Agricultural robotics is the undoubted solution for reducing the drudgery of work for producers. It allows them to provide quality food in sufficient quantity for the increasingly growing global population.
For its fourth edition on 10-11 December, 2019, in Toulouse, France, the International Forum of Agricultural Robotics (FIRA) offers to support this transition and announces major innovations. The event is now organized by the Global Organization for Agricultural Robotics (GOFAR), in partnership with Meister Media Worldwide and its brands including PrecisionAg, CropLife, AgriBusiness Global, and Growing Produce. FIRA’s exhibition area has tripled with some 15 robots presented, and a first scientific symposium will be organized by Robagri. Conferences, roundtables, and high-quality technical workshops are the highlight of FIRA 2019, which has established itself as the leading event of the sector at the international level.
For the first time, some 15 manufacturers of agricultural robots will be exhibiting. Whether these robots help manage weeds, monitor hens, or providing logistic support, they fulfill fundamental functions for producers. The manufacturers include: Naïo Technologies, Ecorobotix, Agrointelli, Vitibot, Tibot, Deepfield Robotics, Sony CSL, Rhoban System, Instar Robotics, Farmwise, SITIA, and Meropy.
This year, the first day includes conferences and roundtables intended to be more field-oriented. The roundtables are organized by sector (e.g., livestock farming, field crops, fruit and vegetables, viticulture). There is also a technical workshop for advisors and farmers conducted on the theme “Agricultural robotics: my business is changing. What are the consequences and the support system?”
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A session on ethical and societal issues in agricultural robotics will be held by Alexei Grinbaum (Researcher at CEA-Saclay and author of “Les robots et le mal” – “Robots and Evil”). A forward-looking conference is also expected with a main focus on the impacts of automation on food quality.
Additionally, roundtables will be organized to discuss the global market for agricultural robotics per major region, as well as the issues of the standardization of these autonomous machines in Europe and worldwide.
For a full list of speakers, click here.
The first scientific symposium organized by the Robagri will be held on the second day, the focal point being the state-of-the-art reliability and security of agricultural robots. This workshop aims to share the latest scientific advances in agricultural robotics with regards to the three following topics: security and control, monitoring and decision-making for mobile robots, and interaction between mobile robots and tools.
Again this year, the second day of FIRA will put a premium on facilitating meetings and exchanges between the players of the sector. Therefore, about 30 pitches will be successively delivered to address the main challenges of the robots, from support to production, through the presentation of the robots on-site. Finally, business appointments will be arranged to further the meetings and opportunities for partnerships.
Registration is open at www.fira-agtech.com/en/.