Recently intensive poultry farming has been radically changed by the use of electronics and automation. This has led to a significant reduction in human activity during the whole production cycle. However, some tasks cannot be automatized yet, therefore humans must perform them manually. For instance, in order to ensure proper and healthy housing, the animals which die during the growth process must be promptly removed. Animal removal is time-consuming as, in general, it is repeated daily and multiple times. This project aims at building a wheeled robot (APOLLO 18) to the end of further boosting poultry farm automation. Our early-stage prototype integrates mechanics, electronics, computer vision and cutting-edge technology such as artificial intelligence with the purpose of enabling a robotized and autonomous dead animal collection with applications to poultry farms. So far the robot operates in a controlled environment, but its designers have been working to make it suitable for real applications.
Brugnolo G., Andretta G, Pontarolo S., Bassi F., Marenda A., Donadello k. e Fumene Feruglio P.
Authors are students of the ITS Academy meccatronico veneto program. The supervisor is a PhD with a major in electrical engineering.
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