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Tuesday 08 December

8:45am to 9:00am

FIRA 2020 OPENING SESSION

9:15am to 10:30am

How does agricultural robotics impact on the new deal - economics & social issues?

#PART 1: FOOD & FARMING

CONFERENCE

The confinement we had to face severely impacted the agricultural world: indeed, the labor shortage related to the closure of borders, combined with difficulties in movement of the national workforce, hit the 2020 season hard.

  • Where do we stand with the food and agriculture situation in the world ?
  • Robotics could be an appropriate response, but may face certain obstacles.
  • What is the place of agricultural robotics in this context?
  • How can it be implemented in a world in transition while offering a positive alternative? Should we be afraid to automate certain agricultural tasks given the current economic and social context, or is robotics one of the keys to getting out of the crisis in the agricultural world?

The two successive speakers at this conference will, on the one hand, take stock of the world food situation in 2020, followed by the place of agricultural robotics in this context, on the other hand.

Speakers :

Josef KIENZLE (Italy)

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Agricultural Engineer - Leads the sustainable agricultural mechanization task team

Josef KIENZLE (Italy)

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Agricultural Engineer - Leads the sustainable agricultural mechanization task team

Josef Kienzle, holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from Hohenheim University and a post-graduate certificate for Advanced Training in Agricultural Development (CATAD) from Humboldt University, Berlin.

Mr Kienzle leads the sustainable agricultural mechanization task team in the Plant Production and Protection Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), based in Rome. Sustainable mechanization is embedded and reflected within one of FAO’s key programmes on ‘Sustainable crop production and Conservation Agriculture’.

Mr Kienzle’s work emphasizes the crucial role that farm power and innovative and efficient mechanization solutions play in increasing sustainable agricultural production, and the importance improving smallholder farmers’ access to these technologies and adapting them to their context in developing countries. This also includes transitioning from subsistence farming to more market-oriented farming, building capacity of farmers to become hire service providers and entrepreneurs, and identifying appropriate business models. His work also highlights the important role that the public and private sectors play in mechanization input supply chains and capacity building.

Mr Kienzle leads the Conservation Agriculture component of the World Bank-led Guangdong Agricultural Pollution Reduction Programme that is promoting reduced- and no-tillage mechanized solutions in rice and maize based systems. This work has led to an increased interest in precision agriculture technologies which allow for more accurate and precise application of fertilizer and pesticides, reducing blanket type applications. The close linkages with the China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing as well as with the Southern China Agricultural University (SCAU) has allowed him to stay up-to-date with un-manned flying objects (drones), related ICTs, and big data technologies.

More recently, he coordinated the development of an FAO publication entitled ‘Agricultural 4.0 – Agricultural Robotics and automated equipment for sustainable crop production’, that reviews the latest trends in agrorobotics and places them in the context of agricultural and rural development scenarios in developing countries.

Guy WAKSMAN (France)

French Academy of Agriculture

Member

Guy WAKSMAN (France)

French Academy of Agriculture

Member

Former director of ACTA Informatique, an IT services company that grew out of the Agricultural Technical Institutes, and working mainly for these Institutes.

Former president of the French-speaking Association of Agricultural Informatics (AFIA) and of the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA).

Former participant or leader of numerous French and European R&D projects.

Editor since 1987 of two weekly newsletters, one in French, the other in English, both with about 15000 subscribers, both with about 5000 regular readers and about 1500 very regular readers.

Member of the French Academy of Agriculture.

10:30am to 11:00am

Demo - SwarmFarm

#Robots Demos

Speaker: Andrew BATE, CEO, SwarmFarm

11:15am to 11:35am

Demo Robot - CTIFL

#Robots Demos

BIPBIP project: combining mechanics, imagery and robotics for an intra-row weeding solution by CTIFL

Speaker: Hugo Gimbert, researcher at CNRS, LaBRI, University of Bordeaux

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Robots for vineyards

#Workshops

PART 1. EXPERIMENTATION (20 min)

Naïo Technologies (FR): Ted, multifunctional vineyard weeding robot

PART 2. PITCHES (5 min/pitch)

SITIA (FR): TREKTOR is an autonomous agricultural hybrid tractor. Thanks to its variable track and height, it adapts to different vineyards (narrow or wide). TREKTOR is versatile and can work
with mechanical, electrical and hydraulic implements. These implements are installed as
usual either on 3-point hitch, between the wheels or combined.

Korechi Innovations Inc. (CA): RoamIO - an autonomous farming platform which can be easily programmed to perform a range of different tasks in vineyards, orchards and grain farms.

VineScout (SP): high resolution maps for the advanced management of vineyards. The VineScout is a robot that moves autonomously and generates high-resolution maps of water status and NDVI. With these maps, vineyard managers make decisions on irrigation plans and harvesting zoning.

PART 3. FEEDBACKS (20 min)

Feedback from farmers and sharing of their user needs.

Sponsored by:

1:00pm to 1:20pm

Robot Demo - VitiBot

#Robots Demos

Demonstration of BAKUS by VitiBot.

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Robot decision for adaptation to human behavior, off-road and task diversity, and safety preservation

#Scientific Workshop

SESSION 1

  • "New technologies and robotics: a promizing way for the rise of egological transition for agriculture"

By Christian Huygues – INRAE

  • “Real-Time Multispectral Image Processing and Registration on 3D Point Cloud for Vineyard Analysis”

By Thibault Clamens – Vibot

  • “Development of a smart obstacle detection system for an autonomous orchard robot”

By Pieter M. Blok – Wageningen univ and Rural dvp admin. Korea

  • “Real time adaptation of a robot’s behavior to changes in the Environment”

By Ashley Hill – CEA-List

 

Organized by RobAgri in collaboration with INRAE.

   

2:00pm to 2:20pm

Pitch - Septentrio

5 Key elements for smooth integration of GNSS/INS in Robotics

Speaker: Stef van der Loo,  Septentrio

 

3:00pm to 3:20pm

Pitch - FAO

#PART 1: FOOD & FARMING

Report: Agricultural robotics and automated equipment for sustainable crop production in agricultural development, by FAO

Speaker: Santiago Santos-Valle, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

3:30pm to 3:50pm

Pitch - Fixposition AG

Vision-RTK: Increasing reliability and availability of precise positioning for Agricultural Robots

Speaker: Zhenzhong Su, CEO & Co-Founder, Fixposition AG

4:00pm to 5:30pm

How to go from "robot bashing" to the "robot loving", for the end consumer?

#PART 2: SOCIETY

ROUND TABLE DEBATE

The major innovations in the agricultural world have a significant impact on the beliefs (founded or not) of end consumers. In order to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, and the possible societal debates that could lead to the “robot bashing”, it is crucial to involve the entire value chain from the design phase to its use, for the benefit of the consumer.

  • Should robotics be part of a marketing strategy for agribusinesses?
  • What would be the levers of robots on the environment, social and food quality?
  • How can robotics be integrated in a relevant and sustainable way within food production?
  • What are the roles to be played by each of the stakeholders to contribute to the valorisation of agri-food products in terms of information?
  • How robotics can provide the right traceability needs?

This round table / conference will be an opportunity for the speakers to share ideas to understand, together, the place and the contribution of robotics in the production of quality agro-food goods.

Speakers :

Daniel AZEVEDO (France)

Copa-Cogeca

Director Commodities, Trade and Technology

Daniel AZEVEDO (France)

Copa-Cogeca

Director Commodities, Trade and Technology

Daniel Azevedo is a Director in the Commodities and Trade team of Copa and Cogeca, an agricultural lobby representing almost 70 national farm organizations and cooperatives in Europe. He is a natural resources engineer graduated in the University of Évora (Portugal) currently the coordinator of Copa and Cogeca Task Force on agricultural technology. He has previously been working for DG Agriculture and Rural Development after specializing on agro-environmental measures in SLU university (Sweden). Mr. Azevedo comes from a family producing wine and olive oil in Vila Real (Douro Region) in Portugal.

 

Christophe BONNO

Christophe BONNO (France)

Groupement Les Mousquetaires- Intermarché

Director of Agricultural Institutional Relations

Christophe BONNO

Christophe BONNO (France)

Groupement Les Mousquetaires- Intermarché

Director of Agricultural Institutional Relations

Christophe Bonno, 57, a food engineer from Agrosup Dijon, joined the group in 1999 and was appointed Managing Director of the entire industrial activity of the Groupement des Mousquetaires in 2010 (62 production sites, 11,000 employees, with a turnover of 4 billion euros) and Director of Agricultural Institutional Relations in 2019.

He is in charge of developing the strategy of rapprochement and support with the agricultural world.

He is Intermarché's representative in the food college of the Fédération du Commerce Coopératif et Associé (FCA) which brings together Intermarché and Leclerc and thus participates in the work of all the inter-professions.

He is also a member of the management committee of the Groupement des Mousquetaires (146,000 employees, 40 billion euros) and works to consolidate production chains and bring together agricultural partners and the distribution network, supported in 2014 by Intermarché's "Producers and Traders" strategy.

In 2016, he launched the Agromousquetaires transformation plan to develop a matrix organization, while maintaining the strength and agility of a network of SMEs with the goal of achieving 100 million in performance.

2018: In the light of his first CSR successes, he initiated the "Responsible Producers" strategy, a genuine corporate strategy, which aims to make Agromousquetaires the benchmark player in terms of responsible production practices and food methods. This strategy was built in consultation with civil society and a certain number of stakeholders such as NGOs and scientists, the first step of which was the disengagement from fishing beyond 800m. This strategy was extended to animal welfare and agroecology.

During the COVID 2020 crisis, a strong presence and mobilization with the various agricultural sectors has strengthened Intermarché's support actions for vulnerable French producers.

Ole GREEN

Ole GREEN (Denmark)

AGROINTELLI

Founder & CEO of AGROINTELLI Professor at Aarhus University, Dept. of AgroEcology

Ole GREEN

Ole GREEN (Denmark)

AGROINTELLI

Founder & CEO of AGROINTELLI Professor at Aarhus University, Dept. of AgroEcology

The founder of AGROINTELLI and the commercial ag-robot Robotti.

With 20 years of experience in developing and implementing automation and robotic technologies for sustainable intensification of plant production, intelligent weed management, and integration of sensor technology on agricultural machinery for improved decision support systems.

Professor in technology and intelligent solutions for sustainable soil management at the Department of AgroEcology, Aarhus University.

Antoine POUPART (France)

Bioline - InVivo

Strategic Marketing and Innovation Director

Antoine POUPART (France)

Bioline - InVivo

Strategic Marketing and Innovation Director

Agricultural engineer with a degree from the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon (now AgroParisTech) (PG03), Antoine Poupart began his career with the agricultural cooperative group InVivo as a design engineer. He took part in the creation of a new sustainable development consulting activity before becoming the general manager of Agrosolutions, the InVivo group's internal and external consulting subsidiary. In parallel with this activity, in 2017 he founded Bioline Insurance, an insurance brokerage subsidiary for the specific risks of the agri/agro sector, under the status of intrapreneurship. Antoine is now Strategic Marketing and Innovation Director of Bioline, the agricultural division of the InVivo cooperative group.

6:00pm to 6:20pm

Robot Demo - ZTractor

#Robots Demos

Bearcub 24: The World's First Autonomous Electric Tractor by ZTRACTOR

7:00pm to 8:00pm

What funding for business innovation and internationalisation?

#Table Talks

OPEN DISCUSSION

Moderated by:

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Safe positioning and image analysis: are technologies reliable enough for autonomous works in fields?

#Workshops

PART 1 - Safe Positioning

Precision is the key to make robot work safely in the fields; with no reliable signal, the robot can be out and producers would not even know!

  • How to physically complete the GPS signal?
  • How to guarantee that the robot is still on the field and the signal reliable?
  • How to detect early enough that the robot is driving out of the field?

Speakers at this workshop will answer concrete user cases and present the latest advances for an accurate and reliable localisation of off-road robots, a safety issue

PART 2 - Image analysis

Artificial vision and innovative sensors allow plant recognition for an autonomous and accurate treatment.  The image analysis, available through data collection and a relevant machine learning system, has now hold a unpredent level.

  • What is the limit of the image analysis to detect small weed from small plant?
  • Which robot guidance from images?
  • From R&D to the field application, how to deploy these technologies?

Speakers will present concrete cases, their issues and solutions.

Sponsored by:

Hexagon_AP_NovAtel_Full-Color-Logo_for-FIRA

Speakers :

Joaquin REYES (Czech Republic)

European GNSS Agency (GSA)

Market Development Technology Officer

Joaquin REYES (Czech Republic)

European GNSS Agency (GSA)

Market Development Technology Officer

Mr. Joaquin REYES GONZÁLEZ is a Market Development Technology Officer at GSA working in the professional high-precision market on EGNOS and Galileo, focused on Agriculture topics. He gained his GNSS technical experience as System Engineer Technical Assistant at ESA/ESTEC, after national and international assignments at innovation projects in GMV and Siemens (Dimetronic). Reyes holds a degree in Electronic, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at ICAI and Master’s degree in Space Technology at UPM.

Tanner WHITMIRE (Canada)

Hexagon I NovAtel

Business Development Manager, Agriculture Autonomy

Tanner WHITMIRE (Canada)

Hexagon I NovAtel

Business Development Manager, Agriculture Autonomy

Tanner Whitmire is a leading sales and business development manager in agriculture at Hexagon | NovAtel with over ten years in the corporate precision agriculture field. Combined with his years of experience managing operations at Whitmire Farms, he understands the challenges facing farmers and the importance of providing positioning and autonomy – assured.

 

Hajar MOUSANNIF (Morocco)

Cadi Ayyad University

Associate Professor

Hajar MOUSANNIF (Morocco)

Cadi Ayyad University

Associate Professor

Hajar Mousannif is an associate professor and coordinator of the Master program in Data Science within the department of computer science at the Faculty of Sciences Semlalia (Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco). She holds a PhD degree in computer Sciences on her work on Wireless Sensor Networks and Vehicular Networks. She received an engineering degree in Telecommunications in 2005. Her primary research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, IoT, Human Computer Interaction, and next generation technologies. In addition to her academic experience, she chaired the Program Committee of many international conferences. Hajar Mousannif holds two patents on her work on Artificial Intelligence and was selected among 5 best female researchers in North Africa. She received many international awards such as L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award (Maghreb region) and the Emerald Litterati Prize for Excellence.

Markus HOFERLIN (Germany)

Farming Revolution

Head of Artificial Intelligence

Markus HOFERLIN (Germany)

Farming Revolution

Head of Artificial Intelligence

Markus Höferlin received a M.Sc. (Diploma) in computer science from the University of Stuttgart (Germany) in 2008, and worked as scientific assistant at the Visualization Research Center of the University of Stuttgart (VISUS) with focus on visual analytics for video data, computer vision and artificial intelligence. He got his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in 2013 from the University of Stuttgart and received the "Best Dissertation at the University of Stuttgart in Computer Science in 2013" award and "Outstanding scientific achievements" (VFUS) award. From 2014-2020, he was responsible for AI at Deepfield Robotics enabling the success of agricultural robotics and helped Bosch with the transition from traditional computer vision methods to Deep Learning. During this time, he co-authored more than 20 patent applications focused on machine learning, computer vision, efficient data acquisition, and semi-automated annotation that led to the world’s largest annotated plant dataset and
most accurate plant classification system available. Since 2019, he is co-founder of the #farmingrevolution GmbH that emerged from a management buy out from Bosch and the successor of Deepfield Robotics.

Barney DEBNAM (USA)

Microsoft

Director, Agribusiness Solutions

Barney DEBNAM (USA)

Microsoft

Director, Agribusiness Solutions

Barney Debnam is the Global Agriculture Strategy Lead at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington. Barney has spent the past 25+ years building agtech startups and growing global agribusinesses. Beyond experiences in the late 90’s agtech 1.0, Barney has contributed to digital solutions at GROWMARK/FS, Deere & Co and DuPont. During his time at DuPont he worked with Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, Research and IT. Barney was Global CIO for DuPont Crop Protection and Pioneer Hi-Bred International just prior to the formation of Corteva AgriScience.
Barney graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering then went on the study agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University. Barney grew up in a 4-H farming family in Kent County Maryland, which his father and brother continue to operate today.
Why is Barney at Microsoft? Few, if any, industries can match Agriculture when it comes to mission alignment with Microsoft, opportunity to apply innovation to the betterment of society and with the potential to empower agribusinesses to achieve more.

Dan KARA (USA)

WTWH Media

VP, Robotics

Dan KARA (USA)

WTWH Media

VP, Robotics

Dan Kara is Vice President, Robotics at WTWH Media where he chartered with driving the company’s robotics initiatives including the Robot Report and Robotics Business Review online portals and the Robotics Summit Conference and Exposition, Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum, RoboBusiness Conference & Expo and the International Field Robotics Engineering Forum. Prior to joining WTWH, he was Practice Director, Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ABI Research and Chief Research Officer for Myria RAS, both research and advisory services firms focused on automation, robotics and intelligent systems. Dan was also President of Robotics Trends, an integrated media and research firm serving the personal, service and industrial robotics markets. Dan has also worked as Executive Vice President of Intermedia Group, and Director of Research at Ullo International.

Wednesday 09 December

9:00am to 10:30am

Human – robot interaction and cobotic application for agriculture

#Scientific Workshop

SESSION 2

  • “Towards the responsible development of autonomous robotics in agriculture: a call to action”

By David Christian Rose –  University Reading and Lincoln

  • “Remote Monitoring Control and Security Technology for Full Self-Driving Agricultural Machinery”

By Takuya Murayama and Fumiaki Kudoh – NTT corp

  • “Towards Context-Aware Navigation in Agricultural Environments For Long-Term Autonomous Robots”

By Benjamin Kisliuk – B2FI

 

Organized by RobAgri in collaboration with INRAE.

     

9:00am to 9:20am

Pitch - WeedBot

How to use laser to eliminate weeds in the field?

9:45am to 10:05am

DEMO - FarmDroid

#Robots Demos

FarmDroid FD20 - The worlds first autonomous seeding and weeding robot

Speaker: Eddie Pedersen, European Sales Manager, FarmDroid

10:30am to 11:30am

Robots for Livestock

#Workshops

PART 1. EXPERIMENTATION (20 min)

LELY International (NL)

PART 2. PITCHES (5 min/pitch)

Faromatics (ES): ChickenBoy robot for better animal welfare and more farm productivity of broiler farms.

TIBOT Technologies (FR): Spoutnic, the first autonomous robot for poultry farming.

PART 3. FEEDBACKS (20 min)

Feedback from farmers and sharing of their user needs.

Speakers :

Timo JOOSTEN (The Netherlands)

Lely International NV

Head of Product Management

Timo JOOSTEN (The Netherlands)

Lely International NV

Head of Product Management

Born in the Netherlands in 1978, I got infected with the dairy farmers virus through my grandfather and uncle. After graduation as an agricultural engineer (Bsc) specialized in dairy at the Van Hall institute Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, I continued my study to become a Master of Science (Msc) in Agricultural Business at Greenwich University, London.
After my thesis for Lely “the development of the franchise model (Lely Centers)”, my wife and I decided to put theory into practice by starting our own dairy farm in Ampoigné, Mayenne, France in 2003. Started with 50 cows and 100 hectares we were able to expand it to 100 cows and 140 hectares and becoming a robotic dairy farmer ourselves.
Through the role of commercial trainer I brought my practical experience back into the Lely organization as of 2007, where in 2013 I became worldwide responsible for the consultancy department known under the name of FMS (Farm Management Support), which led to the decision to sell the farm.
Early 2015 I took over the end responsibility as Senior Product Manager Milking & Cooling for the whole product range of the Lely Astronaut Robotic Milking System, its peripherals and the Lely T4C farm management software. Since the 1st of January 2018 this responsibility has extended towards the full Dairy portfolio of Lely being the Head of Product Management.

10:40am to 11:00am

Pitch - METRICS-ACRE Challenge

ACRE, i.e., the Agri-food Competition for Robot Evaluation (https://metricsproject.eu/agri-food/), is a novel benchmarking competition for agricultural robots funded by the EU Commission within H2020 project METRICS (https://metricsproject.eu/). In ACRE, real-world agricultural tasks are used as benchmarks for quantitative and reproducible performance evaluation of robots and smart implements. Special attention is given to the task of weeding, to which robotics brings a completely new approach.

Innovative Companies, Researchers and all other stakeholders (end users, forward-looking policymakers …) are warmly invited to know more about ACRE Challenge and then to join it.

METRICS/ACRE challenge is organized by Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI - IT), Institut National de Recherche pour l'Agriculture, l'alimentation et l'Environnement (INRAE-TSCF - FR), Università Statale di Milano (UNIMI-IT) and Laboratoire National de métrologie et d'Essais (LNE-FR).

Speaker: Matteo MATTEUCI, METRICS/ACRE Coordinator, Politecnico di Milano AI & Robotics Lab

11:30am to 11:50am

Robot Demo - ecoRobotix

#Robots Demos

Exclusively: presentation of our new high-precision spraying system

Speaker: Claude Juriens, Chief Business Officer, ecoRobotix SA

12:15pm to 12:35pm

Robot Demo - PixelFarming

#Robots Demos

Proof your future with Pixelfarming Robot One.

1:00pm to 1:20pm

Robot Demo - Agreenculture

#Robots Demos

CEOL, the autonomous solution for row and inter-row weeding by Agreenculture.

2:00pm to 2:30pm

Farming with no tractor driver, is it possible?

#PART 3: TECHNOLOGIES

CROSS-DISCUSSION

The automation of field tasks leading to the advent of a new agricultural production represents a significant challenge in the organization of the sector.

The cross-discussion between a lawyer specializing in robotics and an expert in international standards will provide a better understanding of current safety and liability issues.

Speakers :

Andrea BERTOLINI (Italy)

Lawyer specialised in Robotics

Andrea BERTOLINI (Italy)

Lawyer specialised in Robotics

Christophe GOSSARD (Germany)

John Deere GmbH & Co. KG

Strategic Standards Manager for Europe

Christophe GOSSARD (Germany)

John Deere GmbH & Co. KG

Strategic Standards Manager for Europe

As the Regional Strategic Standards Manager in Mannheim, Germany, Christophe Gossard provides support for the relevant regional issues for strategic standards and regional governmental affairs. Engaged in the digitization of the agricultural sector, and particularly on the safety and security issues, he recently as a rapporteur at ETSI, focused on Permissioned Distributed Ledger applicability and compliance to data processing requirements for connected machines. He is graduated from the University of Iowa (United States) with a MBA and has a Master in Computer Sciences / Engineer Diploma from Polytech Orléans, Orléans (France).

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Farming with no tractor driver, is it possible?

#PART 3: TECHNOLOGIES

ROUND TABLE DEBATE

The automation of field tasks leading to the advent of a new agricultural production represents a significant challenge in the organization of the sector.

  • But, concretely, what will this change in the professions of each player?
  • From the technology supplier to the dealer, through agro-supply, how will the market and the legislation have to adapt?
  • For each of them, what does an agricultural world in which tractor drivers no longer exist mean?
Speakers :

Antoine CHATELAIN (France)

Chatelain Nursery

Employee

Antoine CHATELAIN (France)

Chatelain Nursery

Employee

Student at Saint Nicolas High School.

Operator of the OZ 440 Robot from Naïo Technologies, and trainee for Robotics for Mircofarms (ROMI) from Sony CSL.

Aymeric BARTHES (France)

Naïo Technologies

CEO

Aymeric BARTHES (France)

Naïo Technologies

CEO

Robotic engineer, from the beginning Aymeric BARTHES has the desire to bring real solutions to the agricultural world to revolutionize working methods and thus preserve crops and the environment. The challenge of feeding more and more people around the world can only be met by the emergence of innovative solutions. It is in this sense that he co-founded Naïo Technologies, a company that develops and markets multi-task robots dedicated to the agricultural world.
He has led the Naïo Technologies team since its inception, carrying out various projects simultaneously and adjusting the strategy to the company’s development.

Gordon CLEMENTS (Germany)

VARTA AG

General Manager Solutions

Gordon CLEMENTS (Germany)

VARTA AG

General Manager Solutions

Graduated BSc (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University West of Scotland.

7 years experience in Electronic Design & Project Management followed by 10 years career in Product Management and Sales Management in the semiconductor industry before moving to VARTA in 2002.

17 years in the battery industry focused mainly on LiB in sales management and now General Manager of VARTA Storage Gmbh with P&L responsibility for Power and Energy product lines.

Global business perspective and extensive knowledge of applications for LiB across all business sectors and applications from cell phone to e-mobility.

MEYERS Greg (Switzerland)

Syngenta

CIO / CDO

MEYERS Greg (Switzerland)

Syngenta

CIO / CDO

3:30pm to 3:50pm

Robot Demo - Naïo Technologies

#Robots Demos

Meet Dino, the mechanical weeding robot for vegetable farms by Naïo Technologies.

4:00pm to 5:00pm

JCA Technologies Webinar

#Workshops

Key Considerations in Taking the leap from R&D to Scaled Commercial Systems for Autonomous Machines.

Most agricultural robots are initially developed as prototypes with technologies that are not capable of being scaled because of reliability, complexity of use, or serviceability.

Once the initial design is developed and validated in use, there is often a need to redesign for scaled production, but there can be strategies applied to minimize this effort.

This talk will describe some of the common areas that are the biggest challenges, and different approaches that have been taken to overcome these.

An overview of the recently announced collaboration between EXXACT Robotics and JCA Technologies will also be discussed, highlighting autonomous machines on the path to scaled production.

Speaker:

Darcy COOK, VP Engineering / GM

Speakers :

Darcy COOK (Canada)

JCA Technologies

VP Engineering / GM

Darcy COOK (Canada)

JCA Technologies

VP Engineering / GM

Darcy Cook is the VP of Engineering and General Manager at JCA Technologies, where he leads the technology development direction for the organization. JCA is focused on advanced technology solutions for autonomous and precision agriculture machine applications, applying technology building blocks augmented with engineering and manufacturing capabilities to help OEMs develop unique machine applications.
Darcy has 20 years experience in the development of electronics and software systems across various industries, including space systems (satellites), medical equipment (MRI), and off-highway mobile machines. Darcy holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and an MBA from the Asper School of Business.

5:15pm to 5:35pm

Robot Demo - INRAE Occitanie Toulouse

#Robots Demos

Presentation of a unique high-throughput phenotyping robot that enables to carry out measurements on micro-plots of different genotypes of plant. By INRAE Occitanie Toulouse;

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Agricultural Robots for field crops

#Workshops

PART 1. EXPERIMENTATION

Ecorobotix (CH)

"How to concretely reduce phyto products by more than 50% while reducing costs per hectare?"

Claude Juriens explains our technology: An ultra-precise spraying system that only sprays the plant to be treated with a micro-dose of only 3x8 centimetres, for an ultra localised treatment. Advantages of our technology: Saves the product and the crops.
Selective spraying is also possible in the other direction: our technology can spray only the crop (e.g. for the application of a fungicide).

PART 2. PITCHES (5 min/pitch)

  • Small Robot Company (UK): Tom, Dick and Harry - Per Plant Farming for all aspects of arable crop care. Plus Wilma - artificial intelligence and the brains of the operation. Tom is the monitoring robot, scanning for problems (now commerical). Dick is the crop care robot: first we will deliver non-chemical weeding (now in field trials). Next, biological slug elimination: no metaldehyde. Harry is a no-till digital planting robot for soil quality and increased yields.
  • Odd.Bot (NL): Weed Whacker: mechanical weeding robot for usage in sowing crops for arable farming
  • F.Poulsen Engineering (DK): ROBOVATOR automatic weeding machine
  • Terra Clear (USA): fully autonomous picking robot that is deployed in the field with minimal operator intervention.

PART 3. FEEDBACKS (20 min)

Feedback from farmers and sharing of their user needs.

Sponsored by:

7:00pm to 7:20pm

Pitch - Nexus Robotics

#Robots Demos

"La Chèvre" Mechanical weeding for vegetable crops by NEXUS Robotics

Speaaker: Teric Greenan, COO, Nexus Robotics inc.

Thursday 10 December

9:30am to 9:50am

Robot Demo - Sony CSL

#Robots Demos

The Romi Rover for mechanical weeding by Sony CSL

Speaker: Peter Hanappe, IT Researcher, SONY CSL

10:30am to 10:50am

Robot Demo - SITIA

#Robots Demos

TREKTOR DEMO by Sitia.

11:00am to 11:20am

Pitch - Wageningen University and Research

Robotics, vehicles and automated plant phenotyping: a data-driven approach

Automated plant phenotyping offers plant scientists, breeders, farmers and growers a powerful tool to gather vast amounts of growth data to understand and optimise plant performance and productivity. For effective use these tools need to be applied on a large scale, accurate and objective. New promising AI tools enable researchers to extract data earlier unreachable. Field measurements require accurate and safe navigation while collecting phenotypic data. This cross-disciplinary interaction launched as a catalyst generated a range of novel technological developments and projects among others a new large-scale research facility in Wageningen called Netherlands Plant Eco-phenotyping Centre (NPEC, www.npec.nl)

Speakers :

Rick VAN DE ZEDDE (The Netherlands)

Wageningen University & Research

Project Coordinator NPEC / Business Developer

Rick VAN DE ZEDDE (The Netherlands)

Wageningen University & Research

Project Coordinator NPEC / Business Developer

Currently Rick van de Zedde is project manager of the new phenotyping facility NPEC @ WUR and he is senior scientist/ business developer Phenomics and Automation at the Wageningen Plant Science Group. He has worked at WUR since 2004. His background is in Artificial Intelligence with a focus on imaging and robotics.

Koen VAN BOHEEMEN (The Netherlands)

Wageningen University & Research

Researcher Precision Agriculture & Robotics

Koen VAN BOHEEMEN (The Netherlands)

Wageningen University & Research

Researcher Precision Agriculture & Robotics

Born and raised on an arable farm and with a background in Biosystems Engineering, Koen works on multiple projects related to Precision Agriculture and Robotics. His main challenge is to aid agricultural data gathering, usage and sharing in the broadest sense of these words. Current projects revolve around the development of autonomous robotic platforms for data gathering and real-time precision agriculture applications and the design of data gathering, storage and sharing structures for agricultural data. In multiple precision agriculture application projects, Koen assists farmers in applying novel Precision Agriculture technologies on their farms.

11:30am to 11:50am

Robot Demo - WeedBot

#Robots Demos

Laser weeding - accurate weeding close to crop

12:15pm to 12:35pm

Robot Demo - Agrointelli

#Robots Demos

Meet Robotti 150D: Your versatile ag-robot by Agrointelli

Speaker: Frederik Rom, Sales Manager, Agrointelli

1:00pm to 2:00pm

WEBINAR - Investors

#PART 4: GO TO MARKET!

 Start-ups & Investors - How to partner effectively

Capagro, BASF Venture, Ecorobotix and Naio Technologies will share their thoughts experiences and confront their point of views about the dos and don’ts.

  • How an Investors (VC, CVC or Corporate) create value in start-up ?
  • How to best approach the relation from a start-up point of view?

Speakers:

  • Tom ESPIARD, President & Managing Partner, Capagro
  • Aymeric BARTHES, CEO, Naïo Technologies
  • Aurélien DEMAUREX, CEO, EcoRobotix
  • Dr Claus HACKMANN, Investment Manager, BASF Ventures

 

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Implement automation and coordination with robots for agriculture tasks achievement

#Scientific Workshop

SESSION 3

  • Robotic Pesticide-Free Control of Pests in Agriculture

By Pedro Da Silva – BF2I

  • Weed perception and detection for autonomous treatment in the Roseau project (Rose Chalenge)

By Jehan-Antoine Vayssade – AgroSup-Dijon

  • Multi-trajectory approach for a generic coordination paradigm of a wheeled mobile manipulator”

By Guillaume Picard – INRAE

 

 

Organized by RobAgri in collaboration with INRAE.

 

2:00pm to 2:20pm

Pitch - INRAE Montpellier

EU diaScope speeds up grain analysis

Speaker: Florence Meunier, EU DiaScope Deputy Director

2:45pm to 3:15pm

Announcement "Best Concept Field Robot 2020"

The international agricultural robot event FIRA and Future Farming magazine will award a prize for the best field robot concept of 2020.

Don't miss the announcement!

Speaker: René Koerhuis, journalist, expert in ag robots, Future Farming

3:30pm to 4:30pm

Agricultural Robots for fruits and vegetables

#Workshops

PART 1. EXPERIMENTATION (20 min)

SITIA (FR)

TREKTOR - the autonomous and hybrid agricultural tractor. Thanks to its variable track and height, it adapts to different vegetable crops (under greenhouses or in open fields).
TREKTOR is versatile and can work with mechanical, electrical and hydraulic tools. These implements are installed as usual either on 3-point hitch, between the wheels or combined.

PART 2. PITCHES (5 min/pitch)

AGERRIS (AU): Digital Farmhand - an easily modifiable, long endurance, electric platform fitted with smart sensing and tools for real time crop and soil intelligence, and automated weeding.

FarmWise (USA): Titan FT-35 - distinguishes vegetable crops from harmful weeds using computer vision and removes weeds with mechanical tools down to one centimeter of precision.

Automato Robotics (IL): Affordable robot for harvesting greenhouse tomatoes. Autonomously drives, maps and navigates in the greenhouse. Then detects, harvests and collects the tomatoes.

PART 3. FEEDBACKS (20 min)

Feedback from farmers and sharing of their user needs.

Sponsored with:

4:45pm to 5:15pm

From lab to success story: what business model ?

#PART 4: GO TO MARKET!

CONFERENCE

Agricultural robot projects are as different in their applications and functionalities as they are in their very nature: project from Research Center, young start-up, large group spin-off, dedicated R&D department among the historical leaders of the , ... But ultimately, who will win the race? And with what funding and business model?

The speaker of this conference will present the outlook of the agricultural robotics market from 2020 to 2030, as well as the different business models available to manufacturers.

Speakers :

Michael DENT (United-Kingdom)

IDTechEx

Technology Analyst

Michael DENT (United-Kingdom)

IDTechEx

Technology Analyst

Dr Michael Dent is a Technology Analyst at IDTechEx. Having joined in 2019, he supports the company's research and consulting within the life sciences, specialising in food and AgriTech.

5:15pm to 6:15pm

From lab to success story: what business model ?

#PART 4: GO TO MARKET!

ROUND TABLE DEBATE

Agricultural robot projects are as different in their applications and functionalities as they are in their very nature: project from Research Center, young start-up, large group spin-off, dedicated R&D department among the historical leaders of the , ... But ultimately, who will win the race? And with what funding and business model?

In this fourth part, the speakers will try to describe their own development models and the advantages / disadvantages they entail. They will also express their support needs for a sustainable development of their project.

An Agro economist, an Investor, a Public Research project leader, an Industrial project and a Start up CEO will together debate about:

  • Which agricultural robot development models?
  • Which business models? Which constraints to face?
  • Which system will be the most successfull and why?
Speakers :

Seana DAY (USA)

Better Food Ventures & The Mixing Bowl

Partner

Seana DAY (USA)

Better Food Ventures & The Mixing Bowl

Partner

Seana brings over 15 years of investment, M&A advisory and technology experience to Better Food Ventures and The Mixing Bowl. She is a regular ag ecosystem contributor and publishes an annual AgTech Landscape highlighting technology in the ag value chain. Seana previously held advisory and investment roles in food and ag including Director of Strategy and Business Development at AgTech Insight, Fish 2.0 Associate and Managing Director at Centerra Capital providing Agribusiness investment advisory.  Prior to her involvement in food and ag, Seana was a technology investment banker at AGC Partners in London, Ridgecrest Capital Partners in the Bay Area and Headwaters MB in Denver. Her background also includes Head of Restructuring and Operations at Versata Enterprises. She is now based in her hometown of Turlock, in the heart of California’s

Peter HANAPPE (France)

SONY CSL

Researcher

Peter HANAPPE (France)

SONY CSL

Researcher

The issue of sustainable food systems seems to have nothing in common with IT. Yet this is the field of research that interests Peter Hanappe. After a professional career in computer music (Ircam - Centre George Pompidou) and participatory distributed computing (Climateprediction.net with Oxford University), he founded the Robotics for Mircofarms (ROMI) project at Sony Computer Science Laboratories. His goal is to join the technology and food production to the ideas of the collaborative economy.

David BOWLES (Ireland)

The Yield Lab

Venture Capital Investor

David BOWLES (Ireland)

The Yield Lab

Venture Capital Investor

David is a General Partner of Yield Lab Europe where he focuses on sourcing new investments and managing the Yield Lab portfolio. Previously he was a venture capital investor at Delta Partners delivering returns from a diverse portfolio of companies. David started his career at IBM and Merrill Lynch before joining McKinsey & Company.

Erik PEKKERIET (Netherlands)

Wageningen University & Research

Programme Manager Agro Food Robotics

Erik PEKKERIET (Netherlands)

Wageningen University & Research

Programme Manager Agro Food Robotics

Erik is the Programme Manager Agro Food Robotics at Wageningen University & Research. Together with over 40 researchers they work on robotic solutions for the Agri-Food Industry. The team works on machine vision solutions (geometric (2D,3D,motion) and spectral), new AI learning algorithms and robotic systems (intergation tasks, actuators, gripper technology and simulation environments).
Next to this Erik holds positions as: network coordinator agROBOfood, board member EU Robotics TG Agriculture, programme leader on precision horticulture in the Netherlands.

 

W. Wade ROBEY (USA)

Raven Industries, Inc.

Executive Director, Raven Autonomy General Manager, Dot

W. Wade ROBEY (USA)

Raven Industries, Inc.

Executive Director, Raven Autonomy General Manager, Dot

W. Wade Robey, Ph.D. joined Raven Industries in the Applied Technologies Division in August of 2016 as Director, Engineering.  Subsequently, he assumed additional leadership responsibilities for Product Management and Business Development and now holds the role of Executive Director, Raven Autonomy; General Manager DOT.
Prior to joining Raven, Dr. Robey was Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer for POET, the world's largest bioethanol company.  In that capacity, he oversaw the company's vibrant research and commercial development activities at its 28 biorefineries, as well as served on the Board for the POET|DSM JV for Advanced Biofuels.
Dr. Robey has more than 30 years of experience in senior commercial and technical roles in Plant and Microbial Biotech, Food, Enzyme and Animal Nutrition industries at Monsanto Company, Novus International, Cargill, Syngenta, Novozymes and POET.
Dr. Robey earned a BS and MS from Auburn University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

Daria BATUKHTINA (The Netherlands)

Kubota Holding B.V. - Innovation Center

Business Development Manager

Daria BATUKHTINA (The Netherlands)

Kubota Holding B.V. - Innovation Center

Business Development Manager

10+ years of experience in business transformation and digital innovation. I love building a solid connection between the government, corporate, startups and new technologies. My main focus is on solving major social issues by using new technologies.

6:30pm to 7:45pm

How to make the cooperation between the players of a territory an asset for the development of an efficient and sustainable agricultural robotics industry?

#PART 4: GO TO MARKET!

Known on the international stage for its aeronautics and space industry, the Occitanie region is also a land of innovation for agriculture. Endowed with a rich ecosystem, the territory favours the development of agricultural robotics and supports farmers in the appropriation of these new tools.

  • What are the actors' games and the mechanisms in place in terms of financing, skills development, networking and partnerships with agricultural operators?
  • How is agricultural robotics co-constructed?
  • How does the dynamism of academic research and other industrial sectors contribute to the development of the actors of the sector?

This round table, organised live, aims to understand how a territory contributes to the influence of the sector and to highlight the key success factors to achieve this.

SPEAKERS:

Nadia PELLEFIGUE, REGION OCCITANIE, Vice-présidente en charge du Développement économique, de la recherche, de l’innovation et de l’enseignement supérieur

Jacques OBERTI, Président de la Communauté d'Agglomération du Sud-Est toulousain SICOVAL

Marie-Flore DOUTRELEAU, CUMA Occitanie, Chargée de mission Agroéquipement et Agroécologie

Gaëtan SEVERAC, Président de GOFAR et Co-fondateur de Naïo Technologies

TABLE RONDE ANIMÉE PAR :

Pierre Compère, Agri Sud-ouest Innovation

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