May 2nd, 2014

Robots: Zero Tillage Robotics

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Professor Peter Corke from Queensland University of Technology, about the fast-tracking research that will see robots planting, weeding, maintaining and harvesting crops. The AgBot is a light-weight, golf buggy-sized robot that has been specifically designed to reduce the environmental impact of weeding. It can navigate wheat farms of around 4000 hectares using low-cost sensors, targeting weeds with spray while they are still very young plants. The Chief Investigators are Peter Corke, Ben Upcroft, Gordon Wyeth and Salah Sukkarieh (ACFR) with Partner Investigator Andrew Bate from SwarmFarm.

Peter Corke
petercorke1-tnPeter Corke joined Queensland University of Technology at the start of 2010 and is known for his research in vision-based robot control, field robotics and wireless sensor networks. He received a B.Eng and M.Eng.Sc. degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, and a PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, all from the University of Melbourne. Prior to QUT he was a senior principal research scientist at CSIRO where he founded the Autonomous Systems Laboratory, a 50-person team undertaking research in mining, ground, aerial and underwater robotics, as well as sensor networks. He subsequently led a major cross-organizational “capability platform” in wireless sensor networks.


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    I always had some same dreams when I was a very little kid, they are all about that a robot was chasing me, and I ran very hard, I climbed a high building, but the robot was getting close, so I jumped off the building, then I waked up. I always remember those dreams, and I thought they were just dreams, but now I know they are not my dreams, they are the truth, human being will be replaced by robots. ’cause The Gods are true, they need robots more than us. We are created like a pig, but they don’t need our meat, they need our feelings, emotion, intelligence, etc