Project: aUtomaTed Open PrecIsion fArming Platform

Acronym [UTOPIA] (Reference Number: 862683)
Duration 01/03/2021 - 01/07/2023
Project Topic Precision-farming needs large-scale adoption to increase production at such a level that it significantly contributes to minimizing the gap between actual and required world-production of food. Increasing the measurement and actuation intervals of e.g. monitoring for pests and watering are expected to contribute to e.g. increased yields. Sensing is an important element to quantify productivity, product quality and to make decisions. Applications, such as mapping, surveillance, exploration and precision agriculture, require a reliable platform for remote sensing. In precision agriculture, the goal is to gather and analyze information about the variability of soil/water and plant conditions in order to maximize the efficiency of the farm field. This would also increase the burden on the farmer, as the measurement-time and data-processing time increases significantly. This can be mitigated with Automated (cooperative) Precision Farming with the use of autonomous driving vehicles, vessels, drones and dedicated installations mounted on regular agri-machinery. For the cooperative robotic missions, the data will be tagged with accurate position information and merged with other data in order to create a digital map. To achieve good performance for an intelligent system in autonomous navigation tasks we will also build a 3D world model which will be integrated with a digital twin at plant level in order to improve the local path such that we obtain accurate information. To integrate the data from heterogeneous sensors, a platform will be developed to determine the practicality of the available sensors for the optimization of the spatio-temporal interpolation. This project will focus on a single (standardized) platform where (robotic)paths, monitoring strategies can be set and the drones/USV's/AGV's automatically deployed when certain conditions are met. The measurement data will be available for different stakeholders in the same platform
Project Results
(after finalisation)
Main result: UTOPIA Multi-layer Open Software Framework to support mass adoption of smart farming
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Network ICT-AGRI-FOOD
Call 1st ICT-AGRI-FOOD Joint Cofund Call

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Intelligent Autonomous Mobility Center Coordinator Netherlands
2 Bogazici University Partner Turkey
3 Aqitec Projects B.V. Partner Netherlands
4 WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY Partner Netherlands
5 Universiteit Antwerpen Partner Belgium