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Human-robot skills transfer interface for UAV-based precision pesticide in dynamic environments

Xuanyi Zhou (Central South University, Changsha, China and Department of College of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China)
Jilin He (Central South University, Changsha, China)
Dingping Chen (Central South University, Changsha, China)
Junsong Li (Central South University, Changsha, China)
Chunshan Jiang (Central South University, Changsha, China)
Mengyuan Ji (Central South University, Changsha, China)
Miaolei He (Central South University, Changsha, China)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 13 May 2021

Issue publication date: 22 July 2021




Nowadays, the global agricultural system is highly dependent on the widespread use of synthetic pesticides to control diseases, weeds and insects. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is deployed as a major part of integrated pest management in a precision agriculture system for accurately and cost-effectively distributing pesticides to resist crop diseases and insect pests.


With multimodal sensor fusion applying adaptive cubature Kalman filter, the position and velocity are enhanced for the correction and accuracy. A dynamic movement primitive is combined with the Gaussian mixture model to obtain numerous trajectories through the teaching of a demonstration. Further, to enhance the trajectory tracking accuracy under an uncertain environment of the spraying, a novel model reference adaptive sliding mode control approach is proposed for motion control.


Experimental studies have been carried out to test the ability of the proposed interface for the pesticides in the crop fields. The effectiveness of the proposed interface has been demonstrated by the experimental results.


To solve the path planning problem of a complex unstructured environment, a human-robot skills transfer interface is introduced for the UAV that is instructed to follow a trajectory demonstrated by a human teacher.



Zhou, X., He, J., Chen, D., Li, J., Jiang, C., Ji, M. and He, M. (2021), "Human-robot skills transfer interface for UAV-based precision pesticide in dynamic environments", Assembly Automation, Vol. 41 No. 3, pp. 345-357.



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