The consortium

The ROSE Challenge is jointly funded by the French Ministries of Agriculture and Ecological Transition, via the French Biodiversity Agency (AFB), and the Ministry of Research, via the French National Research Agency (ANR). The challenge is organised by LNE and Irstea.

French Biodiversity Agency (AFB)

The French Biodiversity Agency is a public organisation under the supervision of the Ministry for an Ecological and Solidary Transition. It works to support the implementation of public policy in the fields of knowledge about and the protection, management and restoration of terrestrial, aquatic and marine biodiversity. It supports public stakeholders and also works in close partnership with socio-economic players. It is also committed to reaching out to the public to engage citizens in favour of biodiversity.

French National Research Agency (ANR)

The French National Research Agency is a public administrative organisation under the supervision of the Ministry of Research. Working to serve the scientific community and those involved in research, the agency finances research projects in France. Through a competitive selection process in accordance with fundamental international principles, the ANR strives to:

  • contribute to the development of science and technology ;
  • promote creativity, openness, new ideas and partnerships ;
  • encourage interactions between disciplines and strengthen public-private links at a national, European and international level.

As such, the agency has set up a specific financing instrument called Challenge. Created in 2008, this system aims to encourage multiple teams to work simultaneously to find novel solutions to the same issue. It stimulates creativity, encourages researchers to challenge their ideas and promotes the establishment of standards to compare different approaches. Several teams are thus selected to examine the same scientific question, and receive funding to develop innovative solutions and test them at regular intervals during joint experiment campaigns, in a spirit of both cooperation and competition.

The organisers

The challenge is organised by LNE and Irstea

French National Laboratory for Metrology and Testing - LNE

LNE, the leading national metrology laboratory for industry, works to support companies in their quest for innovation and anticipate new measurement and testing requirements linked to technological developments and society’s new expectations in the fields of health, safety, quality and environmental protection.

Since 2008, LNE, as a trusted third party, has been performing evaluations in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics.

LNE is therefore providing the ROSE Challenge with its skills in organising evaluation campaigns, defining test scenarios and designing test environments and verified, annotated test databases, together with its expertise in metrology applied to AI to measure the performance of the intelligent systems evaluated in a rigorous, repeatable manner using metrics and uncertainty analysis.

French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture - Irstea

Irstea operates under the dual supervision of the French Ministries of Research and Agriculture. It focuses its research on water, environmental technology and land management and planning. Using a targeted research model, it aims to find responses to current and future environmental and societal challenges. It has been recognised as a Carnot Institute since 2006.
Irstea’s Clermont-Ferrand centre, and more particularly the “Information Technology and Systems for Agrosystems (TSCF)” research unit, conducts research, expert appraisals and tests in three major areas: Agricultural robotics, Digital agriculture and Spreading technologies, based mainly on engineering sciences and information and communication science and technology.

The TSCF research unit will contribute to the ROSE Challenge by allowing the use of the infrastructure at its Montoldre research and experiment site in the Allier département (experimental plots, metrology, information systems, amenities, etc.), where the evaluation campaigns will be organised.

In addition, Irstea is calling on the agronomic skills of the Higher education and research institute VetAgro Sup, whose involvement will include annotating/interpreting field data.

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