Partner Project “Anticipating Human Behavior” has been extended for second phase

Great news for one of our partner projects! The German Research Foundation extends the research unit 2535 “Anticipating Human Behavior” for three more years. Since 2017, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gall and his team of researchers have been developing methods on how to analyse complex interactions between humans and robots as well as examine new technologies for service robots. Their goal is to create a framework that is able to anticipate human actions and the resulting future situations. Here, you can find out more about the project.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gall on the right

PhenoRob Acquires Funding for an International Summer School in Bonn in 2021

Another milestone for PhenoRob and the agricultural research community: Together with two of the leading universities of the world, ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Lincoln University in the UK, PhenoRob will host the International Summer School “Agricultural Robotics” at the University of Bonn from August 23-27, 2021. “We are very happy about the generous funding by the DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. The Summer School will be a wonderful opportunity for our Master’s and PhD students to get valuable insights into the excellent research that is being done in PhenoRob”, says Nora Berning, Chief Administrative Officer of the Cluster of Excellence PhenoRob. Over the course of five days, 40 young researchers will have the chance to participate in scientific workshops, discussions, trainings and joint activities led by the Cluster’s researchers. The topics covered in the workshops include Machine Learning, Graph-based Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), Robot Perception, Economics of Robotics and Sensing Applications in Agriculture and many more. In light of the excellent line-up, the Cluster is very much looking forward to a productive, informative and memorable week next summer.

PhenoRob PhD student Jan Weyler

Prof. Dr. Frank Ewert recognized as one of the most influential scientists in the field of Agricultural Science

According to the international ranking “Highly Cited Researchers 2020”, one of our Principal Investigators Prof. Dr. Frank Ewert belongs to the top 1% of researchers worldwide. His scientific papers and his academic work are leading the way in his field of Agricultural Sciences and influence the research of numerous scientists around the world. You can read about the full ranking here and review the publications of Prof. Dr. Ewert here.

Prof. Dr. Frank Ewert, Principal Investigator PhenoRob
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PhenoRob PhD student Christoph Pahmeyer wins 2020 DIGICROP Best Video Award

In the closing session of the virtual conference DIGICROP2020, the spokespersons of the Cluster of Excellence, Heiner Kuhlmann and Cyrill Stachniss, announced the winner of the Best Video Award – Christoph Pahmeyer. Christoph, PhD student in the Cluster of Excellence “PhenoRob”, wins the award for his video “Fruchtfolge: A crop rotation decision support system” in the category “short trailer”. You can watch his award-winning trailer here. Christoph has created a short guide on how to create great videos and was so kind as to share his blog post with us. You can read Christoph’s helpful advice here. Thanks, Christoph, and congratulations!

DIGICROP2020 attracts 950 participants and generates over 8,500 views of the videos

The new flagship conference DIGICROP organized by the Cluster of Excellence “PhenoRob” has attracted 950 registered participants from all over the world. The live event on November 10 was organized in three parallel tracks which were continuously visited by 200-250 participants. The 51 video talks and 6 keynotes which covered a wide range of different topics were streamed live into ZOOM via a central conferencing system set up by the Cluster. In contrast to a classical conference format, the organizers opted for longer Q&A sessions to enable interesting discussions on the topic of the conference. As of November 10, the video talks have already generated over 8,500 views. All talks are freely accessible on the conference website at Open access to all talks gives even those who have missed the live event an excellent opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of the field of digital technologies for sustainable crop production.  

Members of the PhenoRob technical support team stream live into all four corners of the world.

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.

Program of the new digital conference DIGICROP 2020 out now: Save your spot and register online

6 keynotes, 52 video talks, 12 panels, and 3 parallel tracks: An impressive line-up including speakers from a wide range of different disciplines, the DIGICROP2020 presents the latest developments and trends in the field of “Digital Technologies for Sustainable Crop Production” from November 1-10, 2020. The three parallel tracks revolve around three distinct, yet interrelated, research areas and foci: TECH, SYSTEM, and PHENO. The keynotes by renowned international scientists are somewhat broader in scope and cross disciplinary borders by integrating several research areas and themes. 

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