Technical Comittee on: Agricultural Robotics and Automation
Program December, 2014

Benjamin Fernandez, UNED, Spain and AGCO Fendt, Germany: ISOBus's Past, Present, and Future Role in Agricultural Robotics and Automation

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The ISO standard 11783, commonly known as ISOBUS, is an integral part of today's precision farming. It allows Tractor-Implement management systems to hand over the control of the tractor to the implement, thus reducing work load on the operator. But what else can this standard do for agricultural robotics and automation? And can it be used as a general standard for these areas as well? To come closer to the answer, this talk will first introduce a general description of the ISOBUS standard and how it is used for automated tasks today. Then, requirements of Agricultural Robotics will be presented, and the talk will conclude with a discussion of the future of ISOBUS in the area.


Benjamin Fernandez is a Ph.D. student at UNED, Spain, and Engineer at AGCO Fendt, Germany. He has an MBA in Technology Management from the Northern Institute of Technology Management and an M.S. in Mechatronics from the Hamburg-Harburg Institute of Technology, both in Hamburg, Germany. For the last four years as a Project Engineer for AGCO Fendt, he has developed embedded systems for agricultural automation, including simulation of implements and automation of ISOBUS tests. Mr. Fernandez is a member of the AgRA Standards subcommittee where he contributes his expertise in ISOBUS to the development of standards for agricultural robotics.

Last modified: dec. 2014 by Eldert van Henten and Sam Blaauw