Simon Pearson

Director
Lincoln Institute of Agri Food Technology
Keynote Speech title : “A route map to robotic deployment in Agriculture”
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Simon Pearson is Professor of Agricultural Technology at the University of Lincoln in the UK. In addition, Simon is the Founding Director of the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology (LIAT), an interdisciplinary research team that works with academia to resolve critical industrial challenges. His research focuses on agri-robotics as well as the application of multiple digital technologies (AI/ML, IoT, Blockchain etc.) across the agri-food supply chain. Prior to joining Lincoln, Pearson was CEO of a large agricultural company, worked for Marks and Spencer plc and as a research scientist at the University of Reading.

Avital Bechar

Associate Professor
Agricultural Research Organization(ARO)
Keynote Speech title : "Agricultural Robotics - Dealing With High Variances in Αgriculture"
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Prof. Avital Bechar is a senior research scientist and the director of the Institute of Agriculture Engineering (IAE) at the Agriculture Research Organization (ARO) in Israel, and an Associate professor at Ben Gurion University, Israel. He was appointed adjunct professor at Purdue University, USA, in the years 2011-2012. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering and a M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering, both from the Technion, Israel, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Ben-Gurion University, Israel, on agricultural robotics and human–robot integrated systems. Prof. Bechar is the founder and head of the Agricultural Robotics Lab at IAE, where he is conducting fundamental and applied research in robotics for agriculture, human-robot collaborative systems, sensor technologies and developing new concepts and approaches for the operation and development of agricultural robots. He is the author of more than 100 articles in peer reviewed scientific publications. He authored several book chapters and has leaded and participated in more than 40 local and international research projects. Prof. Bechar is the former chairman of the Israeli Society of Agricultural Engineering (ISAE), a co-founder of the Israeli Robotics Association (IROB), a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Agricultural Robotics, a member of the intelligent automation and robotics work group (AE09) of the European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng), a member of the CIGR Section V committee (Systems management) and till recently, an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on automation, Science and Engineering journal.

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