In their monthly podcast, querFeldein.blog is talking with experts from science, politics and practice about their ideas for the agriculture of the future. In their latest episode, Cyrill Stachniss is their guest on the future of robotics in agriculture. They are discussion questions on what role robotics will play in arable farming, or if drones together with autonomous machines will replace the work of humans in the fields.
As part of her visit to the University of Bonn, PhenoRob had the chance to present its research to the German Minister of Research and Education, Anja Karliczek, along with the other five Clusters of Excellence at the University of Bonn. At the university’s Nutzpflanzengarten at Campus Popppelsdorf, PhenoRob, led by spokespersons Heiner Kuhlmann and Cyrill Stachniss, had the chance to demonstrate our UAVs and experimental robots for monitoring and targeted weed control in crop production. Karliczek was especially impressed by the technology the core projects brought along: CP4’s robot, usually used in PhenoRob’s central experiment at Campus Klein-Altendorf, additionally to two drones. “I am very happy that the important topic of sustainable agriculture is part of the funding within the German Excellence Strategy,” says Karliczek.
Another milestone for PhenoRob and the agricultural research community: Together with two of the leading universities of the world, ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Lincoln University in the UK, PhenoRob will host the International Summer School “Agricultural Robotics” at the University of Bonn from August 23-27, 2021. “We are very happy about the generous funding by the DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. The Summer School will be a wonderful opportunity for our Master’s and PhD students to get valuable insights into the excellent research that is being done in PhenoRob”, says Nora Berning, Chief Administrative Officer of the Cluster of Excellence PhenoRob. Over the course of five days, 40 young researchers will have the chance to participate in scientific workshops, discussions, trainings and joint activities led by the Cluster’s researchers. The topics covered in the workshops include Machine Learning, Graph-based Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), Robot Perception, Economics of Robotics and Sensing Applications in Agriculture and many more. In light of the excellent line-up, the Cluster is very much looking forward to a productive, informative and memorable week next summer.
The new flagship conference DIGICROP organized by the Cluster of Excellence “PhenoRob” has attracted 950 registered participants from all over the world. The live event on November 10 was organized in three parallel tracks which were continuously visited by 200-250 participants. The 51 video talks and 6 keynotes which covered a wide range of different topics were streamed live into ZOOM via a central conferencing system set up by the Cluster. In contrast to a classical conference format, the organizers opted for longer Q&A sessions to enable interesting discussions on the topic of the conference. As of November 10, the video talks have already generated over 8,500 views. All talks are freely accessible on the conference website at https://digicrop.de/talks/. Open access to all talks gives even those who have missed the live event an excellent opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of the field of digital technologies for sustainable crop production.
6 keynotes, 52 video talks, 12 panels, and 3 parallel tracks: An impressive line-up including speakers from a wide range of different disciplines, the DIGICROP2020 presents the latest developments and trends in the field of “Digital Technologies for Sustainable Crop Production” from November 1-10, 2020. The three parallel tracks revolve around three distinct, yet interrelated, research areas and foci: TECH, SYSTEM, and PHENO. The keynotes by renowned international scientists are somewhat broader in scope and cross disciplinary borders by integrating several research areas and themes.Continue reading “Program of the new digital conference DIGICROP 2020 out now: Save your spot and register online”
The next edition of the PhenoRob Seminar Series on August 14, 2020 from 10:00 to 12:00 will feature talks by two external speakers. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwaneberg, Head of the Institute of Biotechnology at RWTH Aachen, will present novel concepts in the area of protein engineering for innovations in plant health, and Mark Hoffmann and Julian Theis, researcher at Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS , will present the new ATLAS project.Continue reading “Seminar Series with external guests”
When a computer scientist talks to a plant expert: A new exchange opportunity for researchers in the field of digital agriculture has been created. The International Conference “Digital Technologies for Sustainable Crop Production” (DIGICROP) will take place on November 10, 2020 for the first time and in a remote fashion. The scientific event addresses an interdisciplinary audience working at the intersection of engineering, robotics, computer science, crop sciences, agricultural sciences, phenotyping, and economics. DIGICROP thus faces the challenge of combining very diverse fields of expertise for a new research topic to achieve completely new insights in the field of digital technologies addressing progress in agriculture, especially crop production.Continue reading “New Conference on Digital Crop Production in November 2020”
The joint event of FORLand Agricultural Land Markets – Efficiency and Regulation and PhenoRob will host a talk by Emily Burchfield, Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University, on “Cultivating Food Security in a Changing World”.
Prof. Dr. Burchfield will explore the interactions between agriculturally-driven land use change, climate change, and agricultural production in the United States. Her research integrates “big” geospatial datasets with “deep” qualitative data to understand agroecological system dynamics at multiple scales.
This is one of the privileges of a Cluster of Excellence: to invite six outstanding female speakers from all over the world. This is how one of the spokespersons, Heiner Kuhlmann, introduced the PhenoRob Female Talk Series on February 11. On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, PhenoRob had the pleasure to host talks by Margarita Chli (ETH Zurich), Maren Bennewitz (University of Bonn), Aimee von Wynsberghe (TU Delft), Asmeret Asefaw Berhe (UC Merced), Silke Hemmings (Wageningen UR), and Ute Nöthlings (University of Bonn). The speakers covered a wide range of research topics related to PhenoRob: from robotics, ethics and soil sciences to crop production and nutrition.Continue reading “Six excellent speakers at PhenoRob Female Talk Series”
Organised by the DAAD, a delegation from New Zealand science institutions visited PhenoRob at the University of Bonn on 13th January. The two spokespersons of the Cluster of Excellence first gave an interesting overview of the research topics and the necessity for changes in today’s agricultural production. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion with a number of questions from the guests.Continue reading “Visit from New Zealand”