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RBE Colloquium Series: Dr. Cyrill Stachniss | With Agricultural Robots Towards Sustainable Crop Production


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WPI Robotics Engineering
Friday, November 20, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Dr. Cyrill Stachniss 

University of Bonn 

With Agricultural Robots Towards Sustainable Crop Production 


Friday, November 20, 2020 
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 
Zoom: (sign-in required) 


Abstract:Crop farming plays an essential role in our society, providing us food, feed, fiber, and fuel. We heavily rely on agricultural production but at the same time, we need to reduce the footprint of agriculture production: less input of chemicals like herbicides, fertilizer, and other limited resources. Agricultural robots and other new technologies offer promising directions to address key management challenges in agricultural fields. To achieve this, autonomous field robots need the ability to perceive and model their environment, to predict possible future developments, and to make appropriate decisions in complex and changing situations. This talk will showcase recent developments towards robot-driven sustainable crop production.  I will illustrate how management tasks can be automized using UAVs and UGVs and which new ways this technology can offer. 

Bio:Cyrill Stachniss is a full professor at the University of Bonn and heads the lab for Photogrammetry and Robotics. Before working in Bonn, he was a lecturer at the University of Freiburg in Germany, a guest lecturer at the University of Zaragoza in Spain, and a senior researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in the group of Roland Siegwart. Cyrill Stachniss finished his habilitation in 2009 and received his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Exploration and Mapping with Mobile Robots” supervised by Wolfram Burgard at the University of Freiburg in 2006. From 2008-2013, he was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, since 2010 a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow, and received the IEEE RAS Early Career Award in 2013. Since 2015, he was one of the founding senior editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters until 2019. He is the spokesperson of the DFG Cluster of Excellence EXC 2070 ”PhenoRob – Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Crop Production” and of the DFG Research Unit FOR 1505 ”Mapping on Demand”. He was furthermore involved in the coordination of several EC-funded FP7 and H2020 projects. In his research, he focuses on probabilistic techniques in the context of mobile robotics, navigation, and perception. Central areas of his research are solutions to the simultaneous localization and mapping problem, visual perception, robot learning, self-driving cars, agricultural robotics, and unmanned aerial vehicles. He has coauthored over 220 publications.

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