Title

Strawberry Harvesting Robot

Lead Author Major

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Lead Author Status

Senior

Second Author Major

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Second Author Status

Senior

Third Author Major

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Third Author Status

Senior

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Rahim Khoie

Faculty Mentor Email

rkhoie@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

Electrial & Computer Engineering

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

Elizabeth Basha

Additional Faculty Mentor Department

Electrical & Computerr Engineering

Abstract/Artist Statement

Despite extensive use of robots in automation factories, practical success of robots on harvesting tasks is still limited. The aim of these robots is to assist farmers in laborious harvesting work. To accomplish this, two main difficulties have to be faced: time, robots have to help farmers save time during the harvesting period; and quality, the harvested crops shall not be damaged or misplaced. This project involves only the mobile platform component of the system. A robotic arm which will pick berries and place them into a storage container connected to the robot was developed separately. The mobile platform utilized a combination of electrical and mechanical systems, including components such as a minicomputer, microcontroller, motor circuit, a camera, and proximity sensors. The result of this project’s development was a completed robot that autonomously navigates itself in a given environment, is aware of obstacles and turning points, and generates spatial coordinates for any strawberries it detects.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

4-5-2018 2:30 PM

End Date

4-5-2018 4:00 PM

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Strawberry Harvesting Robot

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Despite extensive use of robots in automation factories, practical success of robots on harvesting tasks is still limited. The aim of these robots is to assist farmers in laborious harvesting work. To accomplish this, two main difficulties have to be faced: time, robots have to help farmers save time during the harvesting period; and quality, the harvested crops shall not be damaged or misplaced. This project involves only the mobile platform component of the system. A robotic arm which will pick berries and place them into a storage container connected to the robot was developed separately. The mobile platform utilized a combination of electrical and mechanical systems, including components such as a minicomputer, microcontroller, motor circuit, a camera, and proximity sensors. The result of this project’s development was a completed robot that autonomously navigates itself in a given environment, is aware of obstacles and turning points, and generates spatial coordinates for any strawberries it detects.