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Manoj Karkee Agricultural Automation and Robotics Lab

Workshop on Automation and Robotics in Agriculture

December 3, 2019

University Technology Sydney, Australia


World is facing increasingly critical challenges in producing sufficient, quality food, feed, fiber and fuel with depleting farming resources such as water, chemicals and labor. To address these challenges, scientists and engineers around the world have, in recent years, been exploring opportunities in utilizing new innovations in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, and Robotics. Widespread research and development in this area is expected to lead the farming industry towards Ag 4.0 supported by smart, automated/autonomous machines and agricultural systems that will increase consistency and reliability of farming decisions and operations, reduce input (including labor), and optimize crop yield and quality. In this context, this “Workshop on Automation and Robotics in Agriculture” will bring together some of the pioneering researchers and engineers from Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world into a forum where open and interactive discussion can take place on the recent achievements in this area and a collective vision can be spearheaded for the future.

Washington State University-University Technology Sydney Joint Center on #AgRobotics invites interested scientists, researchers, engineers, students and other stakeholders to this half-day workshop to be held at University Technology Sydney on Dec 3, 2019. The workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to be a part of an important discussion led by prominent, invited researchers and entrepreneurs from both academia and industry. The workshop precedes ‘The 6th IFAC Conference on Sensing, Control and Automation Technologies for Agriculture (AGRICONTROL 2019; 4 to 6 Dec, 2019, Sydney)’, but is open to non-AGRICONTROL participants as well.


Please click here for FREE registration  (only name and contact information will be requested).


Date and Time:

3rdth Dec (Tuesday) – noon to 7:00 PM


Alen Alempijevic, University Technology Sydney, Australia

Josse De Baerdemaeker, Ku Leuven, Belgium

Asher Bender, Australian Center for Field Robotics, The University of Sydney, Australia

Manoj Karkee and Qin Zhang – Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems, Washington State University, USA

Mark Whitty, University of New South Wales, Australia


The program:

  • Noon: Light food, social, Demo
  • 1:00 – Invited Talks
  • 3:30 – Coffee and Tech Lab visit
  • 4:15 – Panel Discussion
  • 4:45 – Travel to Attend AgriControl 2019, Reception


Co-Chairs: Robert Fitch and Manoj Karkee

Joint Center on Agricultural Robotics, Washington State University-University Technology Sydney

Contact:, University Technology Sydney or, Washington State University