Episode 5: Salah Sukkarieh on robots and the future of education and labor in ag

Professor Salah Sukkarieh, also known as Dr. Robot, is revolutionizing the agriculture industry. 'Revolutionize' is not a word to be used lightly, but Salah and his team of 80 researchers at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics indeed do it justice. 

In this episode, Salah takes us through the robots he and his team are building, as well as what technological advances may mean for the future of education, food, regional communities, and the environment.

Tune in for:

  • Salah's journey into robotics, and ultimately to environmental monitoring, detecting invasive weeds, and other agriculture applications
  • Why research in agriculture is different, and the role of the RDC system, industry, and farmers in shaping future technologies
  • The different perspectives of small, medium, and large scale growers on robotics, and the potential of robotics for scale, easy of use, and closing the digital divide
  • How robotics will change business models, operating models, and distribution models...and maybe even farms themselves!
  • What "food security" will mean for Australia in a world where every country- developed and developing- is turning to automation to help on farm and along the supply chain
photo credit: AFR

photo credit: AFR

Salah is a Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, and head of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney. He was recently awarded the 2017 Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science. 

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