Swarm Robotics – The agri-workforce of the future?
Robots on farms are ideally suited to do the jobs that are dirty, dangerous, difficult or dull. Much of the innovation to date has focused on developing high-spec individual machines, but the agricultural labour force of the future is likely to be boosted by teams of small robots working together – with their individual contributions combining to make a cheaper, more effective or more intelligent system.
Explore the prospect of swarm robotics and the potential for its impact on-farm, as well as some of the technical challenges around sensor and data fusion, combining algorithms from multiple machines into a single decision-making system. How close is swarm robotics to commercial application?