automatically through image recognition algorithms), 2. Teleoperated: in this mode the robot is controlled through an appropriated-designed Human Robot Interface and 3. Mixed, in which the SAVSAR will be working autonomously until it meets a situation in which human intervention is required, as decided either by the human operator or by the decision support system programmed in the SAVSAR. By taking advantage of the human perception skills and the robot's accuracy and consistency, a combined human-robotic system can result in improved performance and create a simplified, flexible, and robust system.

Role of the HOU: The Hellenic Open University participates in the project with a team experienced in both Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research and expertise. The HOU team is mainly responsible to guide the design and evaluation of the user interface of the semi-autonomous robot in order to meet specific usability objectives. In addition, the HOU team will participate in the formulation of the robotic platform specifications, and in project dissemination and exploitation.


Team:

  • Talent Information Systems S.A. (Greece)
  • Hellenic Open University (Greece)
  • RoboLogics, Ltd. (Israel)
  • Ben-Gurion University (Israel)
  • Agricultural Research Institute (Cyprus)
  • Open University of Cyprus (Cyprus)