In Prague, 27 - 29 June, was the Field Robot Event 2013. A team of students Biosystems Engineering of Wageningen University participated with their robot Bullseye. They were very succesful and obtained the 2nd place in the overall classification.
Students Krijn Schetters, Toon Tielen, Arjen van Dueren den Hollander, Albert Jol, Matthijs van Haperen, Cornelis Cnossen and Dirk Oorbeek also obtained a 2nd place in the free-style competition and a 1st place in the collaborative task.
Robotics and high-tech will play an important role in future food production. The Field Robot Event provides students with a technical design challenge and prepares them for an engineering career in an agricultural setting. The Field Robot Event was initiated in 2003 in Wageningen. This year in total 22 teams participated coming from 9 different countries.
During the competition robots have to perform a variety of tasks in and around a crop on the field. Tasks consists of navigating through a row crop like sun flower and finding and destroying weeds. During the free-style task robots perform a task chosen by the team itself. This year Bullseye sowed the letters FRE, similar to the advertisements commonly sown on fields around airports. Because it is expected that robots will have to collaborate in the future, the fifth tasks consists of a collaboration between two robots. Teams get a few hours to prepare for that collaboration during the competition.
The Field Robot Event is coordinated from Wageningen by Prof. Eldert van Henten of the Farm Technology group of Wageningen University. After a round of successful competitions in Wageningen, the event went on tour through Europe. This year the competition was hosted by the Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS) in Prague.