The RECOARO project aims to apply advanced robot technologies to agricultural applications. The objective is to develop a modular reconfigurable robot (MRR) able to handle three of the most common operations in farming: crop inspection, spraying, and harvesting. The MRR system consists of a mobile base with a robotic arm composed of modular blocks that can be reconfigured in a variety of ways. The reconfigurability of the MRR system is exploited to perform these various operations with a single robot, thus reducing overall cost while offering highly specialized robotic systems for each application. Once the user has configured the system for the selected task, it runs a brief self-diagnostic to determine the combination of selected modules and will automatically design its optimized controller for the operation. Moreover, the system is expected to handle human-robot interactions for tasks in which shared control may be beneficial.

Project details

Project name: REconfigurable Collaborative Agri RObots [CUP I52F20000300005 ]

Project partners: Fraunhofer Italia Research Scarl e Libera Università di Bolzano

Duration: Q3 2020 – Q4 2022