Field Robot Event 2020

The next international Field Robot Event 2020 (18th edition) will be in Erwitte/Lippstadt in Germany again together with the DLG Field Days on Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th of June 2020. On behalf of the organising committee, we invite you to come with a student and/or professional team and participate in the event.

We joined the DLG Field Days already several times. The Field Days always focus on relevant topics in crop management & machine demonstrations. More information you find here on this webpage.

There will be special tasks for the robot competition in 2020:

– CONTEST: We will as soon as possible (probably in January) provide more details about the tasks. So far we inform you that we will focus first on the traditional challenges of navigating (task 1 and 2). In 2020 we will not anymore navigate through maize rows but between matured small pumpkins in rows. They will be arranged also in 75 cm row width but with around 40-50 cm spacing within the row. An example of the ‘crop plants’ you find here, they will perhaps vary in size and color.

For the application tasks 3 and 4 we suggest something new. The crop plants (pumpkins) from task 1 and 2 will be used within an artificial small landscape. This landscape patch will have some structures as consisting power poles, small trees, a pond etc. In task 3 the robots shall find the crop plants and provide information about them: number, position coordinates, volume etc. In task 4 the robots should again find the crop and move them out of the spot (harvesting).

The Free Style as task 5 will be as usual, we suggest. The banning of persons within the field during machine performance will continue. The ground condition is not clear yet. Perhaps it will be well maintained grass turf or it will be bare soil.

The extra design awarding which is independent from the contest performance will be continued.

– DEMO: We will invite more companies and research institutions to present their research prototypes, however they look as small or big. There will be some demonstration time schedules to show how the status is within this area of (close to) commercialization.

– TALKS: We will also invite speakers from our domain to give impressions about the state-of-the-art of robotics in agriculture. We will try to include also some team speakers to present whatever is interesting in relation to the FRE. The talks will be on or close to our contest area to allow students to listen whenever they have time. The FRE-talks will be included on the official DLG forum announcements.

Providing accommodation & catering will be the same as previous years. We will try to keep the total costs per student as event fee including everything – except your own travel costs – as low as possible. It will be not more than 100 euro per student. That’s it so far.

Hopefully you are coming and join us and have an interesting time with us. Winning is good, but learning, having fun & talks with colleagues is also nice. If you have any further good idea let us know, there is still some time to adjust.