Robots for the Agri-food Industry: from Technology to Acceptance

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Project cluster relation:

— agROBOfood: Business-Oriented Support to the European Robotics and Agri-food Sector, towards a network of Digital Innovation Hubs in Robotics, 

— A Collaborative Paradigm for Human Workers and Multi-Robot Teams in Precis 

Areas mainly addressed: Agri-Food, Robotics and AI/Big Data Value, Autonomy, Collaborative Robots and cloud robotics 

Main questions to be answered: 

· How can we bridge the gap between theory and practice in agricultural robotics? Are the developed solutions robust enough for real-world applications? 

· How can we raise the acceptance of robotics solutions from farmers? Why don’t farmers use the cool tools we have in our labs? 

· Does the application of robotics research translate to real-world impact? Or are we performing research for the sake of research? 

WS Description: Regardless of their great progress, agricultural robotics don’t make it in the fields, but rather remain at a demonstrator level. This gap between today’s technology and what is actually adopted by the farmers needs to be investigated and ultimately bridged. 

This requires robustness and advances in technical topics that surpass current state-of-the-art. Non-technical topics need to be addressed, including cost-benefit analysis of agricultural robots, training of workers, safety and financing. The target audience primarily consists of agricultural robotics and precision agriculture researchers, developers and industrial stakeholders. This workshop aims to a) form a connection between these communities, while introducing more researchers to precision agriculture; b) become a hub among technology providers and researchers, for applying technologies provided from research into the field. 

Intended outcome: Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical) 

Approach: This 80min workshop will be composed of four invited talks and a panel session. The experts’ talks will set the pace of the discussion, covering topics of interest bridging agricultural robotics in research and real-world applications. A panel discussion will involve speakers and the audience where questions by members of the community will be discussed. The main discussion points and outcomes will be interactively captured by means of Miro boards and mind mapping techniques. This will result in a co-creation design session, which will be exploited for identifying hindering aspects of the current approaches as well as new opportunities for the future. 

Contributors: — Philipp Kamps, AgXeed, Netherlands. 

— Andrea Gasparri, Roma Tre University, Italy. 

— Jeroen Wolters, Smart Agri Technology, the Netherlands. 

— Spyros Fountas, Professor in Digital Agriculture, Agricultural University of Athens / Co-founder, EdenLibrary SME, Greece. 

Further information: LinkedIn event page: 


· Lazaros Nalpantidis,, DTU – Technical University of Denmark

· Tsampikos Kounalakis,, Danish Technological Institute 

· SpyrosFountas,, Agricultural University of Athens & EdenLibrary 

· Frits van Evert,, Wageningen University & Research

Event Timeslots (1)

Room 106 – Floor 1
14 March - Agri-Food
Lazaros Nalpantidis