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.