Call for Participation
The ACRE dry-run event: call for participation
16th - 17th October 2020 – Montoldre Field Experimental INRAE (FR) will host the dry-run event of ACRE (Agri-food Competition for Robot Evaluation). The event comprises the dry-run of the competition and a workshop.
In ACRE, autonomous robots and smart implements compete to demonstrate their ability to perform agricultural tasks (such as removing weeds in the row or surveying crops down to individual-plant resolution) requiring autonomous capabilities (such as discriminating crops from weeds or moving through crops without damaging the plants). These abilities are crucial for the transition of Europe to Agriculture 4.0, where precision agriculture is supported by Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
ACRE is a benchmarking competition where innovative devices are tested in real-world agricultural activities and performance is evaluated according to rigorous scientific and metrological criteria to provide objective and repeatable results. Stakeholders will be able to quantitatively measure progress over time and in comparison to others, and use ACRE results as well-defined technical specifications to certify the performance of their machines.
The ACRE benchmarks
The set of benchmarks prepared by ACRE comprises:
Plant discrimination: decide which plants of a row are weeds and which are crops
Field navigation: move through a cultivation without damaging the crop
Leaf area estimation: estimate the leaf area of the plants along a cultivated row
Weed destruction: destroy unwanted plants (weeds) in intra-row without damaging wanted ones (crops)
Biomass estimation: estimate above-ground crop biomass
Intra-row weeding: perform fully autonomous intra-row weeding of a row (i.e., eliminate the weeds located among the crop plants of a row without damaging the crop)
Crop mapping: produce a map of an entire cultivation by exploring it autonomously
Among these the final 3 ACRE benchmarks will be chosen, according to the requirements of the participants to the ACRE dry-run event. The 1st ACRE Field Competition (Montoldre, June 2021) will have participants compete on the execution of the chosen benchmarks.
On October 17th 2020, from 10:00 to 12:00 CET, ACRE organizes an online workshop to introduce the ACRE Competition.