Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

Autonomous systems

The group's research focuses on heavy duty semiautonomous machines and mobile robotics, mainly in agriculture and forestry. Other important methodological research topics are software design for networked automation systems and HMIs for mobile machines.
Autonomous systems Group

For forest harvesters, a perception system that is capable of forest SLAM, i.e. mapping the trees and localizing the machine, has been developed. The group has developed different utilizing schemes for the tree map information. Stereo vision and image sequence analysis, i.e. motion vision, have an important role in these developments.

Robotization of silvicultural machines has been studied. The aim is to recognize the young trees that should be left to grow, and other trees that can be cut down, with the help of machine vision and laser scanners, as well as instrumentation and automatic motion control of the forestry boom. The developments have been tested with real machines.

For agricultural tractor and implement combinations, several prototypes of ISOBUS networked (ISO 11783) control systems for implements have been realized, in which automatic GPS based precision agriculture, semiautomatic integrated control and control system development have been studied and demonstrated. Path planning, automatic navigation and model predictive control path tracking have been developed.

Several small agricultural field robots have been built in student projects, which have participated in European Field Robot Event contest. A full-scale agricultural field robot is used to study online path planning.

The group is led by Professor Arto Visala.

Projects

Group members

Arto Visala

Arto Visala

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Professor
Kai Zenger

Kai Zenger

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Senior University Lecturer

Mika Vainio

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Research Fellow

Matti Öhman

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate

Mikko Vihlman

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate

Pekka Forsman

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
University Lecturer

Zainab Saleem

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate

Andrei Sandru

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate

Hoang Nguyen Khac

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate

Issouf Ouattara

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate

Tero Hänninen

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate

Juha Tervo

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Doctoral Candidate

Latest publications

Power Systems and High Voltage Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, School services, ELEC, Illumination Engineering, Electronics Integration and Reliability, Autonomous Systems, Computational Electromechanics, Industrial and Power Electronics
Publishing year: 2019 YLIOPISTOPEDAGOGIIKKA
Autonomous Systems, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Publishing year: 2019
Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Autonomous Systems
Publishing year: 2019
Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Autonomous Systems
Publishing year: 2018
Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Autonomous Systems
Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Field Robotics
Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Department of Civil Engineering, Autonomous Systems
Publishing year: 2018
Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Autonomous Systems
Publishing year: 2017
Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Autonomous Systems
Publishing year: 2017 Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Esa Kallio Group, Autonomous Systems
Publishing year: 2017
Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Autonomous Systems
Publishing year: 2017 IFAC-PapersOnLine
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