Harvesting Robot
Artist Impression
Sweet-pepper crop
in the greenhouse

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

The SWEEPER project was accomplished December 31, 2018; all research activities stopped at that moment.

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

You can find answers to frequentlly asked questions about the project on this Sweeper FAQ page!

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.

In January 2020 the final scientific paper about the SWEEPER robot was published by the Journal of Field Robotics (Open Access): https://doi.org/10.1002/rob.21937


Developed robot system harvesting peppers (July 2018)


Developped robot system in the greenhouse (July 2018)


After the first demo event on 4th of July 2018, a new video was released. Also, the presentation handouts are available.


 REELER logo The SWEEPER consortium collaborates with the interdisciplinary H2020-project REELER. REELER aims to assure collaboration, comprehension and acceptance of SSH research-based knowledge about distributed responsibility, ethical and societal issues relating to robotics.


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