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Why can’t a robot harvest a strawberry?

4th April 2018

Picking a strawberry - a simple enough task, but one that’s surprisingly hard to automate. Imagine you’re picking a strawberry. First, you identify your target and move your hand towards it. As you move your arm, you can feel...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Vlog

AI and the future of agriculture

16th March 2018

Simon Jordan, Robotics & Control Lead, explains how agriculture will benefit from advances in machine vision and AI. New technologies are making huge steps forward, enabling machines to be adaptable...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
Whitepaper

AI: understanding and harnessing the potential

21st February 2018

Our new report provides a recipe for responsible governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI), aimed at combatting fears that deep learning and machine learning are an all-encompassing force taking over industry...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
Vlog

AI in farming - personal care for plants

14th February 2018

You may be familiar with the phrase 'Work smarter, not harder', well that applies to agricultural machinery just as much as people... In this video Simon Jordan looks that the technologies that are now making their way...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Optics
  • Robotics
Opinion

Current issues and technology underpinnings in retail

6th February 2018

'Bricks & mortar' retail is under  pressure from e-commerce and shifting consumer behaviour, leading established providers and innovative start-ups to leverage AI, machine vision and novel sensors to win customers...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
  • Tracking & location
Opinion

Unleash the robots: the robotic renaissance

30th January 2018

"The robotics renaissance” - a well-matched team of robots-cobots, cloud computing, AI and 5G are leading this exciting ride into the future. When I was researching the effect of 5G on robotics, the movie ‘Clash of...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
Opinion

Love me, love my fridge

16th January 2018

Will our robot companions of the future be lovable? Will they display empathy? Our future companions will use verbal and non-verbal cues to understand us. History is full of heartwarming love stories...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Opinion

2018 - the year of robot farming?

11th January 2018

The last two years have shown an incredible game changing growth in the capabilities of machines, and automated systems. Agriculture faces a need to automate, and a push of immature technology...

  • Digital services
  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
Opinion

Circular Economy in Agriculture

20th September 2017

Farmers have acted as stewards of natural resources – soil, water, plants, fertilizers, wildlife and so on – for centuries. So circular economy thinking – which encourages business models...

  • Innovation management
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics