The world’s first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Agri-Food Robotics is being established by the University of Lincoln, UK, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia. We are looking for enthusiastic, talented students to join our new 4-year programme in a vibrant and research-intensive environment.
Agri-Food is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, twice the scale of automotive and aerospace combined. However, the food chain is under pressure from population growth, climate change, political pressures affecting migration, population drift from rural to urban regions, and the demographics of an aging population. Current agricultural practices are also harming the natural environment, with many species of wildlife facing risk of extinction over the next decade.
Addressing these challenges requires a new generation of highly skilled researchers and leaders in robotics and autononomous systems (RAS) with interdisciplinary expertise. AgriFoRwArdS thus focuses on the development of advanced RAS technologies, which will advance the state-of-the-art in both the fundamental RAS science and our chosen domain of Agri-Food.
The Centre brings together a unique collaboration of leading researchers located at the heart of UK agri-food business, together with the Manufacturing Technology Centre, and supported by leading industrial partners and stakeholders from across the food, farming and robotics industries. These include John Deere, Syngenta, G’s Growers, Beeswax Dyson, ABB and the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.
Applications for entry into the CDT programme, starting in September 2020, are now being accepted.
For more information on: the course structure, research area, groups and facilities, funding, entry requirements and how to apply please visit their website.