Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - CR (504) AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING
057846 - DRONES FOR AGRICULTURE
The course aims at presenting drone technology for agricultural applications, covering the topic both from a technological and from an operational viewpoint. More precisely following a general introduction the main considered topics are: overview of drone configurations, principles of operation, mission analysis and sizing; introduction to payloads, in terms of sensors and actuators for agricultural applications; metrics for data analysis and corresponding tools; main aspects related to drone operations and corresponding regulatory issues; laboratory activities.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
Lectures and exercise sessions will allow students to:
- Understand drone technology, with specific reference to agricultural applications. - Understand the principles of operation of the main payloads used for agricultural applications. - Familiarise with the main operational issues associated with the use of drones in agriculture.
Part 1 - Introduction Introduction to drone technology; the drone market; introduction to agricultural applications using fixed-wing and multirotor drones: soil and field analysis, crop monitoring, health assessment, irrigation, crop spraying, aerial planting.
Part 2 - Drones Overview of drones: configurations (fixed-wing, multirotor, VTOL), principles of operation and main characteristics; subsystem decomposition; mission analysis and sizing; development and application of sizing tools; sizing examples for typical agricultural applications.
Part 3 – Payloads Sensors: Overview of sensors for agricultural applications; RGB sensors, thermal infrared sensors, multispectral sensors; sensor selection criteria; integration aspects. Actuators: Overview of actuators for agricultural applications; distribution of liquids, capsules, powders, granulates; biological control; pollination.
Part 4 – Data analysis Vegetative indices and their calculation; numerical examples; available software tools.
Part 5 – Operations Regulations: national, European and international rules; best practices for operations.
Part 6 – In-field laboratory activities Mission requirement analysis; drone specification; drone design and prototyping; payload integration; in-field testing; data post-processing.
The students will be able to choose between a written exam covering all the course topics or a project related to drone technology and its application in agriculture. During the exam the students shall demonstrate that:
- they understand the fundamentals of drone technology; - they have acquired a basic understanding of the principles of operation of the payloads used for agriculture; - they have learned how to set up a drone system for a given agricultural operation.
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