It is estimated that we will need to feed 10 billion people by 2050. However, our current farming practices are neither environmentally nor socially sustainable. Coupled with less people wanting to work on farms themselves, what role might digital and robotic technologies play to support daily tasks, improve sustainability and increase agricultural yields? Hear from Salah Sukkarieh – a professor of robotics and intelligent systems at the University of Sydney and CEO of Agerris – as he explores the interaction between robotics, agronomy and the farmers.

Salah Sukkarieh (Australian)

Salah Sukkarieh

Salah Sukkarieh is the Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney, and is the CEO of Agerris. Salah was awarded 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).

Jadey O’Regan (Australian)

Jadey O’Regan

Dr Jadey O'Regan facilitates the Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Music Practice) program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney. In 2014, she was awarded her PhD titled When I Grow Up: The Development of the Beach Boys' Sound, which analysed the development of the distinctive sound of the Beach Boys between 1962 and 1966. Her research has been published in the book Good Vibrations: Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys in Critical Perspective (Ed. Philip Lambert) and research has been presented both in Australia and internationally. Her research interests include the musical analysis of pop music, pop hooks, empirical musicology and music in the 1990s. She is also an established musician and songwriter, and a performing session musician across a variety of genres.