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15 FEB 2024

16 FEB 2024

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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Cantersteen 16, 1000 Brussels

The Brussels Institute for Advanced Studies is pleased to announce its first forum of the Sustainable Robotics Programme on "Robotics in Agriculture - Where we are, where we are going".


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General Chair : Emanuele Garone (ULB)

Program Chair: Luca Rossini (ULB)

Program Committee: Frederic Francis (ULg), Raphael Junkers (UCL), Francesco Lamonaca (University of Calabria), Mario Contarini (University of Tuscia), Carl Morch (FARI), Yael Edan (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)


Currently most agricultural control action (fertilisation, irrigation, plant protections, weeding, harvesting, etc.) are based on scarcely sampled measurements and are performed homogeneously over large portions of the farm. “Precision Agriculture” aims at overcoming this limitation by performing actions only where and when they are effectively needed. Robotics is one of the key technologies to support the technical challenges of precision agriculture. In this forum worldwide experts will approach the topic from different points of view, providing an overview of the current state of the art and future challenges of robotics in Agriculture.

For in-person attendance, as well as online attendance of the webinar, registration is necessary. please register for both days or choose one of the days by filling out the registration form. This Forum will also be live-streamed on our Youtube channel @BrIAStalks


09:00 -09:30 Registration and Coffee

09:30 – 10:00 Opening speech
– BrIAS directors and Programme Directors

10:00 – 12:30 Session 1: Different points of view about robotics in AgriFood  (11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break)

– Prof. Andrea Gasparri and Dr. Martina Lippi (Università degli Studi “Roma Tre”, Italy)
– Prof. Valerio Cristofori (Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Italy)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 2: Historical and Societal aspect of Robotics and Mechanization in Agriculture

Prof. John Martin (University of Reading, UK)

15:30 – 16:15 Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:45 Session 3: Robotics for Agriculture

– Prof. Lorenzo Marconi (University of Bologna, Italy)
– Dr. Bas Boom (One Planet, Netherlands)
– Prof. Yael Edan (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)


09:00 – 10:30 Session 4: Robotics for Agriculture

– Prof. Fabrizio Dabbene (CNR – IEIIT, Italy)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 Session 5: Sustainable Pest Management: The problem of Sensing, the need for modeling

– Prof. Stefano Speranza and Dr. Mario Contarini (Universita degli Studi della Tuscia, Italy)
– Prof. Francesco Lamonaca (Universita degli Studi della Calabria, Italy)
– Dr. Luca Rossini (ULB)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Session 6: Robotics for Insects, Insects for Robotics

– Prof Emanuele Garone (ULB)
– Dr. Nico Bono-Rossello (Universite de Namur/Sciensano)
– Mateij Karasek (Flapper Drones, Czech Republic)
– Prof. Marco Dorigo (ULB/FNRS)

16:10: Closing