18th International Field Robot Event 2021

Virtual event from 8 to 10 June 2021

The International Field Robot Event (FRE), an annual international competition for international student teams and their robots, will this year, due to the pandemic, take place as a virtual event from 8 to 10 June 2021. Using the same simulation environment as the NASA Space Robotics Challenge to test robotic software for space exploration, the FRE event offers participants realistic designs with real-life effects to enact a range of agricultural field scenarios. From weed recognition to obstacle detection, the field robots and their algorithms will compete within the 3D robotics simulator “ROS / Gazebo”.

Automation and digitization, optimised crop production as well as sustainable agriculture are among the agricultural challenges that have been selected for the virtual field robot contest.  Already the event has attracted 13 international student teams, who will present their virtual robots in action, performing complex field manouvers as part of the simulation tasks. Offering conditions corresponding closely to those that would be found in real-life farming situations, like obstacles and weed, the simulation environment produces high-quality lighting, shadows and textures, making it not only realistic but entertaining as well.

 

Programme: 8 to 10 June 2021

Tuesday, June 8th

  • 09:30 – 09:45 Welcome
  • 09:45 – 10:00 Welcome note Director
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Contest Task 1 (simulation)
    Basic navigation in a maize field with curved rows
    (max travelled distance per time will win)
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Contest Task 2 (simulation)
    Advanced navigation in a maize field with straight rows with gaps following a given track pattern
    (max travelled distance per time will win)
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Awarding
  • 17:00 – 17:30 FAQ and support

Wednesday, June 9th

  • 10:00 – 12:00 Contest Task 3 (simulation)
    Weed and object detection and georeferencing in a maize field
    (the most correct map wins)
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Contest Task 4 (simulation)
    Removing weeds and objects out of a maize field to the headlands
    (the most correct removed will win)
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Awarding Task 3 + 4 and Overall
  • 17:00 – 17:30 FAQ and support

Thursday, June 10th

  • 10:00 – 11:30 Contest Task 5 (live video)
    Freestyle: Free choice for the teams about what to present 
    (Complexity, performance and agricultural usefulness will win)
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Awarding Task 5
  • Farewell

More information:

www.fieldrobot.com/event

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Participation in the event was free of charge. To watch the recording of the event, all you need to do is register briefly via the link on the DLG digital platform.

Click here to register for 8 June 2021

Click here to register for 9 June 2021

Click here to register for 10 June 2021

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