Robotics, automation and associated technologies

April 26, 2017 – National Space Centre, Leicester

Agenda for the day

17.30 – 18.00
(30 mins)
Drinks reception and bite to eat
Drinks and nibbles will be provided for guests on arrival, with the chance for delegates to network before the formal start of the evening.
18.00 – 18.10
(10 mins)
Introduction from Farmers Weekly Editor, Karl Schneider

Karl Schneider will introduce the evening: the idea behind the project, the topic, speakers and guests, partnership with Syngenta, and opportunities for interactivity throughout the talk.

18.10 – 18.50
(40 mins)
Prof Tom Duckett presents ‘Robotics, automation and associated technologies’ Arable Horizons talk

University of Lincoln professor and Head of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Tom Duckett presents an introductory overview of the current use of robotics and associated technologies in agriculture and what some of the recent/future advances could mean for UK farmers. Prof. Duckett will talk about some of his own research and how we can work with other industries to make the integration of new machinery and technology into the farmers’ everyday toolkit as simple and productive as possible.

18.50 – 19.15
(25 mins)
Prof Simon Pearson presents a talk on the most exciting future agricultural technology projects

University of Lincoln professor and Founding Director of the Lincoln Institute of Agri Food Technology Simon Pearson presents his talk on some of the specific projects focussed on novel robotics and machinery, their integration into the UK agriculture industry and what it could mean for the farmer on the ground.

19.15 – 20.00
(45 mins)
Interactive session with Prof Tom Duckett, Prof Simon Pearson & Karl Schneider
Karl Schneider will chair the interactive session in which the panel will take questions on the topics of robotics and associated technologies from the audience, both from guests in the room and those watching online.
20.00 – 20.20
(20 mins)
Presentation from Syngenta on their work in robotics and the potential for the future
A Syngenta expert will present on what they as an organisation are doing in the area of robotics and machinery and how their research could help farmers tackle some of their most common and costly issues.
20.20 DINNER



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.


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Date: 26 April 2017
Location: National Space Centre, Leicester


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