International Forum of
Agricultural Robotics

Speakers 2018

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Overview of existing and future solutions in agricultural robotics


Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Program Lead HICRIS and Farm Automation

Salah SUKKARIEH (Australia)


Professor Salah Sukkarieh is an international expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems. He has led a number of robotics and intelligent systems R&D projects in logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, education, environment monitoring, agriculture and mining, and has consulted to industry including Rio Tinto, BHP, Patrick Stevedores, Qantas, QLD Biosecurity, Meat and Livestock Australia, and the NSW DPI amongst others. He was awarded the NSW Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies in 2014, and the 2017 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science.

Prof. Noboru NOGUCHI

Professor and Director of Vehicle Robotics Laboratory

Prof. Noboru NOGUCHI (Japan)

Hokkaido University

Dr. Noguchi is Professor and Director of Vehicle Robotics Laboratory in Hokkaido University, Japan. His laboratory has developed altogether more than 15 agricultural field robots since 1990 and the current fleet consists of 10 robot tractors, a robot combine harvester, an automatic rice transplanter, 4 UAV’s and a boat.

And, Prof. Noguchi is also working for Cabinet Office, Government of Japan as Program Director, Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) “Technologies for Creating Next-Generation Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries”. Prof. Noguchi has made many contributions to both industries and universities in the area of applications of advanced technologies to agricultural systems.

He is highly recognized internationally for his contributions in robotic applications on off-road equipment. Due to his outstanding achievements on automation technologies and sensing technologies in production agriculture, he received more than 20 academic awards from major domestic and international academic societies. Lately, he is devoting to develop a multi robot system. And, he is also developing an intelligent machine vision for an agricultural mobile robot.

Naïo Technologies : robots at the service of farmers

Aymeric BARTES and Gaëtan SEVERAC

President and Managing Director

Aymeric BARTHES and Gaëtan SEVERAC (France)


Naïo Technologies develops and markets farming and vineyard robots as well as electrical tools to help farmers comfortably weed, hoe and harvest the fruits of their labour.

Our robots are designed to assist farmers in their daily tasks in order to alleviate their workload and optimise profitability while limiting impact on the environment.

On the road to agricultural robotics

Maurice GOHLKE

Robotics Engineer

Maurice GOHLKE (Germany)


Maurice Gohlke is a robotics engineer at Deepfield Robotics focussing on robotics software and machine learning for plant classification. After graduating from INSA Lyon and Georgia Tech, Maurice has joined the Bosch start-up Deepfield Robotics and worked on box tree recognition for the Bonirob robot platform and automation of field trials with the 4D-Scan phenotyping robot.

The team is now developing autonomous machines to improve conventional and organic weed management. The first solutions will be provided to organic sugar beet farmers.


Seed Producer

Leo STEENPOORTE (The Netherlands)

Gebr. Steenpoorte

Leo Steenpoorte is a seed producer in Oosterland, The Netherlands. It is under his two hectares of greenhouses that he produces seeds for his various customers. He has been practicing for 29 years after graduating in agronomy. He is also a member of the Zeeland Farmers’ Federation, which has 300 members.



Vincent TARDIEU (France)

Journalist and communicaton expert specialized in agriculture, environment and life sciences since 1983, Vincent Tardieu first worked twenty years in the daily Libération and Le Monde, then for magazines, radio and television. He then coordinated for five years a postgraduate degree in scientific journalism at the faculty of Montpellier. For the past ten years, he has devoted himself to writing survey works for the general public in his fields of expertise. The last is “connected agriculture, scam or cure? »Published by Belin (February 2017, 444 pages).


University Professor - Sociology of agriculture

François PURSEIGLE (France)

INP / ENSAT Toulouse

His current research focuses on the study of organizational innovations and work transformations that accompany the process of distancing agricultural enterprises from the traditional family model, leading to the emergence on a global scale of new forms of agricultural organizations, enterprise and farm work qualified as “firms”.

He is particularly interested in the operation of very large agricultural enterprises and the entrepreneurial behavior of their leaders.

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