Robotics, automation and associated technologies

The lecture on robotics and automated technology took place at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

University of Lincoln experts Prof Tom Duckett and Prof Simon Pearson explained how robotics and other automated technology will help UK farmers make arable farming more efficient.


Professor Tom Duckett

Tom Duckett is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln, UK, where he also leads the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems.

His research interests include autonomous robots, artificial intelligence and machine perception, with applications including agriculture and assistive technologies.

He worked previously at the Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, Örebro University, Sweden, where he led the Learning Systems Laboratory.

He obtained his PhD in the AI Group at the University of Manchester, UK. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked developing and supporting software solutions for the fresh food industry.

Professor Simon Pearson

Professor Simon Pearson is the Founding Director of the Lincoln Institute of Agri Food Technology (LIAT) at the University of Lincoln. LIAT facilitates and helps conduct cross disciplinary research that supports the needs of the food and farming industry.

Ongoing work includes significant projects in agri robotics, including the development of robotic harvesting machinery and fleets of small autonomous field robots and numerous applications of robotics in food processing environments.

LIAT’s reach includes the use of ground-based robots to calibrate satellite remote sensing. The research has three themes: agri robotics and engineering, biological systems and agri water.

Prior to joining LIAT, Simon was the MD of a farming company in Lincolnshire and has been a technologist with Marks and Spencer as well as a Lecturer in Crop Physiology at the University of Reading.



Register for 'What next for biocontrol?'

From pest-busting bacteria to supercharged crop growth, the science of biocontrol is seeking to use beneficial insects and microbes to improve yields and reduce loses from pests and disease.

Find out more in this Arable Horizons interactive talk.

Date: TBA
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Register for 'Exploiting climate change for UK farmers'

One of the biggest challenges set to impact farmers in the future is the changing climate. This lecture will examine the implications of a changing climate for British agriculture, what it means for what we grow and how we grow it, and a look at some pioneering research projects.

Date: 22 June 2017
Location: British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

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