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Pollinator: Swarm Robotics – The agri-workforce of the future?

Thursday 25th April 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Swarm Robotics - The agri-workforce of the future

Robots on farms are ideally suited to do the jobs that are dirty, dangerous, difficult or dull. Much of the innovation to date has focussed on developing high-spec individual machines, but the agricultural labour force of the future is likely to be boosted by teams of small robots working together – with their individual contributions combining to make a cheaper, more effective or more intelligent system. Here we will explore the prospect of swarm robotics and the potential for its impact on-farm, as well as some of the technical challenges around sensor and data fusion, combining algorithms from multiple machines into a single decision-making system. How close swarm robotics is to commercial application?


This event will be chaired by John Barrett, Director, Sentry Farms.

16.00     Registration, coffee

16.30     Welcome and introduction, John Barrett

16.40     Alan Millard, Lecturer in Robotics, University of Plymouth

Coming to a field near you – what is swarm robotics, and how could it revolutionise the way we farm?

17.00     Clive Blacker, CEO, Precision Decisions

The robotics numbers game

17.20     Mark Nicholson, Senior Lecturer in Systems Safety, University of York

Safety management of autonomous farms

17.40     Dr David Rose,  Lecturer in Geography, University of East Anglia

Robots in the fourth agricultural revolution: building public support

18.00     Small Robot Company

Smart farming using robotics; permaculture at broadacre scale

18.20     Networking and refreshments

19.00     Event close


Booking & Cost:

This event is free for members of Agri-Tech East, and £35 for non-members. Please note the fee is non-refundable for cancellation within 5 working days of the event.

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Thursday 25th April 2019
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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