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Conceptual and user-centric design guidelines for a plant nursing robot

Sørensen, C.G.; Jørgensen, R.N.; Maagaard, J.; Bertelsen, K.K.; Dalgaard, L. and Nørremark, M. (2010) Conceptual and user-centric design guidelines for a plant nursing robot. Biosystems Engineering, 105 (1), pp. 119-129.

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Current service robots have relatively primitive behaviours and limited interaction with the environment. Technological foresights have indicated that the next generation of service robots will demonstrate a high degree of autonomy and reliability, have minimal impact on the environment, and will interact in a flexible way with the user. It is necessary therefore, to determine the functional requirements for a future energy-efficient robotic bioproduction system from the perspective of various stakeholders, together with the development of a high-level framework for designing and prototyping the common functionalities of mobile robots. This study presents technical guidelines for the design of a plant nursing robot. The methodology uses Quality Function Deployment (QFD) functionalities involving the identification of relationships between identified user requirements and the derived design parameters. Extracted important user requirements included: 1) adjustable to row distance and parcel size, 2) profitable, 3) minimize damage to crops, and 4) reliable. Lower ratings were attributed to requirements such as: 1) affection value, prestige, 2) look attractive, 3) out of season operations, and 4) use of renewable energy. Subsequent important derived design parameters included: 1) PreparedForModularTools, 2) ControlableByExternalModules, 3) SemiAutonomous, and 4) Local- and GlobalPositioningSystem. The least important design parameters included: 1) OpenStandardSoftware, 2) Well-builtAppearance, 3) Wheels- With Infinite Steering Rotation, and 4) Internal Safety System. The study demonstrates the feasibility of applying a systematic design technique and procedures for translating the ‘consumer’s voice’ into the design and technical specifications of a robotic tool carrier to be used in bioproduction.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Weed management
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > WEEDS - Control of weeds in organic cropping
Denmark > SDU - University of Southern Denmark
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > AU, DJF - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Denmark > Other organizations
Deposited By: Nørremark, Michael
ID Code:20657
Deposited On:26 Mar 2012 13:14
Last Modified:18 Apr 2012 09:59
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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