17-19 February 2015
Rydges Lakeland Resort
Queenstown
New Zealand


Special Session on Sensing, Automation and Robotics in Agriculture

Ian Woodhead
Chief Scientist
Lincoln Agritech Ltd
Lincoln University
Objectives:

Adoption of new technologies in agriculture is increasing, driven by the need for better and less resource intensive methods to increase productive efficiency, reduce the demand on scarce labour resource particularly in remote areas, and to lower the impact of agriculture on the environment. This session is closely aligned with the intent of ICARA and is particularly relevant to the New Zealand context, but is also important globally. Research within this topic has the potential to improve land productivity and thereby facilitate meeting the world’s demand for safe, quality food products and, through better land management, maintaining the natural and recreational environment.

The overall objective of the session is to encourage presentation of research papers within the underlying agricultural application theme, and thereby elicit common research threads, provide delegates with the opportunity for joint research effort, and to avoid duplication of research effort. Further aims include inspiring new research directions and more pragmatically, provide context and practical aspects of on-farm and in-orchard environments that demand robust, fit-for-purpose technology.

Topics

The range of topics for this session is broad and includes for example:

  • Sensors that determine stress on livestock or plants
  • Adaptive technologies that manage plants, soil or animals according to as-sensed status
  • New manipulators and their control systems to grip, cut, hold or inoculate
  • Methods for navigating rough, undulating, or row-bound terrain
  • Autonomous vehicles for tilling, drilling, planting, weeding, pruning or harvesting.

Chair
Ian Woodhead
Chief Scientist
Lincoln Agritech Ltd
Lincoln University

Organised and Sponsored by

Technical Co-Sponsors

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation

Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation

IEEE NZ Central Section

IEEE NZ Central Section

New Zealand Robotics,
Automation and
Sensing (NZRAS)
(http://nzras.org.nz/)