Integrated Platform

The TrimBot2020 is composed of a modified Bosch Indigo platform, on top of which a Kinova arm is mounted with cameras and custom trimming tools.

Video of the integrated cutting

Real test environment

We built a test garden at Wageningen University for our experiments. Testing in real scenarios helps to construct and make practical systems working.

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TrimBot2020 is funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme

Autonomous gardening

Bush trimming

Integrated Robot Development

3D Computer Vision

Motion Planning

Scientific dissemination

TrimBot2020 is an EU funded project that will research the underlying robotics and vision technologies and prototype the first outdoor garden trimming robot. The robot will navigate over varying terrain, approach rose bushes, hedges and boxwood topiary, to trim them to an ideal shape. The robot will be based on a modified commercial robot lawn mower, which will navigate using a user-defined garden map and 3D scene analysis, and then visually servo a novel electric plant cutter.

Achieving this will require a combination of robotics and 3D computer vision research and innovation activities. Original developments will be required for 3D sensing of semi-regular surfaces with physical texture (overgrown plant surfaces), coping with outdoor lighting variations, self-localising and navigating over real terrain and around obstacles, visual servoing to align the vehicle with potentially moving target plants, visual servoing to align leaf and branch cutters to a compliant surface, and innovative engineering to deliver all this on a small battery-powered consumer-grade vehicle.

Coordinator

Robert Fisher

School of Informatics
Univ. of Edinburgh
1.26 Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh EH8 9AB
United Kingdom
Phone: (44)-131-651-3441 (direct line)
Phone: (44)-131-650-2685 (secretary)
Fax: (44)-131-651-3435
Email:

Twitter
RT @KinovaRobotics: It's great to walk through #IROS2018 and come across research community members like @trimbot2020! https://t.co/Nla0E6I…6 days
The user builds a map of the garden and Trimbot2020 navigates it DEMO: https://t.co/66uaNN4LBE via @YouTube6 days
RT @KinovaRobotics: Congratulations are in order to the research institute of Wageningen University! They’ve been awarded the Innovation a…2 months
RT @H2020_CENTAURO: Centauro robot and IIT team in Madrid. https://t.co/HXwRjCwq8j2 months
RT @Aiman_M_Omer: iCub display in #IROS2018 in Madrid. It’s control system is been developed to make it able to self balance its body in a…2 months