My interest in robotics and artificial intelligence have never felt more appropriate than now; applied to the field of agriculture and food production in an era of rapid climate change. I feel incredibly privileged to be part of a group dedicated to finding real-world solutions that could help bring about measurable change for ours’ and the upcoming generations – and the ecosystems within which we co-exist with other life. My focus may change as I move through this programme, but right now I am most inspired by holistic designs of agricultural robots that have multiple modes of operation, encompassing existing as well as new sensory capabilities.
I have spend most of my adult life in East Anglia, Cambridge and Newmarket. My graduate and postgraduate education was tailored very much towards computing, AI and cognitive sciences, however I quickly discovered education so until very recently I was part of a team developing surgical e-learning solutions for the Norwich Medical School at UEA. As a passionate advocate of environmental change, I realised I needed to change my career path – to help contribute to the fight against climate and ecological damage which is why I applied for this programme – it brings my interests in AI together with my environmental motivations.
I have found an amazing opportunity to live in a caravan on a farm near Lincoln for the masters year of the programme which should be interesting (…sometimes cold I suspect) but perhaps an opportunity to put some theory into practice; the farmer seems very forward-thinking. Following that, I will be back at UEA for the PhD which has particular expertise in computer vision and other sensory technologies.
I hope well before this programme is complete, I – like many on this programme – will know more about where I fit. Right now, I envisage myself running a consultancy, helping farmers and land managers utilise powerful on-the-ground technologies to make food production more efficient, use fewer resources and restore biodiversity across the UK and hopefully, global landscapes.
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