This seminar will present the development of autonomous seeding systems that will form the backbone of the suit of vehicles that will take today's agriculture through a quantum leap to fully autonomous farming. The research has its aims set on eliminating large tractors, ground compaction, and controlled traffic. The large tractors are replaced by smart pilot vehicles that will be able to guide the working elements such as large seeding systems to deliver the required high accuracy in crop plantation so that crop sensing is no longer needed. The presentation will explain the development of the seeder, its features and the role of data fusion and control systems.
Jay Katupitiya is an Associate Professor at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and is the Head of the Division of Mechatronics. He received his B.Sc. degree in Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and Ph.D. from the Katholike Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. His research interests are in the navigation of outdoor vehicles, especially the use of robust control systems for high accuracy path tracking, and the development of novel robotic systems for agriculture. He also works in the area of VTOL aircraft to enable zero roll-pitch flight.