2021 CIDA Symposium_"Agricultural Robotics Around the World"
From Gabriela Cestero
2021 Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA) Symposium
Session 1: Agricultural Robotics Around the World
October 11, 2021, 9:00am-10:30am
Agricultural robotics is rapidly developing and sparking strong interest from roboticists in research and industry alike. Compared to factory automation, agricultural operations are significantly more complex and present a diverse set of challenges for robots: from the autonomous field operation to compatibility with end users that vary widely in operational scales, technological background, and risk adversity. To effectively contribute to this area, academic research needs to be highly interdisciplinary, it does not lend itself well to isolated lab tests, and it requires more than the usual attention to the final ecosystem and end consumer for which it is intended. We have invited three leading experts on agricultural robotics from Europe, Australia, and the U.S. to address questions pertaining to the future of agricultural robotics, specifically: 1) What is the state-of-the-art in agricultural robotics? 2) How do we translate state-of-the-art robotics research from labs to stake holders? 3) How can roboticists in academia achieve the most synergistic relationship with stakeholders and Agritech industry?
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University
Prof. Petersen runs the Collective Embodied Intelligence Lab at Cornell University. Her research involves simple robotic solutions to complex problems, with a focus on bio-inspired design and coordination of robot collectives, as well as studies of their biological counterparts. Major topics include swarm intelligence, embodied intelligence, autonomous construction, digital agriculture, bio-cyber physical systems, human-swarm interaction, and soft robot swarms.
Professor, Robotics and Intelligent Systems, University of Sydney
Prof. Sukkarieh will present his work in linking small solar-electric mobile ground robotics, AI and smart tools to improve on-farm production processes in a sustainable manner. Examples will be given from the Australian context in horticulture, grains, and grazing livestock.
Salah Sukkarieh is the Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney, and is the CEO of Agerris, a new Agtech startup company from the ACFR developing autonomous robotic solutions to improve agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability.
Assistant Research Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics enables high-throughput plant phenotyping in both research and production, which provides rich information to enhance our understanding of complex agrifood systems. Prof. Jiang will focus on the development of autonomous imaging robots with deep learning-powered analysis of grape downy and powdery mildews.
Yu Jiang is an Assistant Research Professor in the Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell. He leads the Cyber-Agricultural Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) Laboratory in Cornell AgriTech and develops systems engineering solutions for critical challenges in agriculture.
Senior Researcher, Computer Vision and Robotics in Horticulture, Wageningen University and Research (WUR)
The presentation is about the Robs4Crops project, a newly awarded project lead by WUR to accelerate the shift towards large-scale implementation of robotics and automation in European farming, bringing precision and feasibility to reduce mundane, repetitive, and unhealthy labor tasks.
Dr. Jochen Hemming holds a position as Senior Researcher Computer Vision and Robotics in Horticulture at the contract research part of Wageningen University and Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. His research is focused on developing new robotic and mechatronic solutions together with industry and international partners.
Thought for food…
Our global agriculture and food systems require a radical transformation relying on expertise in multiple areas and research collaborations across disciplines that include agriculture, food safety, engineering, information and computer science, biology, business and the social sciences.
More than 100 faculty from across Cornell’s colleges – Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, Computing and Information Science, Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Business – have come together to develop a robust research agenda for CIDA, weaving unmatched excellence into holistic solutions for food and agriculture. CIDA’s mission is to inspire learning, catalyze innovation, and integrate fundamental discoveries to achieve new levels of sustainability in agri-food systems and new food for thought.