P3: Planning and Control

In mainstream robotics, task plans are almost exclusively imperative, that is, they consist of reci- pes of motion, sensing and decision-making actions to be realized by the robot. Those recipes are created at development time and are therefore inflexible and unable to deal with variations in objects and environments. The scientific challenge is develop declarative…

P4: Gripping and Manipulation

Current robotic gripping technology is able to handle well-defined, rigid objects. However, grippers for harvesting, food processing, and packaging have to perform their tasks under demanding requirements, such as robustness to variability in product size, shape, and softness, and fast operation to reduce cycle times. State-of-the-art robotic technology does not address these challenges. This large…

P5: Greenhouse Robotics

The greenhouse robotics use case will address the removal of leaves (deleafing) and ripe fruits (harvesting) from tomato plants, two important plant-maintenance operations. Using the capabilities developed in projects P1 to P4 this use-case addresses the challenge of how to deal with variations in the environment, such as changes in illumination and humidity, as well…

P6: Food-Processing Robotics

The food-processing use-case will address poultry processing and more specifically, the composi- tion of product packs with densely-packed products positioned in a stylised way, and the bi-manual removal or cutting of selected parts of chicken products. Using the capabilities developed in projects P1 to P4 this use-case addresses the challenge of how to deal with…

P7: Food-Packaging Robotics

The food-packaging use-case addresses packaging of various food products like packs of cookies and bags of chips. The task is to pick these products from a bin and place them in a variety of containers. The robot(s) need to reorient the products, possibly using two arms, as the products are positioned in the bin in…

The FlexCRAFT program

FlexCRAFT is a Dutch research program to advance Cognitive Robotics for Flexible Agro-Food Technology. The program is executed by an excellent team of robotic researchers from five universities in collaboration with fifteen companies and supported by NWO/TTW.

Projects

The program consists of seven projects organized in two research lines (RL). In RL1,  generic robotic capabilities are developed to allow robots to deal with the variations present in agro-food environments. In RL2, these generic capabilities are integrated, tested and evaluated in three agro-food use-cases. RL1 – Development of generic robotic capabilities P1: Active Perception…