Bigger doesn’t always mean better.
To meet the needs of a rapidly growing human population, we need to grow more food than ever before.
So we are making our machinery bigger than ever before.
But what if we stopped making things bigger and just made them smarter?
What if that little engine that could … became the machine that did?
This is what drives us. We know robotic technology holds the key to the future of farming and we want to bring it to you.
Thursday 7th Aug – 8.45am
Gold Coast Convention Centre
The vision to develop robotic farming technology came from innovative grain and cattle farmer Andrew Bate. Andrew has spent a life time in agriculture; he has trained as an agronomist, and farms near Emerald, Central Queensland Australia. Andrew is passionate about ensuring the future generations of farmers have a vibrant, economic, and sustainable future in the cropping industry. Andrew graduated from the University of Queensland with an Assoc. Dip App Science – Agronomy.
Campbell may have been a former Premier of Queensland and Lord Mayor of Brisbane but he has a passion and commitment to agriculture that spans 40 years. Growing up in northern Tasmania he was fully involved with the operations of the family farm and earned his first pay packet irrigating potatoes. After his time as an Army Engineer he worked as the General Manager Operations of Grainco Australia running the companies grain storage and handling infrastructure across central and southern Queensland. Campbell firmly believes that robotic technology will transform agriculture, delivering higher productivity, lower costs, reduced environmental impacts and more sustainable management of the land. He has an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering (UNSW) and an MBA in Financial Management (UQ).
Jocie is a founding director of SwarmFarm Robotics and has life time experience in agriculture. She grew up on a sheep and beef cattle operation south-west of Blackall, Queensland Australia. She has trained as an agricultural economist and has many years’ experience in agricultural consulting, rural finance and grain farming. Jocie graduated from the University of New England, Armidale with a Degree in Agricultural Economics.
Neville also has a life time of experience in agriculture. He has 20 years experience as an agronomist in cotton, grain and horticulture. For the last 10 years he has worked as a finance and agribusiness consultant. Neville has also grown irrigated cotton and currently produces table grapes, hay and cattle on his farm near Emerald, Central Queensland Australia. Neville graduated from the University of Queensland, Gatton with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Rural Technology.
Lasitha has years of experience in industrial automation and agricultural robotics. He is completing a PhD in robotics from University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and moved from Sri Lanka to Australia after winning a scholarship to study robotics at UTS.
Grant has software and computer vision experience, specialising in multi robot control and coordination. Grant is about to complete a combined Bachelor degree in Mechatronics Space and Advanced Physics with honours from The University of Sydney.
Fred has experience in several experimental robotics projects, ranging from mobile manipulators to autonomous rovers designed to operate in extreme environments. Studying at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), his current research involves the utilisation of robotic arms to automate and enhance various farming processes.
Will has years of experience in agriculture from being raised and working on the family sheep and grain property just east of Harden NSW. His passion for the land and special interest in agricultural robotics led him to study a Bachelor of Agricultural Engineering with honours at the University of Southern Queensland.
We’re a small team with a big goal!
If you can dazzle us with your talent, passion and potential, you’ll get to work on one of the most exciting projects around!
We are always on the lookout for passionate, talented people, so please drop us a line.