Companion Transporter: A Co-worker in the Greenhouse

  • Alireza NematiEmail author
  • Dongjie Zhao
  • Wanyue Jiang
  • Shuzhi Sam Ge
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11876)


Demands to produce food is increasing every day in China, and greenhouses are a part of the solution to solve this problem. The tough condition, long working hours, and working alone in the small greenhouses, makes the work environment more unpleasant compare to many other work fields. In this paper, we present a smart robot for carrying the payloads in the greenhouses. Moreover, the robot is a companion robot and an assistant to the workers. The robot can socially interact with the workers, make conversation with them, answer to the work related questions, and receive orders through voice commands. Social interaction and communication with the robot, make more delightful work environment for the workers, who mostly work alone in a small greenhouse. Main brain of the robot is online and the robot have access to the server through the 4G network. The robot become more intelligent as working in the greenhouse without any need to become updated by the users. As well as reducing the mental pressure, the robot decrease the pressure of physical work by carrying the cargos and materials in the greenhouse. The aim of this project is to put a true co-worker in the small greenhouses.


Small greenhouse Transportation robot Social interaction Companion robot Assistant robot 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Future (IFF), Qingdao UniversityQingdaoChina
  2. 2.Social Robotics LaboratoryNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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