Agriculture is humankind’s oldest and still its most important economic activity, providing the food, feed, fiber, and fuel necessary for our survival. Robotics and automation can play a significant role in society meeting 2050 agricultural production needs. For six decades robots have played a fundamental role in increasing efficiency and reducing the cost of industrial production and products. In the past twenty years, a similar trend has started to take place in agriculture, with GPS- and vision-based self-guided tractors and harvesters already being available commercially. More recently, farmers have started to experiment with autonomous systems that automate or augment operations such as pruning, thinning, and harvesting, as well as mowing, spraying, and weed removal. The mission of the AGRicultural INteligent Systems (AGRINS) Laboratory is to promote research, development, innovation, and standardization in robotics and automation to enable safe, efficient, and economical agricultural production. AGRINS Lab. is a forum where academic and industrial researchers and engineers meet to advance the state-of-the-art in sensing, mobility, manipulation, and management technologies applied to the production of grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and horticulture and nursery crops. We welcome anyone interested in this exciting area to join and contribute to our mission.
The laboratory mission is to research to develop new field robotics and intelligent systems theories and methods and apply them in agriculture.
We are committed to developing technologies in four core areas:
- Design and development of intelligent systems for agricultural use
- Dynamic modeling of these intelligent systems
- Planning to automate them
- Intelligent and automatic control of them to perform tasks