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A robotic demonstration took place at NCSR Demokritos on Tuesday 16 March in the frame of the project iRTA -intelligent Robotic high-precision Treatment Application in rough terrain vineyards. During the tests at NCSR Demokritos campus, the 4×4 mobile robot was required to spray with precision a specific area of plants which was successfully demonstrated.

iRTA mobile robot demonstration at NCSR Demokritos premises

The iRTA project is a collaboration between 4 partners: NCSR Demokritos, AGENSO, Agricultural University of Athens and SCiO), which aims to develop an application for a mobile robot that will be able to provide precision treatment in rough and steep slope terrains and even to achieve manoeuvres between different plants. To accomplish this optimised treatment usage, iRTA improved the mechanical properties of a mobile robot, whilst using state-of-art Artificial Intelligence methods, providing the possibility to navigate autonomously and manage to avoid obstacles.

A 3D depiction of iRTA’s mobile robot in rough and steep slope terrains

SKEL | The AI lab, IIT, NCSR Demokritos developed a navigation stack able to accommodate the mobile robot’s internal combustion engine and Ackerman steering. SCiO developed the mobile robot’s Leafage Detection Module, aiming to estimate and decide on the relevant positioning for the plants in the treated field thus performing spraying actuation, as per iRTA’s architectural design.

To learn more about the project and its progress, visit the website.

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