When: Thursday 27th of May, 1pm AEST
Where: This seminar will be presented at the Rose Street Seminar area (J04) and also streamed online, RSVP here.
Speaker: Jasper Brown
Title: Autonomous Soft Fruit Harvesting: Challenges and Lessons
Autonomous harvesting has been demonstrated for many tree crop varieties, with some even at the point of commercialisation. However less common crops, such as plums, remain unaddressed. Plums are a type of soft fruit, and as such require careful motion planning to avoid scratches and stem pull out, which is complicated by mixed hard and soft obstacles. This results in a range of robotics challenges when adapting existing harvesting techniques to soft fruit. In this seminar I will present some of the approaches taken and lessons learned when building and testing a robotic fruit harvesting development platform which must overcome these challenges.
Jasper received a Bachelor degree in Mechatronic Engineering (Hons 1) from the University of Sydney, Australia. He is currently a final stage PhD student at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics where his research interests include robotic crop interaction and grasping, active perception, and machine learning within agriculture.