The following webinar from the IEEE RAS technical committee on Agricultural Robotics and Automation may be of interest. More details on the technical committee, and its relationship to NAPPN’s robotics affinity group and how to join, are available here:

Francisco Rovira-Más from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and Agricultural Robotics Laboratory in Valencia, Spain will present a webinar on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 2:00pm/14:00 CET (UTC + 1).

Please register for this webinar here:

All details, including a time zone converter (note daylight savings are creating non-standard conversions) and links to supplementary materials:

Since this is the NAPPN, I’ll do some of some likely conversions here: New York (ET) 9am, Chicago (CT) 8am, Denver (MT) 7am, Los Angeles (PT) 6am.

Title: VineScout Project: Enabling Big-data for Vineyards with Ground Robots

Abstract: The wine industry is strategic for Europe, both economically and socially speaking. Its competitive position in the global market depends on the long-term reputation of its wines, which needs many years to be built, but can be lost quickly with a poor wine. The risk of losing reputation is high when repeatability cannot be granted, which happens ever more in the vineyards where manual data sampling is meager due to unaffordable costs. Therefore, our aim is to industrialize, demonstrate, and take as first ones to market an innovative expert field monitoring system (decision support system) embedded in a small-size and cost-efficient robot for the vineyard, which will be the follow-up of the successful EU-funded project VineRobot that ended in 2017. In order to ensure commercial success, VineScout tries to optimize both the external design and the internal electronics, with especial attention to the industrialization of the navigation and mapping software, the platform weather protection, and the robot’s user friendliness. For this, we count on an industry-driven consortium, targeting one of the largest agricultural sectors in Europe.

All past webinars are available at .

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