I will give a research seminar at the SnT (Université du Luxembourg) on Friday 11 at 11AM. It will be entitled: “Vision and robotics for agriculture: state of the art and challenges”.
Agricultural robotics brings new challenges to computer vision and robotics researchers. First, because it requires the robot to operate outdoors on sometimes difficult terrain and in non-cooperative conditions: mud, rain, fog, sun, etc. Moreover, if it is possible to build a factory around industrial robots, it is necessary to adapt agricultural robots to the very specific context it serves, to practices and know-how. Finally, environmental and health issues will become increasingly important in the agriculture of the future and robotics will have to meet them. Our work, with a particular focus on viticultural robotics, will address some of these issues and propose robotic solutions to:
– have a better knowledge of the plant's development and health status;
– adapt the treatments applied to the plant to this state by seeking to reduce its volume (more for ecological and health reasons than for economic reasons) – in a so-called sustainable agriculture approach;
– have an objective measure of the effectiveness of these treatments by monitoring the state of the plant.
Our project for a new research centre has been approved by the French Ministry of Research. From 1 January 2019, the ImViA laboratory (Imaging and Artificial Vision) will be created under the reference EA 7535.
It will be composed of three teams:
CORES (COmputer vision for REal time Systems) in Dijon
IFTIM (Functional Imaging and Medical Image Processing) in Dijon
VIBOT (VIsion for roBOTics) ERL CNRS 6000 in Le Creusot
The story keeps going....
Busy yet interesting week. I will be in Evry for the “HDR” defense of Jean-Yves Didier tomorrow and in Dijon for the PhD defense of Richard Macwan next Friday.
Oh! By the way, the ministry recently approved our new research lab proposal: on January, ImViA (for “Imagerie et Vision Artificielle”) will be officially created under the reference EA 7535.
I will fly to Toulouse today for the PhD defense of Philippe-Antoine Gohard that will be held at the LAAS tomorrow. Back to Le Creusot on Monday!
L'équipe VIBOT animera un stand au Village des Sciences au Creusot ce weekend. Si la vision par ordinateur et ses applications à la robotique vous intéresse, c'est là que ça se passe...
I am moving the VIBOTians community (group of VIBOT/MaIA students and alumni, BSc and MSc) from Google+ (which will be closing soon) to LinkedIn. Seek the group on LinkedIn and submit a subscription request if you are a Vibotian.
I'm in Madrid for #IROS2018 all this week. You can follow our Instagram @vibot_hq for photos and videos of the event.
Next week, I'll have lectures on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning (my lectures with the BsCVs is postponed). I will be in Paris on Tuesday, discussing agricultural robotics, and in Dijon on Wednesday afternoon, working on the creation of our brand new research group. I will meet with Indian colleagues on Friday to discuss students mobility. I won't be in my office much: if you have to contact me, try by email, armed with a bit of patience.
Induction Days 2018
Tomorrow and Thursday and Friday, we will be welcoming new VIBOT (BSc and MSc) and MaIA students. Friday night, from 7pm, the 11th graduation ceremony for the VIBOT and 1st graduation ceremony for the MaIA will be held at the Centre Universitaire Condorcet. Students, colleagues and friends... Great moments to come...
A nice paper entitled “Visual Tracking Using Sparse Coding and Earth Mover's Distance”, authored by Gang Yao and Ashwin Dani (University of Connecticut), I had the pleasure to edit for Frontiers in Robotics and AI – Vision Systems Theory, Tools and Applications. Thanks a lot to the reviewers! It took quite a bit to do the job, but it was worth it.