Concept of a Test Environment for the Automated Evaluation of Algorithms for Robust and Reliable Environment Perception
Editors: Barbara Sturm, Henning Meyer
In LAND.TECHNIK 2022 The Forum for Agricultural Engineering Innovations, (LAND.TECHNIK-2022), 25.2.-25.2.2022, virtuell, VDI Verlag GmbH, Feb/2022. VDI Wissensforum + European Society of Agricultural Engineering (EurAgEng). ISBN: 978-3-18-092395-6.
In agriculture processes harsh and uncertain surroundings conflict with a reliable interpretation of the environment by conventional sensor systems. Influences like rain, dust, dazzling light or variety of plant and soil characteristics lead to the need of robust methods for environment perception. To make the journey from research prototypes to sensor systems suitable for in-dustry, an evaluation environment is built up within the BMEL-funded research project AI-TEST-FIELD.
In this paper the concept of a rail-based carrier system is described. For designing an auto-mated testbed, a model of the carrier is created within a simulation environment. Different scenarios and objects that are typical for agricultural settings were evaluated in a survey. To develop and evaluate AI-based algorithms for multiple sensors with different measurement principles, a machine-learning pipeline was added. To automatically find ground truth and label the sensor data with as little manual work as possible, surveying of the test field is needed.