Posted 30 November 2012
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A visiting Japanese robotics expert has been assisting the Harper Adams University College Engineering Department in the development of third generation agricultural robots.
Professor Noboru Noguchi from Hokkaido University was sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering to spend three weeks on campus as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow.
His visit included speaking at the IAgrE High Technology for Agriculture seminar held at Harper Adams, where his presentation covered robot farming systems using multiple robots.
Also speaking at the seminar was Professor Tony Prescott of the Sheffield Centre for Robotics, Professor Tony Pipe from Bristol Robotics Laboratory and Head of Engineering at Harper Adams, Professor Simon Blackmore.
Professor Blackmore said: “We created a very busy schedule for Professor Noguchi but felt it was important to combine his visit to the UK with speaking at the IAgrE seminar.
“His presence during the day was a real highlight and we feel privileged that he was able to share his experiences as one of the world leaders in robotic agriculture.”
Other highlights from Professor Noguchi’s visit to the University College and UK included trips to Staffordshire, Bristol and Sheffield universities, JCB and various events at Harper Adams.
He also gave lectures to engineering students and travelled to London to attend Professor Blackmore’s inaugural lecture entitled, “Precision Farming – Agricultural Engineering for the 21st Century”.
Principal Dr David Llewellyn added: “We were very pleased to be able to welcome Professor Noguchi to Harper Adams. His presentations were an inspiration to our students and staff, and his visit provided an ideal opportunity for us to talk about international collaboration in agricultural robotics and precision farming”.
Speaking about his visit to Harper Adams, Professor Noguchi, said: “I am honoured to be here, as Harper Adams University College has recently established The National Centre for Precision Farming.
“I really enjoyed exchanging information and ideas with Professor Simon Blackmore and others in terms of future agricultural technology. We also discussed about future co-operation in research and student exchange.
“I look forward to establishing further collaboration with Harper Adams University College.”
To conclude Professor Noguchi’s visit to Harper Adams, he was thanked for his kindness and presented with a special gift – a framed print of the University College’s main building.