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Robotic Farming

Developed agriculture uses massive amounts of energy in a myriad of forms, from the energy associated with checmicals used to control pests and diseases, through fertilisers, to the tractors themseves and the fuel to power them. This energy is often wasted as it goes off-target, is expensive and will become more so in the future.

How do we overcome these problems and take advantage of new technologies? Should we improve the current system or develop a completely new system?

Organised by the IET Sussex Network.


Professor Simon Blackmore, Harper Adams University


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


14 May 2019

6:45pm - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar 05/14/2019 18:45 05/14/2019 20:30 Robotic Farming How do we overcome wasted energy? Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ, UK


Sussex Local Network


Professor Simon Blackmore

Professor Simon Blackmore

Head of Agricultural Robotics - Harper Adams University

Simon Blackmore is a key figure in the development of precision farming and agricultural robotics, with a world-wide reputation. Simon is currently Professor and Head of Robotics and Automation, Agri-Epi Centre at Harper Adams University, Director of the National Centre for Precision Farming and managed the European FutureFarm project.

Simon has extensive experience of multidisciplinary collabroation across universities, commercial partnerships and research projects including autonomous tractors, laser weeding, robotic phenotyping and robotic harvesting.

Simon holds sevens Chairs around the world and gives many national and international keynote presentations. Simon leads the research in the UK on agricultural robotics.

Simon's personal research focuses on improving precision farming by developing more intelligent machines and processes, and making crop production more efficient and sustainable.


Hawth Avenue

The Hawth Theatre
West Sussex
RH1 06YZ
United Kingdom


Refreshments from 18:45
Lecture 19:30 to 20:30



Free of charge

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