January 2020

Our final paper about the SWEEPER robot, which encloses all results, was published by the Journal of Field Robotics (Open Access). 

"Development of a sweet pepper harvesting robot" by Boaz Arad, Jos Balendonck, Ruud Bart,h Ohad Ben‐Shahar, Yael Edan, Thomas Hellström, Jochen Hemming, Polina Kurtser, Ola Ringdahl, Toon Tielen, Bart van Tuijl.

J Field Robotics. 2020; 1– 13.



December 2018

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

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

Come and see the The Sweeper robot at the Wageningen University & Reserarch Agro Food Robotics Booth 26 ‘Hands-free production’ at the AgriFoodTech 2018 www.agrifoodtech.nl, December 12-13, 2018, Brabanthallen ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

November 2018

We have launched two more video clips om our Videos page One of the demo at PSKW and one of the demo at De Tuindershoek.

The project was accomplished at 31st of October.

October 2018

Sweeper is presented at the IROS (IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) 2018 in Madrid from 1st to 5th of October. Read more...

September 2018

  • A News article has just been published on the CORDIS website of the European Commision in six languages at: https://cordis.europa.eu/news/rcn/129962_en.html?WT.mc_id=exp
  • The SWEEPER harvesting robot was shown last Wednesday, 12th of September 2018, to growers, the industry and researchers at the Research Station for Vegetable Production PSKW at St. Katelijne Waver in Belgium.  Read more...

August 2018


Live robot demonstration event September 12th 2018 at the Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt in Sint-Katelijne-Waver (Belgium)
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Live robot demonstratie op woensdag 12 september 2018 op het Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt in Sint-Katelijne-Waver (België)

July 2018


On July 4th 2018 the SWEEPER consortium gave the first live demonstration of its sweet pepper harvesting robot. The international press, growers and representatives from the high-tech horticulture sector were present. With over 40 attendances, the event was a great success. Read more...


Op 4 juli 2018 gaf het SWEEPER-consortium de eerste live demonstratie van haar paprika-oogstrobot. De internationale pers, telers en vertegenwoordigers uit de hightech tuinbouwsector waren aanwezig. Met meer dan 40 aanwezigheden was het evenement een groot succes. Meer lezen...

June 2018

On Wednesday, July 4th 2018 from 15:00 to 18:00, growers, suppliers and the press can see the first live demonstration of the SWEEPER pepper harvesting robot. This demonstration will be given at the commercial greenhouse "De Tuindershoek" in IJsselmuiden, one of the partners in this international research project. _

Demonstration event 4th of July 2018: Read more....

September 12th 2018

For those not able to attend this demonstration, a second demonstration will be held at the Proefstation voor de Groententeelt in Sint-Katelijne-Waver (Belgium) on September 12th


September 2017

CORDIS has placed a web article about Sweeper on their website.

REELER logo The SWEEPER consortium has established collaboration 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.

April 2017

Newsletter April 2017 about collecting image data to improve algorithms and visual servo control experiments.

November 2016

SWEEPER-paper is hot: the scientific paper “Design of an eye-in-hand sensing and servo control framework for harvesting robotics in dense vegetation”, is listed in the five most downloaded articles read more....

February 2016

Newsletter February 2016

October 2015

Newsletter October 2015

May 27, 2015

World’s first pepper-picking robot heralds new era, has now been published in Horizon Magazine.

February 12, 2015

The Kick-off meeting SWEEPER was held on February 12th and 13th, 2015 in Wageningen, The Netherlands

February 4, 2015

Wageningen UR published a press release about the start of the SWEEPER project (English and Dutch)

February 1, 2015:

The official project start is 1st of February 2015.