Farm Robotics Challenge 

Get ready to explore the cutting-edge world of agricultural technology with the Farm Robotics Challenge. Student teams will showcase their engineering, computer science, and critical thinking abilities by programming a farm robot using the Farm-Ng platform. Organized by AI Institute for Next Gen Food Systems (AIFS), UC ANR VINE, Fresno-Merced Future of Food (F3) Innovation, and Farm-ng, this challenge presents real-life farm automation scenarios for students to gain hands-on experience with the practical application of robotics in agriculture.

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The Farm Robotics Challenge is an innovative program that invites teams of students from participating universities and colleges across the United States to create new solutions for on-farm challenges. With a focus on small-farm applications, participants will utilize the state-of-the-art Amiga robot to integrate robotics into agricultural research to accelerate use-inspired translation. This challenge provides a unique opportunity for hands-on interdisciplinary collaboration and aims to grow student interest in the field of ag robotics


Team solutions must address a production farming topic on any crop(s) or size of farm, with a desired focus on small farms. Specific challenges aree pre-identified for teams to choose from, or teams may choose to create additional or custom functionality to solve a self-identified challenge. Challenges will fit into one or more of the following categories:

  • Autonomy
    • Course navigation
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Vision and sensing
    • Dataset collection
  • Attachment
    • Implement development for farm tasks

Judging Criteria

Teams will be judged on the following criteria, with a grand prize and several specific prizes for top teams in each category.

  • Accuracy and completeness
  • Design elegance and ease of use
  • Safety
  • Interdisciplinary inclusion
  • Societal and economic impact
  • Cost
  • Commercial and market potential




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