Swarm Robotics – The agri-workforce of the future?
April 25 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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?
16.00 Registration, coffee
16.30 Welcome and introduction
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 Research and Teaching Fellow in Systems Safety Engineering, 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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