Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering



Robotics for Lot Size of One


Dr. Ai-Ping Hu


Georgia Tech Research Institute


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 1:00:00 PM


MRDC Building, Room 4211


Dr. Jon Rogers


Robots have had their greatest impact to date operating in standardized environments such as car factories and electronics assembly plants. Their potential for robust operation in less structured, real-world settings has only begun to be realized. This seminar talk will present several case studies from the area of agricultural robotics. Unlike commodity farms (e.g., wheat, soybean, and corn), specialty farms (fruits and nuts) have largely not yet benefited from automation. The technology gap is analogous to the one between mass manufacturing and the production of handmade goods. The former takes place in a standardized environment and handles uniform products while the latter deals with a lot size of one. Examples will include recent research on the development of a chicken-deboning robot, a swinging robot (nicknamed “Tarzan”) for crop inspection and harvesting, and automated fruit picking.


AI-PING HU is a senior research engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He worked at a start-up robotics company spun out of Georgia Tech for a number of years before joining GTRI in 2009. His current research interests are in the areas of controls and robotics for agricultural applications.