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Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture

Event details
Thursday, 26 July 2018
9:30 am – 16:30 pm
Express your interest to attend: Robotics & AI and Agriculture communities will explore the challenges in agriculture and the potential RAI solutions

This one-day networking event is aimed at Robotics & Artificial Intelligence (RAI) and Agriculture communities (including all crops, livestock and aquaculture). We will be exploring the challenges in agriculture and the potential for RAI technologies to address them.

The event has been very popular and so we are now accepting expressions of interest only. To ensure we have a good representation across all communities and backgrounds, we will review expressions of interest, and be in touch if your place at the event is confirmed.

The agriculture sector faces a number of high-level challenges, including meeting the demands for increased productivity, while maintaining high sustainability standards and low environmental impact. An important and pressing challenge is having access to labour, and this is already impacting several industry sectors. There is a clear need for innovation with opportunities to transfer knowledge and technologies in Robotics and AI from other sectors, however there are barriers to overcome in order to ensure successful development and adoption of suitable technology. Barriers include:

  • a lack of knowledge within the agriculture sector about Robotics and AI
  • the cost and risk involved in their implementation
  • the expert connections required to develop and exploit these

This event aims to address some of these barriers by fostering knowledge transfer between agriculture challenge holders and RAI solution providers, provide an overview of potential funding opportunities for these developments, and presenting success stories of existing innovation projects.

By attending this event, primary producers and growers, agricultural advisers and agricultural machinery manufacturers will gain insight into robotics and AI technologies. Robotics & AI solution providers will gain greater understanding of where their innovations can add value to the UK food supply chain.

All attendees will have the opportunity to make new valuable contacts across the supply chain and across sectors, for potential collaboration, and accessing funding opportunities to stimulate innovation, including the new £90m ISCF funding “Transforming Food Production” which is due to launch soon.

Draft programme

09:30: Registration

10:00: Session 1: Agricultural Challenges

10:00: Introduction to the workshop

10:20: Challenges in Crop Management

10:40: Challenges in Livestock Management

11:00: Delegate introductions

11:30: Refreshments and networking

12:00: Session 2: Recent Successful RAI projects for AgriFood


12:45: Q&A

13:00: Lunch and networking

14:00: Session 3: Potential Robotics and AI technology solutions


14:45: Q&A

15:00: Session 4: Funding Opportunities, Discussion Forum and Feedback

15:00: Funding Opportunities

15:15: Discussion Forum

15.35: Summary of the day and future activities

16:00: Refreshments, networking and potential consortia building

16:30: Event end