The world population is expected to reach 9 billion inhabitants by 2050. Producing food to feed such a large population will significantly increase the strain already in place on production environments and inputs, especially land and water. It furthermore proves to be difficult already now to find skilled and motivated workers and to keep the production costs low. To meet this important societal challenge, research and development in the agri-food sector is of utmost importance. One important direction is towards increasing automation and robotisation of the industry to improve the efficiency of its processes, reduce waste and costs, and improve food quality and safety.
To promote and propel agri-food robotics research, we organize a series of workshop at main robotic conferences.
We organize the workshop on “Agricultural Robotics: learning from Industry 4.0 and moving into the future” at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), on September 28, 2017, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, room 211-214.
Four excellent speakers will share their thoughts on the topic:
- Qin Zhang – Agricultural Robotics — the need, impact and strategy
- David Ball – Agricultural Robotics @ Deepfield
- Volker Krüger – Lessons learned from I4.0 and relevance to Agricultural robotics
- Jim Ostrowski – The Challenges of Deploying a High-Throughput Weeding Robot
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