Clever Robots for Crops

Intelligent sensing and manipulation for sustainable production and harvesting of high value crops

CROPS was a large-scale integrating FP7 EU research project in the theme Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies within the call: Automation and robotics for sustainable crop and forestry management.

The project was coordinated by Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands. 

The project started in October 2010 and was accomplished in September 2014.
The SWEEPER research project followed-up the CROPS project.

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Modular and clever platform

CROPS has developed scientific know-how for a highly configurable, modular and clever carrier platform that includes modular parallel manipulators and intelligent tools (sensors, algorithms, sprayers, grippers) that can be easily installed onto the carrier and are capable of adapting to new tasks and conditions.


Technological demonstrators

Several technological demonstrators have been developed for high value crops like greenhouse vegetables, fruits in orchards, and grapes for premium wines. The CROPS robotic platform is capable of site-specific spraying (targets spray only towards foliage and selective targets) and selective harvesting of fruit (detects the fruit, determines its ripeness, moves towards the fruit, grasps it and softly detaches it). 

Detection and classification

Another objective of CROPS was to develop techniques for reliable detection and classification of obstacles and other objects to enable successful autonomous navigation and operation in plantations and forests. The agricultural and forestry applications share many research areas, primarily regarding sensing and learning capabilities.

Video clips and reports

The video page shows videos of different CROPS demonstrators.

See the CORDIS project webpage of the EU Comission for more information.




CROPS Consortium

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY & RESEARCH, Netherlands (Coordinator) Contact: Jochen Hemming: jochen.hemming@wur.nl
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN,  Belgium
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV, Israel
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI, Slovenia
UMEA UNIVERSITET, Sweden
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO, Italy
CSIC AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS, Spain
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN, Germany
CNH INDUSTRIAL BELGIUM, Belgium
INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGROPECUARIAS, Chile
FORCE-A SA, France
FESTO AG & CO KG, Germany
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET, Sweden
JENTJENS MACHINETECHNIEK B.V. ,Netherlands

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