An international expert in the development and commercialisation of cutting edge field robotic systems will head the line-up of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) first ever SmartAg conference in September.
Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney, and the Director of Research and Innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, is confirmed as keynote speaker at the event taking place at Birmingham ICC on Tuesday 8 September 2015.
Internationally renowned, Salah has led research and development projects in logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, education, environment monitoring, agriculture and mining. Delegates will have the opportunity to see him present on his research into robotics and intelligent systems and how this research is invaluable in the development of smart technology that can meet the needs of UK agriculture.
Salah said, “My work involves developing robotic devices and intelligent systems that can operate 24/7 in outdoor environments. These are devices that can perceive and understand their environment, make informed decisions about any actions required and then carry out those actions – all without direct human input.”
“For example, my colleagues and I have already developed an automated berth in Brisbane where ships are loaded and unloaded by robotic devices without direct human involvement. We’re also working with Rio Tinto on establishing an autonomous mine operation in the Pilbara region of Western Australia; and we’ve developed pilotless robotic aircraft that can detect and spray invasive weeds in remote locations.”
A full programme of speakers, including Professor Salah Sukkarieh and other leading names from across Europe and the UK has been confirmed. Tickets for SmartAg 2015 are selling fast. To see the full line up of the day and book your place visit www.smartag.ahdb.org.uk
SmartAG 2015 is a new event by AHDB and is a bid by the organisation to attract the sharpest minds working across new technologies that could directly benefit agriculture. For more about AHDB visit www.ahdb.org.uk