Session
Title: Robotics
Date: Tue Jul 17, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Moderator: John Fulton
Robotics Ecosystem

Agriculture is moving rapidly towards automation of many field operations. This automation trend is driven by increasing equipment size and sophistication coupled with the human operator’s inability to monitor and control critical machine functions. Today, supervised autonomy will facilitate removal of operators from the field environment. Field machinery void of the traditional operator platform will change dramatically. Topics affecting future field machinery configurations will include reduced vehicle weights (e.g. eliminate of soil compaction), changes to cropping systems (e.g. monoculture to polyculture), mechanical life versus technical obsolescence, field operation logistics, operations, environmental benefits, alternative ownership models, and the role of venture capital in creating agricultural businesses of the future. Simply stated, technologies developed outside of agriculture will become the new driving force of our industry.

Scott Shearer (speaker)
Professor and Chair
Ohio State University, Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
Columbus, OH 43210
US

Scott Shearer received his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Ohio State in 1986. Currently, he serves as Professor and Chair of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Ohio State. Highlights of his research career include development of controls for metering and spatial applying crop inputs, modeling of agricultural field machinery, autonomous field machinery, and strategies for deployment of sUAS in agriculture. He has lead research supported by over $15M in grants; authored more than 200 technical publications; and has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences, professional meetings and farmer forums. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Length (approx): 40 min
 
Robots in Agriculture ... Around the World

Marc will provide the latest in robotics in agriculture from around the world. 

Recent travels to Chile, Spain, Canada and China, and intense contacts in Germany, France and Japan have supplemented Marc’s extensive earlier experience in global Ag Tech developments. There is no common definition of “Ag Tech”. It is presented as a list, or a map, or a scheme, usually with  logotypes of start ups. Marc will share his insights on how the different areas of Ag Tech logically fit together and how the production unit, or the farm plays a major role. This insight is new, an eye opener, and is presented to the public for the first time at InfoAg 2018.

The development of robots in crop agriculture has accelerated. More applications, more underlying technologies and more countries are involved. Nine examples from 7 countries illustrate what is actually happening. These projects are either in the market today, or in field tests with detailed plans for commercial launches by end 2019, 18 months from today. It will feel like the Farm Progress Show 2021!

The entry into agriculture by major technology companies plays a crucial role. Many ‘giants’ are sniffing at Ag Tech, or have started to work on it. Marc lists 17 of them. Technology for self driving cars is being used in agricultural equipment, today.  

Reuters publishes yearly a ranking of ‘most innovative’ universities’. The good news is that many of these innovators are active in agriculture. In fact, a 600 year old university is a recognized leader! Eleven universities in nine countries are preparing the launch of agricultural robots, indeed.

Marc also will initiate the concept of “clusters”, or how in some places the combination of education, community, research, financing and corporate presence creates the right environment for the development of future technologies, including Ag Tech and robots. St. Louis is an agricultural cluster. Marc will show 15 locations in the world, in 10 countries, where cluster effects are clearly at work, and identifies 5 Ag Tech ‘superclusters’ that may (or will) shape the future of agriculture.

All this innovative drive comes from human ingenuity and creativity. People play a key role. Marc will illustrate this with three profiles of leaders, above the pack personalities, with outsize influence, discrete and effective.  

Marc Vanacht (speaker)
Principal
Ag Business Consultants
St. Louis, MO 63108
US

Education: University: UFSIA Antwerp and KU Leuven (Belgium), degrees in Business Administration, Law, Economics and Philosophy. Postgraduate: Stanford University Graduate School of Business (Executive courses) Fluent in 5 languages: English, French, Dutch, German and Spanish. Career: 1975 - 76: Lintas Advertising Agency in Brussels. Unilever & Canon accounts. 1976 - 91: Monsanto Europe (located in Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Lyon, Brussels) Advertising Manager for the launch of Roundup herbicide in W. Europe Country Marketing Manager in Spain and in France Brand Manager, Roundup products for Europe, Africa & Middle East Strategy Manager Europe, Africa & Middle East Market identification for GMO technology Patent expiration Strategy for Roundup Business, market and products development for new chemicals In-licensing of new products from Japan 1991 - 96: Monsanto HQ in St Louis, Innovation Team, reporting to the CEO Screened 500 ideas, narrowed them down to 4 concepts launched into the market Took charge as Intrapreneur of one of the concepts, in the area of Big data for agriculture 1996 - current: Independent Strategic Business Consultant based in St Louis, Missouri Consulting Projects: Customers: multinational corporations, government agencies, farmers organizations, universities Geography: frequent travel to USA, Americas, W Europe, East Asia, occasionally to S-E Asia and Africa Expertise: Advanced technologies in agriculture Precision agriculture Technology exchange Bridge between markets and science, technology & engineering New product market identification, development and market launch Product life cycle management

Length (approx): 40 min
 
Robotics in Agriculture Panel Discussion

Extra time for questions and answers about robotics. 

Scott Shearer (speaker)
Professor and Chair
Ohio State University, Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
Columbus, OH 43210
US

Scott Shearer received his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Ohio State in 1986. Currently, he serves as Professor and Chair of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Ohio State. Highlights of his research career include development of controls for metering and spatial applying crop inputs, modeling of agricultural field machinery, autonomous field machinery, and strategies for deployment of sUAS in agriculture. He has lead research supported by over $15M in grants; authored more than 200 technical publications; and has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences, professional meetings and farmer forums. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Marc Vanacht (speaker)
Principal
Ag Business Consultants
St. Louis, MO 63108
US

Education: University: UFSIA Antwerp and KU Leuven (Belgium), degrees in Business Administration, Law, Economics and Philosophy. Postgraduate: Stanford University Graduate School of Business (Executive courses) Fluent in 5 languages: English, French, Dutch, German and Spanish. Career: 1975 - 76: Lintas Advertising Agency in Brussels. Unilever & Canon accounts. 1976 - 91: Monsanto Europe (located in Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Lyon, Brussels) Advertising Manager for the launch of Roundup herbicide in W. Europe Country Marketing Manager in Spain and in France Brand Manager, Roundup products for Europe, Africa & Middle East Strategy Manager Europe, Africa & Middle East Market identification for GMO technology Patent expiration Strategy for Roundup Business, market and products development for new chemicals In-licensing of new products from Japan 1991 - 96: Monsanto HQ in St Louis, Innovation Team, reporting to the CEO Screened 500 ideas, narrowed them down to 4 concepts launched into the market Took charge as Intrapreneur of one of the concepts, in the area of Big data for agriculture 1996 - current: Independent Strategic Business Consultant based in St Louis, Missouri Consulting Projects: Customers: multinational corporations, government agencies, farmers organizations, universities Geography: frequent travel to USA, Americas, W Europe, East Asia, occasionally to S-E Asia and Africa Expertise: Advanced technologies in agriculture Precision agriculture Technology exchange Bridge between markets and science, technology & engineering New product market identification, development and market launch Product life cycle management

Length (approx): 40 min