Harvesting and mowing operations are among the main potential stressors affecting wildlife within agricultural landscapes, leading to large animal losses. A number of studies have been conducted on harvesting practices to address the problem of wildlife mortality, providing a number of management actions or field area coverage strategies. Nevertheless, these are general rules limited to simple-shaped fields, and which are not applicable to more complex operational situations. The objectives of the present study were to design a system capable of deriving a wildlife avoidance driving pattern for any field shape complexity and field boundary conditions (in terms of escape and non-escape areas) and applicable to different animal behaviours. The assumed animal escape reactions are the result of the parameterization of a series of developed behavioural functions. This parameterization will be able to adapt any knowledge that is or might become available as a result of dedicated future experiments on animal behaviour for different species or different animal ages.
International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 2014, Vol 11, Issue 1
Field robotics; Operations management; Path planning; operations management; field robotics; path planning