Claus G. Smitt

Tel: +49 – 228 – 73 – 2597
Office: Nussallee 5, EG, room 0.014

University of Bonn
Agricultural Robotics & Engineering, ILT
Nussallee 5
53115 Bonn




Explicitly Incorporating Spatial Information to Recurrent Networks for Agriculture
Leveraging widely available robot sensor data in agriculture to explicitly exploit Spatial-Temporal cues to improve deep neural network monitoring systems.


PATHoBot: A Robot for Glasshouse Crop Phenotyping and Intervention

Fruit/crop couting tracking and area estiamtion

Research Interests

  • Agriculture Robotics
  • 3D Crop Mapping
  • Machine Learning
  • Autonomous Navigation

Short CV


Claus Smitt is a Research Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Bonn, working in the Agricultural Robotics & Engineering department of the Institut für Landtechnik since January 2020. He received his Electrical Engineering Degree from Universidad Nacional de Rosario in 2014 and his Master’s degree from Instituto Balseiro in 2016, both in Argentina. For the next, 2 years he worked developing robotic inspection systems for the nuclear industry at CNEA also in Argentina. During 2019 he worked for iRobot in Pasadena, CA on developing Visual SLAM & Sensor fusion algorithms for consumer robots.


  • Python Applied to Machine Learning
  • MSc Project Mobile Sensing & Robotics
  • MSc Project Technology & precision Farming


C. Smitt, M. Halstead, A. Ahmadi, C. McCool, “Explicitly Incorporating Spatial Information to Recurrent Networks for Agriculture”, in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), to be presented in IROS 2022, Oct. 2022. Paper; Code

M. Halstead, A. Ahmadi, C. Smitt, O. Schmittmann, C. McCool, “Crop Agnostic Monitoring Driven by Deep Learning”, Frontiers in plant science 12, Dec. 2021. Paper

T. Zaenker, C. Smitt, C. McCool, M. Bennewitz, “Viewpoint Planning for Fruit Size and Position Estimation”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Oct. 2021. Paper

C. Smitt, M. Halstead, T. Zaenker, M. Bennewitz, C. McCool, “PATHoBot: A Robot for Glasshouse Crop Phenotyping and Intervention”, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 2021. Paper

J. Tarrio, C. Smitt, S. Pedre. “SE-SLAM: Semi-Dense Structured Edge-Based Monocular SLAM”, ArXiv preprint, Sept. 2019. Paper

J. Tarrio, C. Smitt, S. Pedre. “Odometría Visual Monocular para Generar Mapas Navegables en Tiempo Real a Bordo de UAVs”. Proceedings of the IX Jornadas Argentinas de Robótica (JAR), Nov. 2017.

C. Smitt, C. Trujillo, J. Tarrio, S. Pedre. “Generic Embedded Drivers for Robotic Tele-Manipulator Joints”. Proceedings of the 16 Reunión de Trabajo en Procesamiento de la Información y Control (RPIC), Oct. 2015. Paper