17th March 2016
The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) hosted this workshop to stimulate increased collaborative activity between the Agriculture and Robotics communities.
Recent advances in robotics technology, alongside decreases in the cost of technology, have made the application of robotics in agriculture a viable business proposition. Furthermore, there is industrial demand from end users in agriculture, driven by varying reasons, not least a decline in the availability of skilled agricultural labour.
Agriculture community delegates (from both crop and livestock based production systems) were provided with the opportunity to outline their problems and innovation needs, and Robotics community delegates were able to present their technical capabilities. The aim was to encourage both communities to explore collaboration and innovation opportunities to help address the needs of agriculture.
Session 1: Agricultural Challenges
- Introduction to the workshop - David Telford, KTN, and Tom Jenkins, Innovate UK
- Overview of agriculture's challenges and innovation needs - Simon Blackmore, Harper Adams University
- Livestock based Agri-Food production – Challenges, and potential robotics solutions in development - Dave Ross, Agri-EPI Centre and SRUC
Session 2: Potential Robotics and Autonomous Systems technology solutions, and delegate pitches
- The Robotics and Autonomous Systems Landscape - Phil Williams, KTN
- Case study from a company using robotics technology – Ocado: what is possible, and opportunities for agriculture - David Sharp and Sverker Lindbo, Ocado (Presentation not available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information)
- Robust autonomous UAVs for precision agriculture - Chelsea Sabo, University of Sheffield
- Centre for Machine Vision: Providing the eyes for Agri-Tech - Ian Hales, Bristol Robotics Lab
- Automated detection of lameness in pigs - Jonathan Guy, Newcastle University
- Farmcare & robotics - Katrina Swatton, Farmcare
- Chilean agriculture: Opportunities for UK companies in robotics - Eduardo Olate, Britcham Chile Services
- Soft robotic opportunities in plant processing - Matthew Howard, Kings College London
- Dexterity and grasping for fruit harvesting - Rich Walker, Shadow Robot Company
Session 3: Potential Robotics and Autonomous Systems technology solutions, and Funding opportunities
- Case study from a company using robotics technology - Mike Aldred, Dyson (Presentation to be made available shortly)
- European funding opportunities - H2020 Ian Holmes, Innovate UK
- Newton Fund: Existing programme and future opportunities - Tristan Eagling, KTN
Break-out session – Opportunities for robotics in agriculture in the UK and internationally
- Summary of the day - Phil Williams, KTN