Salah Sukkarieh is the Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney. For over 20 years he has been researching, developing and operationalising robotic and AI systems for agriculture in various domains from horticulture to grains and livestock. His work has encompassed ground and air drones, sensors and machine learning systems, and intelligent tools to undertake laborious tasks on farm. He was the Director Research and Innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics from 2007-2018, where he led the strategic research and industry engagement program in the world’s largest field robotics institute. He is an international expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems and has led a number of robotics and intelligent systems R&D projects in logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, education, environment monitoring, agriculture and mining. Salah was awarded the 2022 International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences Communication Prize for Engineering Success , the NSW Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies in 2014, the 2017 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science, and the 2019 NSW Australian of the Year nominee. Salah is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and has over 500 academic and industry publications in robotics and intelligent systems.
Agriculture Robotics and AI in South East Asia and the Oceania – Case Studies from Australia, Indonesia, Samoa and Fiji
The Digital Farmhand is a robotic platform designed for smallholder farms. The robotic platform is solar-electric powered, and can operate for 4-15 hours. On the robot there are sensors that can monitor individual plants and detect weeds and pests. The platform is easy to use and comes in various sizes depending on the farm size and application.