Salah Sukkarieh is Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney, and is the CEO of Agerris, a new Agtech startup company from the ACFR developing autonomous robotic solutions to improve agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability. He was the Director Research and Innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics from 2007-2018, where he led the strategic research and industry engagement program in the world’s largest field robotics institute.
He is an international expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems and has led a number of robotics and intelligent systems R&D projects in logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, education, environment monitoring, agriculture and mining. Salah was awarded the NSW Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies in 2014, the 2017 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science, and the 2019 NSW Australian of the Year nominee. Salah is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and has over 500 academic and industry publications in robotics and intelligent systems.
Field Robotics for Horticulture
In this talk I will present the role that field robotics has in horticulture. I will specifically focus on the work we have been doing at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney, however I will touch upon other activities. The talk will look at how mobile platforms, autonomy, sensing and machine learning can come together to provide precision agriculture solutions in the vegetable industry from crop intelligence through to weeding, and the impact/benefit this has for growers.