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2021

Potential Non-Invasive Technique for Accessing Plant Water Contents Using a Radar System

Authors
Santos, LC; dos Santos, FN; Morais, R; Duarte, C;

Publication
Agronomy

Abstract
Sap flow measurements of trees are today the most common method to determine evapotranspiration at the tree and the forest/crop canopy level. They provide independent measurements for flux comparisons and model validation. The most common approach to measure the sap flow is based on intrusive solutions with heaters and thermal sensors. This sap flow sensor technology is not very reliable for more than one season crop; it is intrusive and not adequate for low diameter trunk trees. The non-invasive methods comprise mostly Radio-frequency (RF) technologies, typically using satellite or air-born sources. This system can monitor large fields but cannot measure sap levels of a single plant (precision agriculture). This article studies the hypothesis to use of RF signals attenuation principle to detect variations in the quantity of water present in a single plant. This article presents a well-defined experience to measure water content in leaves, by means of high gains RF antennas, spectrometer, and a robotic arm. Moreover, a similar concept is studied with an off-the-shelf radar solution—for the automotive industry—to detect changes in the water presence in a single plant and leaf. The conclusions indicate a novel potential application of this technology to precision agriculture as the experiments data is directly related to the sap flow variations in plant.

2020

Forest Robot and Datasets for Biomass Collection

Authors
Reis, R; dos Santos, FN; Santos, L;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing - Robot 2019: Fourth Iberian Robotics Conference

Abstract

2020

Path Planning Aware of Robot’s Center of Mass for Steep Slope Vineyards

Authors
Santos, L; Santos, F; Mendes, J; Costa, P; Lima, J; Reis, R; Shinde, P;

Publication
Robotica

Abstract
SummarySteep slope vineyards are a complex scenario for the development of ground robots. Planning a safe robot trajectory is one of the biggest challenges in this scenario, characterized by irregular surfaces and strong slopes (more than 35°). Moving the robot through a pile of stones, spots with high slope or/and with wrong robot yaw may result in an abrupt fall of the robot, damaging the equipment and centenary vines, and sometimes imposing injuries to humans. This paper presents a novel approach for path planning aware of center of mass of the robot for application in sloppy terrains. Agricultural robotic path planning (AgRobPP) is a framework that considers the A* algorithm by expanding inner functions to deal with three main inputs: multi-layer occupation grid map, altitude map and robot’s center of mass. This multi-layer grid map is updated by obstacles taking into account the terrain slope and maximum robot posture. AgRobPP is also extended with algorithms for local trajectory replanning during the execution of a trajectory that is blocked by the presence of an obstacle, always assuring the safety of the re-planned path. AgRobPP has a novel PointCloud translator algorithm called PointCloud to grid map and digital elevation model (PC2GD), which extracts the occupation grid map and digital elevation model from a PointCloud. This can be used in AgRobPP core algorithms and farm management intelligent systems as well. AgRobPP algorithms demonstrate a great performance with the real data acquired from AgRob V16, a robotic platform developed for autonomous navigation in steep slope vineyards.

2020

Visual Trunk Detection Using Transfer Learning and a Deep Learning-based Coprocessor

Authors
Aguiar, AS; Dos Santos, FN; Miranda De Sousa, AJM; Oliveira, PM; Santos, LC;

Publication
IEEE Access

Abstract

2020

Path Planning for ground robots in agriculture: a short review

Authors
Santos, LC; Santos, FN; Solteiro Pires, EJS; Valente, A; Costa, P; Magalhaes, S;

Publication
2020 IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions (ICARSC)

Abstract