Harvesting Robot
Artist Impression
Sweet-pepper crop
in the greenhouse

ICT Robotic Use Cases project in the H2020 programme of the EU

SWEEPER’s main objective is to put the first generation greenhouse harvesting robots onto the market. Until now this has never been achieved and it will ensure Europe’s leading role in agricultural robotics.

In modern greenhouses there is a high demand to automate labour. The availability of a skilled workforce that accepts repetitive tasks in the harsh climate conditions of a greenhouse is decreasing rapidly. The current state of the art in automated harvesting of fruits and vegetables has remained remarkably stationary in the past decades. In the EU-FP7-project CROPS (www.crops-robots.eu) extensive research has been performed on agricultural robotics. One of the applications was a sweet pepper harvesting robot. SWEEPER will use the technology developed in CROPS to introduce, test and validate a robotic harvesting solution for sweet pepper under real-world conditions.

The project involves 6 partners from 4 different countries (The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Israel). The consortium consist out of fundamental and applied research organisations, a system integrator and a modern grower of sweet pepper. In the consortium a wide-range of disciplines are available, including: horticulture, horticultural engineering, machine vision, sensing, robotics, control, intelligent systems, software architecture, system integration and greenhouse crop management.

On February 16th-17th, 2016 the SWEEPER consortium held its 3rd general meeting at the Umeå University in Sweden. Partners presented their progress after the first year of research and development.

Read here the Newsletter February 2016.

November 2016: our scientific paper “Design of an eye-in-hand sensing and servo control framework for harvesting robotics in dense vegetation”, is listed in the five most downloaded Biosystems Engineering articles...read more.


Selected manipulator used to acquire real-world images at
De Tuindershoek in October 2015


First setup of the robot in front of the artificial sweet pepper crop in
laboratory of Wageningen University and Research Center in January 2016.


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