Mechatronic design, manipulation and planning, fleet management, modelling problems.
Joshua is “passionate about all things robotics and engineering”. He is interested in applying robotics to everyday life and wants to transfer solutions found in the lab, to real world viability, with applicability to crop harvesting and efficient farming.
Optimal Control for a Agricultural Spraying Robot
In this project, the control of a weed spraying robot is formalised to maximise the efficiency of motion and the amount of weeds sprayed. Existing solutions are based on “stop and spray” techniques, where the robot stops before moving the sprayer, then spraying the weed and then continuing. In this work, the aim is formalise the motion planning of the arm in order to have continuous motion for the arm and robot base. This will then be evaluated on a simulated robot environment where the number of weeds successfully tracked and sprayed can be compared.