Technical Comittee on: Agricultural Robotics and Automation
Program Februari 2017

Joćo Valente , Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain: Aerial Surveying for Precision Farming

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In the last decade we have seen how small and light Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) shipped with cameras have become a “most wanted” image surveying tool. Most of the off-the-shelf aerial systems found in the market provide waypoint navigation. However, there are few that rely on a tool that compute the aerial trajectories considering all the aspects that allow optimizing the aerial missions while improving the mission safety. In this talk a set of tools to address aerial missions with a fleet of UAS are proposed. Finally, a survey of outdoor field experiments applying the previous materials and methods is presented.


Joćo Valente is a visiting professor and researcher at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He received his M.Sc. (2011) and Ph.D. (2014) in Automation and Robotics from the Polytechnic University of Madrid; and the M.Sc. (2008) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the New University of Lisbon. From 2007 to 2008 he was a junior researcher in the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and researcher in the Robotics & Cybernetics group from the CAR UPM-CSIC from 2008 to 2014. During that time he was a visiting researcher in the USA (2012) at the robotics and intelligent systems lab, City College of New York; and in Belgium (2014), at IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles. His research interests are field robotics, aerial robots, remote sensing, and path and mission planning for precision farming and other environmental applications. For more information about Joćo’s work please visit

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