PhenoRob Paper wins IROS2020 Best Paper Award

Dario Gogoll, Phillip Lottes, Jan Weyler, Cyrill Stachniss and Nik Petrinic have won the IROS2020 Best Paper Award on Agri-Robotics with their paper: Unsupervised Domain Adaption for Transferring Plant Classification Systems to New Field Environments, Crops, and Robotics. The paper proposes an effective approach to unsupervised domain adaption for plant segmentation systems in agriculture and thus to adapt existing systems to new environments, different value crops, and other farm robots. The IROS Best Paper Award is a program which supports academic researchers in the area of Intelligent Robots and Systems. Check out the paper trailer video if you want to learn more about this contribution and join Dario Gogoll’s presentation at DIGICROP2020 on November 10, 2020 in the session on “Machine Learning for the Field“. Congratulations to the authors!

PhenoRob Visiting Professor Nik Petrinic from Oxford University

Nik Petrinic (right) with Cyrill Stachniss (left) after his presentation at the University of Bonn.

We are happy to host Nik Petrinic from Oxford University as a PhenoRob Visiting Professor. Nik is a Professor of Engineering Science and a Royal Academy Chair of Impact Engineering. He gained his Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics from the University of Swansea in 1996, following his Dipl.Ing. in Structural Engineering from Croatia’s University of Zagreb. He joined the University of Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in Engineering Science in 1998. Among his duties as a Professor of Engineering Science, he was a Visiting Scientist at EMI-Fraunhofer in Freiburg, Germany, a consultant with Rolls-Royce plc, and is now visiting the Cluster of Excellence PhenoRob at the University of Bonn, Germany.

Next PhenoRob Seminar Series with external guests


The 14th edition of the PhenoRob Seminar Series will feature talks by two external speakers. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwaneberg, Head of the Institute of Biotechnology at RWTH Aachen, will present novel concepts in the area of protein engineering for innovations in plant health. Philipp Lottes, founder of the startup Pheno-Inspect and researcher at the Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation at the University of Bonn, will provide insights in his experience from founding an agritech startup.

March 13, 2020, 10:00 – 12:00
Location: Nussallee 17, HS XVI, Bonn