FIRA 2019: The International event on Agricultural Robotics goes Bigger

Monday, October 07, 2019

For the first time in the world, the International Forum of Agricultural Robotics (FIRA) will gather some fifteen manufacturers of agricultural robots from 10-11 December, 2019, in Toulouse, France, in one same place for agricultural robotics.

Agricultural robotics is the undoubted solution for reducing the drudgery of work for producers. It allows manufacturers to provide quality food in sufficient quantity for the increasingly growing global population.

Whether these robots help managing weeds, monitoring hens or providing logistic support, they fulfill fundamental functions for the producers.

The manufacturers who will attend the event include: Naïo Technologies, Ecorobotix, Agrointelli, Vitibot, Tibot, Deepfield Robotics, Sony CSL, Rhoban System, Instar Robotics, Farmwise, SITIA, Meropy. Moreover, exclusives will be unveiled on this special occasion.

This year, the first day will include conferences and round-tables intended to be more field-oriented. The round-tables will be organized by the livestock farming, field crops, fruit and vegetables and viticulture sectors and a technical workshop for advisors and farmers will be conducted on the theme “Agricultural robotics: my business is changing. What are the consequences and the support system?”

A conference on ethical and societal issues in agricultural robotics will be held by Alexei Grinbaum (Researcher at CEA-Saclay and author of “Les robots et le mal” – “Robots and Evil”). A forward-looking conference is also expected with a main focus on the impacts of automation on food quality.

Additionally, round-tables will be organized to discuss the global market for agricultural robotics per major region, as well as the issues of the standardization of these autonomous machines in Europe and worldwide. “This day will gather speakers from all over the world – John Deere, KULT, Lely International, the CEMA, the European Commission, and OECD… – placing FIRA as a resolutely international event of high expertise.”

The first scientific symposium organized by the Robagri association will be held on the second day, the focal point being the state-of-the-art reliability and security of agricultural robots.

The workshop aims to share the latest scientific advances in agricultural robotics with regards to the three following topics: security and control, monitoring and decision-making for mobile robots, interaction between mobile robots and tools. “Again this year, the second day of FIRA will put a premium on facilitating meetings and exchanges between the players of the sector.”

About thirty pitches will be successively delivered to address the main challenges of the robots, from support to production, through the presentation of the robots on site.