Aims of the research project
In the first year, we mainly focus on developing a working prototype with real-scale mechanical complexities. The main developments will be a lightweight cable-driving system, an energy-saving mechanism, a lightweight manipulator with harvesting tools, and vision algorithms for autonomous operation. At the end of the first year, we hope to deliver an autonomous gardening demonstration.
Scientific and societal context of the research project
Our essential scientific challenges are the design of a lightweight device and handling stability issues of this floating system. The former will minimize energy consumption and the necessary infrastructure, and the latter will ensure precision and agility when reaching plant parts. We will co-design the mechanics and control algorithms of our robot optimally and use standard robotic protocols to facilitate interfacing with off-the-shelf gardening tools and methods. This maximizes future expansions and covers more gardening services.