Agricultural Robotics - User-Biology-Robotics integration

Workshop, 5th March, 16:30

How can we improve the interaction between machine and biology? This workshop will address aspects of the challenge of producing more food and biomass - on a smaller area, with less input, and with fewer people involved in the process.


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It is generally agreed that robots and automation will play a major role in the future production of food and biomass.

However, unlike industrial robots, the machines and implements introduced in connection with the production of biological material must be adapted - and be able to adapt - to working in a changing environment and with living matter. Furthermore, in spite of the complexity of the tasks undertaken by agricultural robots and the multiple roles they can play in the production, the robots must be easy and intuitive to operate.

The workshop will focus on how the future challenges in agriculture - relating to, among others, environmental aspects, availability of workforce, and quantitative and qualitative increase in production - can be met by approaches where biology and technology are integrated in systems approaches. The workshop will consider concepts for agricultural production, involving robotics and automation, from a technological, a biological and the user's viewpoint.


16:30 - 16:50

Simon Blackmore

16:50 - 17:10

Barnabas Wetton

17:10 - 17:25

Niels Langkilde

17:25 - 17:40

Keld K. Bertelsen

17:40 - 18:00



  • Simon Blackmore, Harper Adams University College
  • Barnabas Wetton, Designskolen Kolding
  • Niels Langkilde, Bramstrup Estate
  • Keld K. Bertelsen, SDU

Key topics

  • Food and biomass production
  • User-Biology-Robotics

Workshop category

The workshop will comprise lectures and a plenum discussion.


  • Bent S. Bennedsen, RoboCluster,
  • Keld K. Bertelsen, RoboCluster,

Further information


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The European Robotics Forum, organized by the European robotic networks EURON, EUROP, the euRobotics Coordination Action and hosted by The Danish Technological Institute, is in the field of robotics the meeting point for engineers, scientists and business people from all over Europe. The event will take place from 5-7 March 2012 in Odense, Denmark. 

More than 300 robotics researchers from industry and academia, as well as entrepreneurs and public investors, are expected to discuss the latest developments, research challenges and business opportunities for European robotics. 
This year's theme of the European Robotics Forum is "European Robotics towards new horizons".

For more information, registration for the forum, and to become an exhibitor, please visit the official European Robotics Forum 2012 website at