Agriculture

The next agricultural revolution will be driven by the use of digital technologies, informatics & cybernetics. Future Farming brings together elements of technology, society, and biology and enables the use of information, extracted from purposefully collected data, to manage agricultural production systems: optimise yield and quality and increase efficiency whilst ensuring sustainability.

Over the next ten years, we expect to see better use of information within each component of the agri-food production system and perhaps the start of a transition to a single integrated agri-food system, in which thinking and decision making is based on information about the state of all key system components. The ultimate result will be a truly optimised and robust food production system from paddock to plate and fibres from the paddock to the user. To achieve this, we must thoroughly understand all processes involved in the reverse order: from the consumer to paddock.

Visit QUT’s Future Farming site for more information.

Projects

AgBot II

Funded by Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Meet AgBot II, a new generation tool for robotic site-specific crop and weed management.

UAVs/ Drones for Agriculture and Plant Biosecurity

Plant Biosecurity CRC (2014 - 2018)

This project investigates the sensitivities and capacity of emerging unmanned aerial systems (UASs) and imaging technologies for biosecurity surveillance in viticulture, horticultural and grain industries.

Use of UAS and Hyperspectral Remote Sensing for Early detection of Phylloxera Infestation in Vineyards

The aim of this project is to use predictive models combined with high-resolution detection technologies to increase sampling efficiency and improve first detection rates.

Autonomous Robotic Platforms for Greenhouses

The goal of this project is to research and develop a fully autonomous robotic crop management system for protected cropping systems

Robotic Vertical Farming Systems

This project aims to develop a robotic crop management system for the growth of nutrient-dense crops within Vertical Farming Systems

Harvey – The Robotic Capsicum Harvester

QUT has developed a prototype robotic capsicum (sweet pepper) harvester nicknamed ‘Harvey’, combining robotic vision and automation expertise to benefit agricultural producers.

Moving to See

This project is investigating smarter ways for robots to see around all the clutter in order to better monitor crops in agricultural environments.

Novel autonomous robotic weed control to maximise agricultural productivity

Commonwealth Grant CRCPIX000099 (Cooperative Research Centre Project); Agent Oriented Software (Lead Partner)

The project aims to develop a robot to autonomously find and identify individual noxious weeds, spraying or using an alternative method to eliminate them. It will produce a series of operational prototypes ("Kelpie"), based upon a commercially available agricultural chassis.