Le 28/02/2024

World FIRA 2024: All the replays are online, watch the 8th edition on demand

For this 8th edition, the World FIRA was once again THE place to be to listen to the experts of the agricultural robotics industry, but also to debate with them during panel discussion, controversies, symposium, keynotes, and workshops.

You missed the last edition, or you want to rewatch the conferences? We've got you covered: here are the replays!

The 5th Scientific Workshop

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Co-organized with INRAe and RobAgri, this day gathered experts to talk about “Agricultural robotics, one of the tools for the agro-ecological transition?”.

  • Opening of the 5th edition of the Scientific Workshop by Roland Lenain - Research Director | INRAE & Stephane Duran - Project manager | ROBAGRI
  • Keynote sessions:

#1 - Taking part of robots to achieve agroecological routes with Cédric Seguineau - Director of the Grand Défi de la Robotique Agricole | ROBAGRI, Leandro Zaza - Autonomous Operation Cluster Manager | TTControl, Miguel Marques - Researcher, PhD Student | INESC TEC, Jorge Avilés - Post-doc | XLIM Research Institute

#2 - Environment recognition for agricultural robot decision with Ard Nieuwenhuizen - Researcher precision agriculture, machine vision and robotics | Wageningen University & Research – Agrosystems Research, Jorand Gallou - PhD Student | University of Roma Tre, Dr Muhammad Khan - SVP of Innovation | Verge Ag, Maciej Szymkowski - AI Team Leader | Lukasiewicz Research Network - Poznan Institute of Technology, Florian Gaurier - Study Engineer | INRAE

#3 - Integration of robots in the farm and human/robot integration with Bruno Tisseyre - Professor | Montpellier SupAgro, André Silva Aguiar - Researcher | INESC TEC, Heinz Rahmig - AI Research | CEIA UFG, Catia Pinto - Executive Director | Associação SFCOLAB - Laboratório Colaborativo para a Inovação Digital na Agricultura, Cyrille Pierre - Research Engineer | INRAE

  • Kick off of the 1st Hackathon du Grand Défi de la Robotique Agricole by RobAgri, with INRAE, Opal-RT Technologies & 4D Virtualiz

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The Agricultural Robotics Controversies

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At FIRA, the debates are what drives us and robotics is one of the biggest topic in agriculture. Farmers, Robot Manufacturers, Students, Researchers... they all have their opinion, and we want to hear it.

Listen an important debate - and sometimes controversial - topics:

  • Agricultural Robotics: to which agricultural and economic models are they suited?
  • Robotized farmers’ dependence and autonomy
  • Sobriety

The objective were to encourage World FIRA participants and agRobotics experts to critically examine competing ideas and positions, question established norms, and devise better-researched and fairer solutions.

With the participation of: Jean-Luc Picourlat - CEO | SOFTIROB - SOFTIVERT, Flavien Roussel - Marketing Content Manager | Naïo Technologies, Frédéric Robert - Head of the Territories and Transitions Division | GIP-LIA, Jean-Baptiste Keruzec - Farmer | GAEC LA SIRGARIE, Pierre Compère - Strategic adviser | Explicite Conseil

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PANEL - Global market trends and opportunities: the Ag robotics scale up

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The agricultural robots market is projected to grow from USD 13.5 Billion in 2023 to USD 40.1 Billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 24.3%.

With dozens of in-field robots models already in activity in Europe and worldwide (25 models in activity in France according to the Observatoire des Usages Numérique en Agriculture), panelists will share their visions:

  • From the market analysis: key figures and trends that drive the market,
  • From the dealers' perspective: their key role in the industry, and the potential businesses (crop types and functions),
  • From the investors point of view: why are ag robotics start-ups so appealing to farmers... so it is for investors too!

Speakers: Thierry Le Briquer - Fruit and Vegetable Business Development | CNH industrial, Pierre Lavail - PRESIDENT | GROUPE T3M, René Koerhuis - Editor | Future Farming, Heather Tunstall - Corporate Content Director, Brand Media & Engagement and Co-Chair | Meister Media Worldwide and Global Ag Tech Initiative

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5 sessions dedicated to the presentation of innovations and calls for projects.

Listen to:

  • Precision weeding of carrots in France: What are the keys to successful innovation? By Carottes de France with Emilie CASTEIL - Project Manager | Carottes de France & Clément Letierce - Technical Manager | Planète Végétal, Pot au Pin
  • How Reliable is your autonomous vehicle? By Septentrio with Stef van der Loo - Market Access Manage
  • Continental Mobile Robots - How to scale your MVP by Continental Ag? with Thiemo Buchner - Product Manager
  • Pecha Kucha: Robotic solutions that were supported by the agROBOfood network with Kees Lokhorst | agROBOfood, Lorenzo Conti | Crover, Juan Perrela | Alphaunmanned Systems, Henri Desesquelles | Osiris, Bram Tijmons | Pats Drones, Lars Berger | FEDE Pulverizadores, Christian Daniel Rodriguez Nunez | Ambimetrics, Martin Ullman | Ullmanna, Yoav Bannitt | Robotic Perception, Jussi Gillberg | Yield Systems
  • GNSS -What's the worst that could happen? by Hexagon | NovAtel with James Szabo - Senior Agriculture Autonomy Product Manager
  • Space and robotics a long-standing tradition by CNES with Thierry CHAPUIS

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1st International Agricultural Autonomy Symposium

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World FIRA launched the first international Agricultural Autonomy symposium, as an international event bringing together the agricultural robotics community.

On 8 February 2024, users, manufacturers, representatives of trade unions and associations working for autonomy and safety gathered for a day of exchange, reflection and work, to contribute to the work in progress. Co-organised by AXEMA and the Grand Défi, three workshops with representatives and spokespersons from international bodies working on the subject, manufacturers of autonomous machinery and, above all, farmer-users coming to challenge manufacturers and legislators on the challenges ahead.

  • Opening: The 1st international Agricultural Autonomy symposium with Maialen Cazenave - Co-director | GOFAR, Guillaume Bocquet - Director of Regulatory Affairs | Axema & Cédric Seguineau - Director of the Grand Défi de la Robotique Agricole | ROBAGRI
  • Workshop 1: Field use cases, farmers' and manufacturers' experience with Joseph Malfait - Senior Wine Buyer, Material & Innovation CPL | MOET HENNESSY, Gaëtan Severac - Co-founder | Naïo Technologies, Philipp Kamps - Product Management | Agxeed, Ole Green - Founder / CEO | Agrointelli, Thomas Beach - CEO | Autonomous Agri Solutions (AAS), Chuck Baresich - President | Haggerty AgRobotics Company, Guillaume Bocquet - Director of Regulatory Affairs | Axema
  • Workshop 2: Framework and application guidelines with Curt Blades - Senior Vice President | Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Dr Rohan Rainbow - Managing Director | Crop Protection Australia, Andrew Olliver - Chairman | AEF (Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation), Christophe Tissier - Technical Advisor | CEMA - European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association, Yoshiyuki Kawase - Principal Scientist | NARO, Alessio Bolognesi - Digital Agriculture Technical Officer | FEDERUNACOMA
  • Workshop 3: Collective intelligence to serve agricultural autonomy challenges - a participative and co-constructive format, participants discussed key topics in the field of autonomy

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World FIRA 2024 Awards Ceremony

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Four categories rewarding the best robots and robot manufacturers announced at the World FIRA during this ceremony.

  • The “Ag Robot of the Year” - farmers' choice: Award for the best robot currently on the market, presented by Future Farming, and selected from the robots featured in the Ag-Robot Buying Guide 2024
  • The “Best Start-up” - investors' choice: prize for the most promising start-up in terms of investment, awarded by the jury of World FIRA investors (Capagro, Rabobank and Fulcrum Capital) following the pitch sessions on February 6 at 2:00 pm.
  • The “Best World FIRA Robot” - participants' choice: The robots exhibiting at World FIRA that received the most votes from participants in the dedicated voting box, awarded by World FIRA: gold, silver and bronze medals.
  • “Hackathon Grand Défi Award”

Speakers: Luca Ferrari - Advanced Sensing & AI Manager | CNH Industrial, Marie-Flore Doutreleau - Agro-equipment and agroecology project manager | FR CUMA Occitanie, René Koerhuis - Editor | Future farming, Geert Hekkert - Chief Editor | Future Farming, Gwendoline Legrand - Co-director | GOFAR, Hervé Pollart - Managing Director and co-founder | OPAL-RT, Jean Laneurit - Director of Engineering | INRAe, Cédric Seguineau - Director of the Grand Défi de la Robotique Agricole | ROBAGRI

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