Neural Computing and Applications

, Volume 31, Supplement 1, pp 583–595 | Cite as

Control of unmanned agricultural vehicles using neural network-based control system

  • İkbal EskiEmail author
  • Zeynel Abidin Kuş
Original Article


Recent advances in the fields of robotics, control systems, and wireless communication technologies have accelerated the studies related with unmanned agricultural vehicles. The unmanned agricultural vehicles have been developed to perform various functions in agricultural fields such as seeding, spraying, hoeing, weed and pest control, and harvest. Given the reduction in the number of people working in agriculture and industry, it is obvious that intelligent unmanned agricultural vehicles will be an indispensable part of agriculture in the future. In this paper, PID controller and model-based neural network PID control system has been applied for controlling an unmanned agricultural vehicle. To test the performance of control structures developed, three different input signals were used. When the results of both control structures were examined in the way of transient-state response (such as rise time, settling time, peak time, peak value, settling time) and steady-state response, the control system produced had favorable results.


Unmanned agricultural vehicles PID controller Neural network Model-based neural network 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Engineering Faculty, Mechatronics Engineering DepartmentErciyes UniversityKayseriTurkey
  2. 2.Agriculture Faculty, Biosystems Engineering DepartmentErciyes UniversityKayseriTurkey

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