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    Research project PUMAgri

    Mobile universal platform for the agriculture

     

    Team: 

    Dynamic and discrete events and Optimization

    and

    Information, Signal, Image Processing and Life Sciences

     

    Labeling: VEGEPOLYS innovation center and VIA MECA center


    Term: 4 years (24/07/2015 au 30/09/2019)

     

    Funding: Fonds Unique Interministériel (FUI)

     

    LARIS staff involved:

    Dynamic and discrete events and Optimization

    Rémy Guyonneau, Laurent Hardouin, Sébastien Lagrange

     

    Information, Signal, Image Processing and Life Sciences

    Étienne Belin, François Chapeau-Blondeau

     

    and Ali Ahmad (project studies engineer)

     

    Project partners: SITIA (44) - porteur du projet, IRSTEA (63), Effidence (63), la coopérative TERRENA (44), la Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture de Bretagne (35) et Visio Nerf (49)

     


    During its 20th call for projects, the Fonds Unique Interministériel (FUI) has selected PUMAgri, a robotics project supported and labeled by VEGEPOLYS innovation center , and co-accredited by the VIA MECA center, for the progress it has made in terms of competitiveness and productivity of farms.

    In a context of emergence of new technologies and anticipated evolution of the robotics market, the world of agricultural machinery is at the dawn of profound mutations synonymous with opportunities. Competitiveness of the farms, protection of the environment or reduction of labor difficulties are all issues to be taken into account. PUMAgri, the Universal Mobile Platform for Agriculture, aims today to meet these needs by offering farmers a versatile and innovative robotic solution.

    A consortium of 7 industrial, technical and academic partners has committed for a period of 3 years, around a program of 3.5 million euros, devoted to agricultural robotics. This consortium brings together specialists in robotics: SITIA (44), project leader, IRSTEA (63) and Effidence (63), as well as experts from the agricultural world, the TERRENA cooperative (44) and the Chambre Régionale d'Agriculture de Bretagne (35) and specialists in vision, LARIS - University of Angers (49) and Visio Nerf (49). The main challenges of the grouping relate to the improvement of the reliability of the robotic systems (particularly on the aspects of the security and the visual perception of the robot) and their autonomy.

    A project that responds to a real need for the agricultural sector

    PUMAgri, a new generation intelligent machine, will be autonomous and able to adapt to difficult conditions, with more power than current robots. The development of the mobile robot was based on concrete scenarios identified with agricultural specialists, including weeding. PUMAgri will contribute to an improvement of the quality of life of the farmers: reduction of the drudgery of the agricultural tasks and significant reduction of the quantities of herbicides used. This last asset contributes itself to the achievement of the objectives of the Ecophyto plan put in place by the government following the Grenelle de l'environnement. The consortium aims to roll out its robotic solution in market gardening, viticulture, arboriculture and even field crops, with 500 machines sold by 2023. More than 50 direct jobs would result from the PUMAgri project.

    The strategy proposed by SITIA, the project leader, is based on a real development of France in this market targeted by European and global leaders. "Designed by and for farmers, this system will fulfill, by its modularity, multiple functions, allowing a quick return on investment" explains Sébastien Rubrecht, who will be in charge of coordination within SITIA, the project leader.