REF supports and enables QUT’s growing capability in ground (or terrestrial) robotics, as demonstrated in their involvement of the following research projects:
- AgBot II – an innovative agricultural robot prototype fully designed and fabricated by QUT researchers and engineers with significant co-funding from the Queensland Government. AgBot II forms part of a new generation of crop and weed management machinery, intended to work in autonomous groups across both broadacre and horticultural crop management applications. The robot’s cameras, sensors, software and other electronics enable it to navigate through a field, apply fertiliser, detect and classify weeds, and kill weeds either mechanically or chemically, providing a tool for farmers to help reduce operational costs and efficiency losses.
- Harvey – the Robotic Capsicum Harvester project combines robotic vision and automation to develop a new agricultural prototype nicknamed ‘Harvey’ – a robot designed to identify and robotically harvest capsicums (sweet peppers). The project is led by QUT researchers and engineers with significant co-funding from the Queensland Government.
We are also exploring the application of humanoid robots, such as Pepper from SoftBank Robotics, across a wide variety of sectors so as to better understand how social robots can interact with their environment (physical and human).