A video entry submitted by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) featuring the pioneering agriculture robotics work of Professor Salah Sukkarieh FTSE has won a prestigious global prize for communicating an engineering success story.
Professor Sukkarieh, who leads Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney, won the CAETS Communication Prize for a video which showcases smart farming robotics which improves business outcomes, food quality and environmental sustainability.
The video depicts the innovative use of solar powered robotics on farms which collect large amounts of data using sensors and AI algorithms to make efficient farming decisions.
The technology not only scouts the crops for pests or disease, it can stop and take a soil sample or identify a weed and micro spray it in one journey – in essence doing 4 tasks in one pass.
The CAETS Communications Prizes were announced overnight (Tuesday 27 September) at the Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) Annual Conference hosted in Versailles, France. CAETS is an international organisation of engineering and technological sciences academies from more than 30 countries and six continents. The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) is a founding member.
The international competition aims to find the most compelling technological and engineering innovations, communicated in a way to inspire the public and aspiring young technologists.
There were two categories for the Communication Prizes: Engineering Success Stories and High Potential Innovations.
The Engineering Success Stories winner is a video submitted by ATSE detailing the work of Professor Salah Sukarieh FTSE which communicates a robotic farming innovation showcasing how robotics can improve profitability and margins and educate the next generation of sustainable farmers.
The High Potential Innovations winner is a video submitted by the Indian National Academy of Engineering detailing the work of Professor Jayanta Mukhopadhyay which showcases the iMediXcare Telemedicine System.
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