BIO-ROBOTICS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND INTELLIGENT CONTROL FOR BIOPRODUCTION SYSTEMS 2000Author: S. Shibusawa , Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan M. Monta , Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan H. Murase , College of Agriculture, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan
Publish date: July 2001
This Proceedings contains papers presented at the 2nd IFAC/CIGR International Workshop on 'Bio-Robotics, Information Technology and Intelligent Control for Bioproduction Systems' which was held at Sakai, Osaka, Japan, from November 25-26, 2000. The purpose of the ”BIO-ROBOTICS II” workshop was to provide a forum for the presentation of new approaches and results in the study of bioproduction robots, including automated and autonomous machine systems with or without manipulators, information-oriented technology to deal with variability, and intelligence technology for bioproduction systems. The discussions at the workshop focussed on the development of new automated bioproduction systems and the commercialization of various robots. To realize automated bioproduction systems, such as cultivating a field, many kinds of sensing system are obviously required to describe or recognize complex objects, and similar applications are needed in many areas of bio-robotics research. Precision farming and greenhouse technology are new integrated applications that use a systems approach to manage the spatial and temporal variability that is inherent in bioproduction systems.The presentation, discussion and exchange of knowledge, experience and inspiration among the participants during the workshop should aid solutions on global issues such as food shortage, global warming, pollution, and ecosystem instability. These proceedings will also contribute to improving the quality of research and to widen the application fields of bio-robotics, information technology and intelligent control for Bioproduction Systems.